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Last night’s games:
Albany 6 Adirondack 3 Game One
In game one of a doubleheader in Boonville, the Albany Dutchmen beat the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 6-3.
Albany struck first, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Sean Aspinall doubled home Adam Lee and Aspinall came around to score on a Cameron Miller RBI single. RJ Devish made it a 2-1 game in the bottom of the second with a solo home run, his first of the season. Albany scored two more in the top of the fifth inning as Aspinall singled home Justin Brock and Lee to make it 4-1.
Mike Carter hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to make it a 4-3 game. It was Carter’s second long ball of the year. Albany answered with a two-run home run of its own, a shot to left field from Cameron Miller, his first of the season, scoring Aspinall.
Jose Hernandez tossed 4.1 innings and picked up the win for Albany. Kyle Zurak notched his third save of the season with a scoreless seventh inning. Brian Sondergard took the loss for Adirondack.
Albany 8 Adirondack 3 Game Two
The Albany Dutchmen got back to .500 on the season with an 8-3 win over the Adirondack Trail Blazers in game two of the doubleheader.
The Dutchmen scored seven runs in the top of the second to gain a lead they would not relinquish. Demetrius Webb had a 2-RBI single to score the first two runs of the inning, James Locklear added an RBI single, Danny Hrbek had a 2-RBI single. As he did in game one, Sean Aspinall hit a 2-RBI double.
Adirondack scored in the bottom of the third on a Justin Korenblatt RBI single. Aspinall’s sixth RBI of the doubleheader came on an RBI double in the top of the sixth inning to give Albany an 8-1 lead. Two Trail Blazers scored on errors in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Albany held on to win, 8-3.
Jake Welch picked up his third win of the season for Albany, allowing one run in 4.2 innings of work. Tsuyoshi Horibata took his second loss of the season for Adirondack.
Amsterdam 10 Watertown 0
In a battle of first place teams at Shuttleworth Park, the Amsterdam Mohawks beat the Watertown Rams, 10-0. The Mohawks now lead the East Division by three games, while Watertown’s lead in the West shrinks to a mere half game over Elmira.
Amsterdam got on the board in the first inning on a Jonathan Pryor RBI groundout. The Mohawks scored two more in the second to make it a 3-0 game. Shortstop Joey Aiola and Pryor both had RBI singles in the inning. The home team added three more in the third inning to put the game out of reach. Joe Purritano hit an RBI double down the right field line for the first run, an RBI fielder’s choice scored the second, and a Thomas Kain sacrifice fly scored the third.
The Mohawks scored a lone run in the seventh and two in the eighth to make it 10-0, the final score. A double play scored the run in the seventh, Joey Aiola hit an RBI double in the eighth and Jack Czeszewski was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the final run of the game.
The pitching combination of Connor Johnstone, Brandon Whitmore and Thomas Hackimer held Watertown to just three hits in the shutout. It was the fifth shutout of the season for Amsterdam. Johnstone, who started the game, went six innings and allowed just two hits while striking out seven in picking up the win. Sean Rackoski went seven innings and allowed seven runs (four earned) for Watertown, as he took the loss.
Elmira 10 Glens Falls 4
The Elmira Pioneers pulled within a half game of first place in the West Division with a 10-4 win over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles in Glens Falls. The Pioneers are now 17-13 on the year and the Golden Eagles sit at 11-17.
Glens Falls struck first, scoring a run on a Ryan Dodge RBI double in the first inning. Drew Fisher answered with an RBI double of his own in the top of the second, scoring Jason Patnick and Taylor Hillson to put Elmira on top, 2-1. Nick Walker extended the lead in the third with an RBI double, his first of two on the night. Glens Falls pulled within a run in the fifth on a Brandon Purcell RBI single. Elmira scored in the top of the sixth on an RBI fielder’s choice.
After a Christian Santisteban sacrifice fly in the seventh, Elmira erupted for five runs in the eighth to pull away from the Golden Eagles. A throwing error scored the first run of the inning, Derek Deler hit a 2-RBI double, TJ Dixon added an RBI double of his own, and Walker’s second RBI double of the game plated the fifth run of the inning to make it 10-2. Purcell picked up his second RBI of the game for Glens Falls in the bottom of the ninth on a fielder’s choice and JQ Folena hit an RBI double to make it 10-4, but it wasn’t enough as Elmira won by that score.
Logan Salow picked up his first win of the season in style for Elmira. The southpaw allowed just two runs (one earned) on four hits in seven innings of work. He struck out nine Glens Falls batters. Kevin Cowan tossed six innings and allowed four runs (all earned), as he took the loss.
Newark 7 Mohawk Valley 2
The Newark Pilots used a great start from BJ Nobles to go on and defeat the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, 7-2. With their win and Watertown’s loss, the Pilots now sit just a game out of first place in the West while Mohawk Valley falls three games behind Amsterdam in the East.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when Newark took a 2-0 lead, with the first coming on a Tim Lewis triple and an error by Mohawk Valley second baseman Trey Stover. Mohawk Valley made it a 2-1 game in the fourth on a Zach Collett home run, his league-leading sixth of the season. The Pilots scored two runs in both the sixth and seven innings to make it a 6-1 game. In the sixth, Tanner Giesel hit a two-run home run, his second long ball of the year.
In the seventh, Tommy Wagner hit a 2-RBI single, scoring Lewis and Dorian Hairston. Mohawk Valley got one back in the top of the eighth on a Collett RBI double, scoring Will Trahan. Dorian Hairston answered for Newark in the home half of the inning with an RBI single.
BJ Nobles tossed a complete game for Newark, allowing the two runs (both earned) and striking out eight batters. He lowered his ERA to 2.70 on the year. Bryan Greig allowed six runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings of work for Mohawk Valley, as he took the loss.
Amsterdam at Albany DH: 5:05 p.m.
The Amsterdam Mohawks will travel to Albany to take on the Dutchmen in an unconventional double-header. Game one will be the completion of a suspended game from Monday, July 7. The game will resume in the top of the fifth with the score 2-2. Game two will follow and will be a seven-inning game. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Watertown at Elmira 7:05 p.m.
In a game where the winner is the first place team in the West Division, the Watertown Rams travel to Elmira to face the Pioneers. Elmira beat Glens Falls last night, 10-4, while Watertown was beaten by Amsterdam, 10-0. First pitch at Dunn Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Glens Falls at Mohawk Valley 7:05 p.m.
With both teams coming off losses on Thursday night, the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will look to get back on track on Friday. It will be the fourth time this season the team’s face off, with Mohawk Valley winning 2-of-3. First pitch in Little Falls is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Utica at Newark 7:05 p.m.
After having games rained out on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Newark Pilots returned to action on Thursday and beat Mohawk Valley, 7-2, at Colburn Park. On Friday they will welcome the Utica Brewers to Newark for a West Division battle. Utica was off on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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