By Justin Mattingly
It was another fun night of action in the PGCBL as teams took the field in their first set of Sunday games. Let’s recap:
Albany 5 Watertown 3
25 innings in 2 days. The Albany Dutchmen have played their fair-share of baseball over the past 48 hours. On Sunday, the Dutchmen stayed perfect on the young season, improving to 4-0 as they beat the Watertown Rams 5-3 in 13 innings. Albany remains atop the East Division while the Rams sit in 3rd place in the West Division.
Albany catcher Cameron Miller doubled to lead off the top of the 13th and pinch runner Will Miller came around to score on a Jake Hanson single up the middle, giving Albany a 4-3 lead. Hanson advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on a Josh Lee single to right field to give the Dutchmen an insurance run.
Albany trailed 3-2 heading into the top of the 9th but scored a run with two outs to tie the game. Watertown had previously taken a 3-2 lead in the 8th on a Drew Hercik RBI single that scored Josh Hassell. This came after Albany tied the game at two in the top half of the inning on a Sean Aspinall single.
Rams starter Corbin Powers pitched a gem in his no decision. The southpaw hurled seven innings, allowing one run on three hits while striking out eight. Dutchmen starter and fellow southpaw Chris Amorosi tossed five innings allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. Dylan McGee threw two innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory for the Dutchmen. Rams reliever Kyle Simmons took the loss for the home team.
Willi Martin went 2-for-6 with a solo home run for Watertown. He was one of five Rams to have multiple hits in the game. For Albany, Cameron Miller went 3-for-6 with a double and was one of four Dutchmen to have multiple hits.
Mohawk Valley 6 Elmira 4
It was “Strike Out Breast Cancer Night” in Little Falls and the home team walked away with a victory, defeating Elmira 6-4. The win puts Mohawk Valley at 2-2 and in 3rd place in the East Division while Elmira falls to .500 after winning its first two games of the season, but the Pioneers are still in 2nd place in the West Division.
Elmira grabbed an early 2-0 lead on RBI singles from Nick Walker and Zac Bellinger. After both teams scored lone runs in the third, Chris Kalousidian slugged a home run to give Elmira a 4-1 lead.
Mohawk Valley broke out for four runs in the bottom of the sixth, all without recording an extra base hit. The DiamondDawgs took a 5-4 lead on a Justin Thomas 2-RBI single, putting Mohawk Valley up for good. Thomas drove in a run his next time up to bat in the eighth to extend the DiamondDawg lead to 6-4.
Elmira starter Bryson Hough tossed five innings of one-run ball while striking out five in his no decision. He was relieved by Zach Bican who came on in the sixth and allowed four Mohawk Valley runs as he took the loss.
Nick Petrella had a quality start for the DiamondDawgs, going six innings allowing three earned runs as he picked up the win. Tyler Brien recorded four outs to earn the save for Mohawk Valley.
Justin Thomas finished 3-for-3 for the DiamondDawgs while Chris Kalousidian was perfect for Elmira, going 4-for-4. Elmira had ten hits on the night, boosting its team batting average to a league-leading .277.
Amsterdam 11 Glens Falls 5
Amsterdam is finally in the win column. After a winless first three games of the season for the back-to-back PGCBL champs, the Mohawk offense erupted for 11 runs as the visiting squad defeated host Glens Falls, 11-5.
Amsterdam scored six runs in the first inning with only one extra-base hit. Glens Falls starter Brad Currao lasted only a third of an inning as he gave up the six Mohawk runs on three hits while walking four batters.
Amsterdam added three more runs in the third to extend its lead to 9-1. Jack Csezewski and Josh Gardiner both contributed RBI singles in the inning. Glens Falls scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 10-4 game after Amsterdam scored a run in the top half of the inning.
Mohawk starter Taylor Blatch picked up his first win of the season, going five innings allowing three earned runs and striking out five. Reliever Taylor Hackimer finished the game for Amsterdam without allowing an earned run.
Despite only seven hits, Glens Falls is still hitting .266 as a team, second in the PGCBL. Amsterdam’s ERA is now 2.84, good for third in the league.
Utica 7 Adirondack 6
Utica came back from a 6-5 ninth inning deficit to win at home against Adirondack, the Brewers first win of the season. Anthony Villa delivered a walk-off single to seal the victory for the Brewers.
Now let’s preview tonight’s action:
Newark at Adirondack 11:00 a.m.
The West Division leading Newark Pilots will make the trip to Boonville for a day game, as they will face the Adirondack Trail Blazers. Newark was off on Sunday as Adirondack lost 7-6 to the Utica Brewers, despite going into the ninth inning with a 6-5 lead. Newark’s team ERA of 1.29 is best in the PGCBL while Adirondack’s 6.15 is ranked last in the league. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.
Mohawk Valley at Glens Falls 7:00 p.m.
Two nights after facing off in Little Falls, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will face the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, this time at East Field in Glens Falls. The Golden Eagles had won three straight before losing to Amsterdam last night. Mohawk Valley beat the Elmira Pioneers to go to 2-2 on the young season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Utica at Watertown 7:00 p.m.
Missed opportunities cost Watertown a chance to have a three game winning streak, losing on Sunday to the Albany Dutchmen in 13 innings. Tonight they will face the Utica Brewers who won in walk-off fashion on Sunday night against Adirondack. First pitch in Watertown is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Elmira at Albany 7:05 p.m.
Albany looks to remain undefeated as the Dutchmen host the Elmira Pioneers. Elmira started the season 2-0 before dropping its last two games to Newark and Mohawk Valley, respectively. Albany is coming off a 48 hour stretch in which Nick Davey’s club played 25 innings. Kevin Landgrebe is set to take the mound for the Dutchmen. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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