The playoff hopes of the Albany Dutchmen were hanging in the balance during the late innings at Bellizzi Field on Sunday night. The Dutchmen lived to fight another inning, as they rallied with two late to tie the game at three, but a tenth-inning sac-fly off the bat of Glens Falls outfielder Buddy Putnam (South Florida) erased the comeback and made life a lot tougher on the Dutchmen in the season's remaining days, as they lost the game 4-3.
Albany starter Blake Smith (Morehead State) ran into early trouble as a Kevin Meyers (NE Oklahoma A&M) 2-RBI double followed by a Putnam RBI single gave the Golden Eagles a 3-0 lead in the top half of the second. Smith was able to settle down, as he grinded through six innings for the Dutchmen. He allowed nine hits and only those three runs, while striking out and walking two.
The Dutchmen got Smith off the hook for a loss with a late rally, as they scored one in the sixth and two in the eight to tie the game. A Mike Triller (Clemson) single moved Jon Mestas (Buffalo) and his leadoff walk to second base to bring up the Spotlight Player of the Week and hot-hitting shortstop Adam Young (UC Davis) to the plate. Young delivered an RBI single to left field to make it a 3-1 game. Glens Falls starting pitcher Ryan Peterson (Yavapai) then walked a batter to put himself in a tough bases loaded, nobody out situation, with arguably Albany's best hitter coming to the plate.
Peterson was able to right the ship and tight rope out of danger as he struck out Will Remillard (Coastal Carolina), got Ryan Gasporra (Centenary) to pop out in foul territory, and then he helped himself out, as he made a running catch in foul territory, off the bat of Jared Martin (Cumberlands), that carried him into the Albany dugout. The Glens Falls fans that made the trip were very appreciative with their cheers as Peterson made a "web gem" to end the inning.
Peterson worked 6 and 1/3 innings before he gave way to the bullpen. He scattered four hits, while only allowing the one run. He struck out seven while only walking two. Unfortunately for Peterson, the bullpen couldn't hang on as a Martin RBI groundout and a Mestas RBI single tied the game at three in the home half of the eighth.
Martin, the Albany third basemen, stole the show in the top half of the ninth, as he made two tremendous plays to save the game, albeit momentarily, for the Dutchmen. Ultimately, All-Star closer Trevor Lacosse (Bryant) gave up his first earned run of the season in the tenth, and the Dutchmen couldn't stage another comeback as they dropped the contest by the score of 4-3.
The win improves Glens Falls record to 25-20 as they look poised to grab a playoff spot and compete in the playoffs. The loss drops the Dutchmen to 20-22, as they would need to win almost all of their remaining games and get some help from other teams to sneak into the playoffs.
The atmosphere was good at Bellizzi Field as the Muscular Dystrophy Association raffle left fans happy as they left with many prizes, including a 42-inch flat screen TV. Unfortunately for the Albany fans, they did not leave with a much-needed victory.