LITTLE FALLS, NY – The Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs bats have come alive as of late, with only
two active players hitting below a .200 average.
Case in point: their game on Thursday night against the Boonville Baseball Club.
The Diamond Dawgs scored eight of their 12 runs in the first three innings, spraying ten hits all over
the field in their 12-3 victory.
Pete Durocher (Emerson, NJ/Manhattan) got things started just three batters into the game, jolting a
ball into left field to score Zach Brush (New York Mills, NY/LeMoyne). That 1-0 lead would not last
long, as a ground rule double by Conner Lynch (Herkimer) scored Lane Gay (Emory and Henry
Evan Berta (Yorktown Heights, NY/Fairfield) and Brush would give the Diamond Dawgs the lead right
back in the second, with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly. Those hits scored Jimmy Sullivan (East
Hampton, CT/Northeastern) and Ernesto Polanco (West New York, NJ/Charleston Southern),
Dan Tauken (Rockland CC) pulled the lead back to one on an RBI single laced to left field. That hit
would score Giovanni Calamia (Shippensburg) from second base.
Mohawk Valley extended their lead in the third, thanks to a passed ball and an RBI single from Orlando
Pena (New Jersey City, NJ/Coastal Carolina). The passed ball scored Alfredo Delgado (Bronx,
NY/Manhattan), while the single scored Garrett Musey (Millville, NJ/Goldey-Beacom). Not to be
outdone, Durocher would bring in another two with a ball that bounced off of second base and into
center field. In all, 10 Diamond Dawgs would come to the plate in the inning, scoring five runs to
extend their lead to six.
Pena extended the lead in the seventh with a bouncing ball that got past two Boonville fielders and in
the process, scored Durocher.
Boonville cut the lead to six in the eighth with an RBI triple that got past the Mohawk Valley right
fielder to the wall. That hit by Calamia would score Luis Mota (Dominican Republic).
A 2-RBI single from Sullivan and a sacrifice fly by Richie Sica (Wyckoff, NJ/Rider) gave the Diamond
Dawgs a nine-run lead heading into the ninth inning. Then, in the top of the ninth, Jed Boyle (Syracuse,
NY/LeMoyne) only allowed one hit to close the book on the game.
With an eight-strikeout night, Troy Butler (Fort Plain, NY/Herkimer) got the win for Mohawk Valley,
who have now won three in a row. Brandon Millan (Ave Maria) got the loss for Boonville, who sees
their own three-game winning streak snapped.
Mohawk Valley goes on the road on Friday, when they had to Albany to take on the Dutchmen.
Boonville goes back on the road on Friday as well, heading to Saugerties for a doubleheader with the