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Last night's games:
Amsterdam 7 Glens Falls 4
In a matchup between the first-place and last-place teams in the East Division, the 25-8 Amsterdam Mohawks beat the 13-19 Glens Falls Golden Eagles, 7-4, in Amsterdam. The Mohawks now lead the East by 5.5 games and the Golden Eagles fall to 11.5 games back.
The visitors struck first, as Brian Fay drew a walk with the bases loaded to score Danny Oliveri. Amsterdam put up a four spot in the bottom of the second to take a 4-1 lead. Thomas Kain and Blake Logan hit back-to-back home runs with one out, Marcus Carson hit an RBI double and Carson came around to score on a Jack Czeszewski RBI single.
Colton Montgomery tied the game at four in the top of the third inning with his first home run of the season, a towering three-run shot to left field. Amsterdam took the lead for good in the home half of the frame, scoring three runs to make it 7-4, the final score. Logan hit a sacrifice fly to center field, Joey Aiola was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in a run, and Marcus Carson was walked as the next batter to bring in the final run of the inning. From the third inning on, the Mohawks held Glens Falls to four hits in preserving the win.
John McCarren picked up the victory for Amsterdam, throwing four innings of relief. Thomas Hackimer notched his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth. Glens Falls starter Michael Harrington allowed seven runs in two plus innings in taking his second loss of the year.
Watertown 5 Adirondack 3
In the first of three matchups between the two teams this week, the Watertown Rams beat the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 5-3, in Boonville. The Rams are now 19-14 on the year and are a half-game out of first place in the West, while Adirondack slips to 13-21 and seven games back.
Adirondack struck first, scoring a lone run in the bottom of the second. Watertown’s Willi Martin gave the Rams a 2-1 lead with a 2-RBI single to center field in the top of the third. Chris Gaetano added an RBI single to right field, making it 3-1 visitors. Adirondack pulled within one in the fifth to make it 3-2.
Matt Diorio provided the first run of insurance for Watertown, lacing a single to right field to score Shane Servoss in the top of the seventh. Adirondack once again came within one in the bottom of the eighth, making it 4-3. Watertown’s Dominic Lopez hit an RBI groundout in the top of the ninth to make it 5-3.
Corbin Powers picked up his fourth win of the season, as he tossed seven innings of two-run ball. Jon Escobar notched his league leading seventh save with a scoreless ninth inning.
Utica 4 Mohawk Valley 3 Game One
The Utica Brewers walked-off against Mohawk Valley in game one of a doubleheader in Utica, beating the DiamondDawgs by a score of 4-3. The DiamondDawgs went to 17-12, while Utica went to 5-26.
The home team got on the scoreboard first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Corey Lerche RBI single. The Brewers picked up another run in the bottom of the third on a Zacarias Hardy RBI single. Mohawk Valley tied the game at two in the top of the seventh on a Utica error and a Greg Fazio sacrifice fly.
The DiamondDawgs took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth as Trey Stover stole home, but Utica answered in the home half, as Lerche provided his second RBI single of the game to tie the game at three. After three scoreless innings, Utica was finally able to get a run across and go into game two of the doubleheader with a victory. Following a Reno Rankin walk and a Hayden Kelly double, Cody Burton hit a walk-off single to give the Brewers the win.
Chad Moss picked up the win for Utica, while Evan Kissinger took the loss for Mohawk Valley. Utica starter Robert Hardy went seven innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits in his no-decision. Mohawk Valley starter Bryan Greig was also solid, going seven innings and allowing two runs (both earned) while striking out eight.
Mohawk Valley 5 Utica 2 Game Two
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs salvaged a split of a doubleheader with the Utica Brewers with a 5-2 win in game two. The DiamonDawgs moved to 18-12 with the win and Utica is now 5-27.
Mohawk Valley scored two runs in the top of the second to take an early 2-0 lead. Both runs came across to score on an error by Utica third baseman Jabari Gayle. Utica cut the lead in half in the fourth on a Cody Burton RBI double, scoring Joe Daru. The DiamondDawgs answered with a run of their own in the top of the fifth, as Eric Strano scored on a passed ball.
Mohawk Valley scored two more runs in the top of the seventh to make it a 5-1 game. Gus Craig hit a 2-RBI single, scoring Trey Stover and Colin Hawk. Utica added a run in the home half of the inning on a Gayle RBI single, but it wasn’t enough as Mohawk Valley won, 5-2.
Lucas Godlewski allowed just two runs in his complete game victory. The win was Godlewski’s fourth of the season and he allowed just four hits. Krystien Battilana struck out ten batters in six innings. He allowed three runs (one earned) in taking the loss.
Adirondack at Newark Modified DH: 5:05 p.m.
The Adirondack Trail Blazers will travel to Newark to face the Pilots in a modified doubleheader. Game one will be the completion of a suspended game from July 2 in which Newark leads 2-1 after two innings. Newark is currently a half-game ahead of Watertown for the West lead. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Albany at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.
The Albany Dutchmen will travel to Amsterdam to face the first-place Mohawks in an East Division battle. Albany was off on Wednesday, while Amsterdam beat Glens Falls at home, 7-4. First pitch at Shuttleworth Park is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Elmira at Watertown 7:00 p.m.
The second and third place teams in the West Division will meet for the third time in seven days. This matchup between the Watertown Rams and Elmira Pioneers will be at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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