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PGCBL Championship Series Breakdown

PC: Corey Mansfield/Brokenbatblog.com (@Broken_Bat_Blog)
08/04/2015 6:47 PM -

Game One of the PGCBL Championship Series is set to take place Wednesday in Victor. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and Victor RailRiders will square off in game one of the PGCBL Championship Series Wednesday night at Victor High School. The DiamondDawgs will host games two and three (if necessary). Mohawk Valley won the season series, 2-0, with wins coming on July 23 and June 16. This is both teams’ first appearance in the PGCBL Championship Series. Both the RailRiders and the DiamondDawgs finished in second place in their respective divisions this season.

Going into the action, how do the two teams match-up? Here's a look at how they compared during the regular season:

Offense

Stat

Mohawk Valley

Victor

Batting Average

.284

.247

Runs

277

252

Doubles

92

61

Triples

19

8

Home Runs

24

11

RBIs

214

198

Total Bases

670

488

Walks

201

242

Strikeouts

274

315

Stolen Bases

66

71

On-Base Percentage

.374

.364

Slugging Percentage

.407

.319

OPS

.781

.683

In total, Mohawk Valley "wins" 11 of the 13 offensive categories.

Pitching/Defense

Stat

Mohawk Valley

Victor

Hits

421

387

Walks

192

206

Wild Pitches

44

45

Hit By Pitches

42

53

Strikeouts

354

339

Complete Games

5

4

Saves

13

11

Home Runs Allowed

22

18

WHIP

1.44

1.48

Shutouts

7

4

Batting Average Against

.256

.248

Fielding Percentage

.969

.957

ERA

4.12

4.03

In total, Mohawk Valley "wins" nine of the 13 pitching/defensive categories.

What happened the two times the team met in the regular season?

Game One (June 16):The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and went on to beat the visiting Victor RailRiders, 2-0. 

Ben Moxley struck out 10 batters in 7.2 innings for the DiamondDawgs. Moxley surrendered just one hit and walked just one batter in his win.  

Matt Pagano drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI double. The lead was extended to 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh as reigning PGCBL Player of the Week Troy Scocca delivered an RBI single.

Zachary Vennaro struck out the side in the top of the ninth to notch the save for Mohawk Valley. Peter Lannoo allowed one run in six innings for Victor in taking the loss.

Game Two (July 23): The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs used a great start from Adam Ashenfarb to defeat the Victor RailRiders, 6-0, in Victor. 

Ashenfarb allowed no runs in seven innings of work while giving up just five hits to get the win.

Troy Scocca hit an RBI double in the top of the first inning to give the DiamondDawgs an early 1-0 lead. No more runs would be scored until the top of the seventh when Ryan Stekl scored on a wild pitch. Then in the eighth, Scocca took over the PGCBL RBI lead with a three run home run. A Matt Pagano triple and an error plated the final run of the game.

Eoin McAvinchey gave up the first two Mohawk Valley runs to take the loss for Victor.

What's the series schedule?

Wednesday: Mohawk Valley 8 Victor 5

Thursday: Game Two at Mohawk Valley 6:35 p.m.

Friday: Game Three at Mohawk Valley 6:35 p.m. *if necessary

For all the coverage of the PGCBL Championship Series, visit www.pgcbl.com or follow the league on Twitter, @PGCBLBaseball.



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