GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) blooped a base hit into right-center field that scored Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche) from third with the game-winning run as the Glens Falls Golden Eagles walked off with a 4-3 victory over the Albany Dutchmen in 16 innings on Saturday night at East Field. The 16-inning game which lasted four hours and 28 minutes set a new Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League record as the longest contest in the three-year history of the league.
The Golden Eagles rallied back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to claim their third-straight victory and second walk-off win in a row at East Field. With the victory, Glens Falls pulled into a first-place tie in the PGCBL East with the nationally-ranked Dutchmen. Ramon Laureano (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M) scored on a one-out wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to force a 2-2 deadlock.
Albany took the lead in the top of the 13th inning. With Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) on third with two outs, Albany's Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield that was fielded cleanly by third baseman Josh Anderson (FIU) of the Golden Eagles. Anderson's throw to first pulled Braxton Martinez (Saint Louis) off the bag which allowed Remillard to reach first base safely and Marks to score with the go-ahead run. The Golden Eagles roared back in the bottom of the 13th and loaded the bases with one out on a pair of singles and a hit batter. Albany reliever Andrew Bannon (Skidmore) struck out Josh Anderson for the second out but then plunked Buddy Putnam (South Florida) to force home the game-tying run for Glens Falls. Bannon forced Glens Falls to leave the bases loaded with an inning-ended ground out that sent the game to the 14th.
As the game fast approached 11:30 p.m. at East Field, the Glens Falls offense came to life in the bottom of the 16th. Raphael Gladu smacked a one-out single into right field off of Albany reliever Jose Hernandez (Dean). The next batter, James Smith (Saint Peter's) belted a double into right field that sent Gladu, the potential winning run, to third. Albany manager Nick Davey elected to have Hernandez intentionally walk Garrett Degallier (Tacoma C.C.) and brought a fifth defender into the infield in hopes of an inning-ending double play. However, Bryan Ramirez was the hero for the Golden Eagles with an RBI single into right-center field that brought home Raphel Gladu with the winning run.
Matt Eckleman (Saint Louis) earned the win for the Golden Eagles. He pitched two scoreless innings and allowed one hit. Glens Falls relievers Kevin Cowan (William Paterson), Zach Merciez (Missouri State), Fernando Fernandez-Beltran (Vanier) and Matt Eckelman allowed just one unearned run in nine combined innings. Cowan lasted the longest of any Golden Eagle reliever; he tossed four shutout frames.
Both starting pitchers lasted seven innings though neither figured in the decision. James Davitt (Bryant) of the Dutchmen held Glens Falls to one run on two hits, walked one and struck out two. Riley Stephenson (UMBC) of the Golden Eagles conceded two runs, one earned, on six hits, walked none and struck out four.
Eight different players for the Golden Eagles had at least one hit, Bryan Ramirez finished 2-for-7 with one RBI.
Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) and Brad Noland (North Alabama) each had two hits for Albany. Suseck scored Albany's first run on a throwing error in the second inning and then doubled home Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) in the fourth to give the Dutchmen a 2-0 edge.
Albany is back in action on Sunday, June 30th at Cooperstown for a 5:00 p.m. start. The Golden Eagles are home again on Sunday against the Newark Pilots. First pitch at East Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.