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Last night’s games:
Albany 5 Amsterdam 2 Game One (Completion of suspended 7/7 game)
In the completion of a suspended game from July 7, the Albany Dutchmen gave the Amsterdam Mohawks their first loss in nine games, beating the Mohawks, 5-2.
On July 7, Amsterdam scored two runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead, one run coming on a Blake Logan RBI double. Adam Lee hit an RBI single in the bottom of the first to cut the lead in half and make it 2-1. Albany tied the game in the bottom of the third on a Justin Brock RBI single. The game was suspended due to rain in the top of the fifth inning with the score tied at two.
Last night, Albany scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good. Adam Lee hit an RBI double and came around to score on a wild pitch. The Dutchmen scored again in the bottom of the sixth on a passed ball to make it 5-2, the final score. The win was Albany coach Nick Davey’s 100th career PGCBL victory.
Austin Goeke tossed an inning and a third of scoreless relief to pick up the win. Kyle Zurak threw a scoreless seventh inning to notch his fourth save of the season. Amsterdam reliever Zack Brown took the loss, allowing three runs in two innings of work.
Amsterdam 2 Albany 1 Game Two
In game two of the modified doubleheader, the Amsterdam Mohawks got back to their winning ways and beat the Albany Dutchmen, 2-1. The Mohawks move to 22-8 on the season and lead the East Division by 3.5 games. Albany is back to .500 at 15-15.
Amsterdam got on the scoreboard first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an Alex DeBellis RBI single. The Mohawks extended their lead to 2-0 in the third on a Josh Gardiner RBI single. Sean Aspinall pulled Albany within one in the bottom half of the inning, hitting an RBI single to right center field to score Dave Vaccaro. It would be all zeros after that as Amsterdam won, 2-1.
Ryan Clark allowed the one run in five innings of work to pick up his second win of the season. The bullpen combination of John McCarren and Zach Breen struck out six batters in four innings of no-hit ball. Breen picked up his fourth save of the season. Albany starter Spencer Hotaling allowed the two runs (one earned) in seven innings, as he took the loss to move to 3-3 on the year.
Elmira 5 Watertown 0
The Watertown Rams were shutout for the second consecutive night, this time by the Elmira Pioneers, as the Pioneers got a complete game shutout from Bryson Hough to win, 5-0. With the win, Elmira now sits in first place in the West Division.
Hough moved to 4-0 with the shutout of Watertown. The right-hander struck out five batters and allowed just three hits in his shutout. It’s the seventh time Elmira has shutout its opponent this season, which is two more than Amsterdam for the league lead.
Elmira took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, all that was needed for Hough. Christian Santisteban hit an RBI single to score the first run and a Taylor Skerpon 2-RBI single scored the other two runs in the inning. The Pioneers added lone runs in the fourth and fifth to make it 5-0. Chris Kalousidian scored on a passed ball in the fourth and Taylor Hillson scored on a passed ball in the fifth.
Watertown starter Mitch Sewald went seven innings and allowed five runs (two earned) and is now 2-4 on the season.
Glens Falls 5 Mohawk Valley 2
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles rallied late to beat the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, 5-2. The Golden Eagles are now 12-17 on the year, while Mohawk Valley is 17-10.
In the top of the eighth inning, Mark Powell hit an RBI double to score the first run of the game and give Glens Falls a 1-0 lead. Colin Hawk answered in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI double of his own to tie the game at one. Later in the inning, Mohawk Valley centerfielder Gus Craig hit an RBI single to give the DiamondDawgs a 2-1 lead.
Down to their last out in the top of the ninth, Danny Oliveri drew a walk with the bases loaded to bring in the tying run for the Golden Eagles. The next batter, JQ Folena, gave Glens Falls the lead with a bases-clearing triple to make it 5-2. Tyler Ehlers tossed a scoreless bottom of the ninth to preserve the win.
Ehlers wound up tossing an inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief to pick up the win. Matt Pidich took the loss for Mohawk Valley.
Newark 15 Utica 3
The Newark Pilots used a big inning late to go on and defeat the Utica Brewers, 15-3. The Pilots pulled within a half-game of Elmira for first place in the West. Utica fell to 4-24 on the year.
Hayden Kelly hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning to get Utica on the scoreboard. Newark took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a wild pitch, a Samm Wiggins RBI single, and a Wyatt Padgett RBI groundout. Utica tied the game at three in the top of the third, as Kelly hit a two-run home run, his fourth of the season. Newark took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth on a Padgett RBI double. The lead was pushed to 6-3 in the home half of the seventh on a Tommy Wagner 2-RBI single.
The big inning came in the bottom of the eighth as the Pilots scored nine runs on just three hits. The first run of the inning scored on a passed ball, the second and third on an RBI fielder’s choice and a Utica error. Tommy Wagner then hit an RBI single, with an additional run coming in to score on an error by Cody Burton. Austin Clock hit a 2-RBI single, Samm Wiggins added an RBI single, and Logan Boyher brought in the final run of the inning with an RBI groundout.
Michael Springer struck out eleven batters, the most of any PGCBL pitcher in one start this season, in seven innings to pick up the win. Springer allowed three runs (all earned) on four hits. John McGinty went six innings and allowed four runs (all earned)) in taking the loss.
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