Amsterdam Mohawks (Opening Night 2011)
COOPERSTOWN 5 ELMIRA 1
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Chris Kono (Holy Cross) and Conor Kerins (West Chester) combined to pitch eight shutout innings and Danny Nelson (Cal State Monterey Bay) went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three doubles to power the Hawkeyes past the Pioneers at Doubleday Field. The Cooperstown victory pulled the Hawkeyes even with the Pioneers for first place in the PGCBL West. Kono limited the explosive Elmira offense to just two hits; he walked three and struck out four. Kerins fanned three and did not allow a hit in two innings. Nelson was the catalyst for the Cooperstown offense. He singled and scored on a Ben Miller (Shippensburg) two-run base hit in the first and then doubled and scored on a Ben Manlove (Chico State) sacrifice fly in the third. Back-to-back doubles by Nelson and Esteban Meletiche (Keystone) in the sixth produced Cooperstown's fourth run and Meletiche gave Cooperstown a 5-0 lead when he crossed the plate on a Ben Miller fielders' choice. Miller finished 1-for-4 with three RBI and Meletiche went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Five different Elmira players had one hit and Ty Yesensky (Old Dominion) scored the lone run for the Pios in the ninth. Elmira starter Matt Niedzwiecki (Manchester CC) struck out a game-high seven but allowed five runs on seven hits in four and one-third innings.
GLENS FALLS 4 MOHAWK VALLEY 1
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - Neil Fryer (Siena) threw a three-hit shutout over five innings and Anthony Pisani (So. Maine) sparked a two-run outburst in the fifth as the Golden Eagles handed the DiamondDawgs their first loss of the season. The win also tied Glens Falls and Mohawk Valley for first place in the PGCBL East. Fryer retired the first seven batters he faced and never let a Mohawk Valley runner advance safely past second base. The Greenwich, N.Y., native struck out seven including for the first six batters he faced. Glens Falls tallied an unearned score in the first but it was Pisani that created breathing room in the fifth. The Golden Eagle shortstop smashed a two-out RBI double and then scored on a Roger Bernal (UTPA) RBI single. Tyler Townsend (Kentucky) rallied the Dawgs in the sixth with a run-scoring single but Glens Falls reliever Kevin Cowan (UAlbany) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to end the offensive outburst. Cowan and David Olson (Tacoma CC) combined to pitch four scoreless innings of relief. Ricky Claudio (St. Thomas, Fla.) led the Golden Eagles with two hits, Anthony Pisani and Roger Bernal each went 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored. Mohawk Valley's Dustin Stanton (So. Maine) turned in a complete game effort in defeat. He gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and struck out three.
AMSTERDAM 1 ALBANY 0
ALBANY, N.Y. - Four Amsterdam pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout and Parker Morin (So. Idaho) belted an RBI single in the fourth inning to help the Mohawks edge the Dutchmen on Sunday night at Bob Bellizzi Field. Nick Polsinelli (Saint Rose), Brett Houseal (Marist), Bryce Eisenbart (Paradise Valley CC) and Abram Williams (Radford) combined to scatter four Albany singles and strike out 11 batters. Polsinelli fanned a game-high six in four frames of two-hit pitching. The Mohawks mound quartet also forced Albany to strand nine runners on base including the potential game-tying run on third in the bottom of the ninth. The only run of the game came in the fourth inning. Josh Nethaway (UAlbany) led off with a double and then scored on a single up the middle by Morin to break a scoreless tie. Albany's best chances to record a run came in the first, eighth and ninth. Brandon Trinkwon (UCSB) was thrown out at home plate by Amsterdam center fielder Josh Alexander (Utah) in the first. Tribe closer Abram Williams induced inning-ending ground outs in the eighth and ninth with a runner on third base. Albany starter Steven Poche (SE Louisiana) took the hard-luck loss. He gave up a run on three hits in four and one-third innings. Dutchmen reliever Austin Chase (UAlbany) held the Mohawks scoreless of four and two-thirds innings and allowed just one hit.
NEWARK AT WATERTOWN
WATERTOWN, N.Y. - Sunday's game between the Newark Pilots and the Watertown Wizards at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds was postponed because of rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 9 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Each game in the doubleheader will be seven innings.