The Daily Rundown: July 25, 2015

Charlie Sobieraski of the Newark Pilots (PC: Paul Dewa/Newark Pilots)

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There are five days left in the PGCBL regular season, which ends on July 30.

League Leaders

Batting Average: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) 3.93

OPS: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) 1.145

Home Runs: Handsome Monica (Amsterdam) 8

RBIs: Hunter Tackett (Amsterdam) 38

Stolen Bases: Will LaRue (Elmira) 26

Wins: Zach Logue (Amsterdam) 7

ERA: Michael Messier (Utica) 1.38

Strikeouts: Kyano Cummings (Elmira) 72

Innings Pitched: Nick Cioffi (Albany) 52

Saves: Five tied at six

Streak Leaders

Longest Winning Streak (Active): Amsterdam/Albany/Elmira/Newark, 2

Best record in last 10 games: Amsterdam/Mohawk Valley, 7-3

Longest Losing Streak (Active): Glens Falls, 2

Last Night’s Games:

Amsterdam 6 Glens Falls 4 (Game One): The Amsterdam Mohawks responded to back-to-back losses with a 6-4 win over the Glens Falls Dragons in game one of a doubleheader between the two teams.

Drew Freedman led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run to give the Mohawks an early lead. Brennan Price responded with a solo home run of his one for Glens Falls in the next half inning. A wild pitch and a Hunter Tackett two-RBI single gave the Mohawks a 4-1 lead in the third. Jake Vieth cut the lead to two in the fourth with an RBI double and Harrison Bragg hit an RBI single in the fifth to make it a 4-3 game.

Handsome Monica extended the Amsterdam lead in the home half of the inning with a two-run home run. An RBI groundout in the top of the seventh got a run back for Glens Falls but it wasn’t enough as Amsterdam prevailed.

Fernando Guerrero allowed two runs in four innings to get the win in the seven-inning game and Kyle Smith notched the save. Tyler Ehlers gave up the six Amsterdam runs to take the loss for Glens Falls.

Amsterdam 13 Glens Falls 3 (Game Two): The Amsterdam Mohawks pummeled the Glens Falls Dragons, XX-XX, en route to a sweep of a doubleheader at Shuttleworth Park

The Mohawks scored five runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. The five runs scored on an error, a Scott Manea RBI single, a Drew Freedman two-RBI double and a bases loaded walk. Another five run inning came in the third on a sacrifice fly and a Hunter Tackett grand slam. 

A sacrifice fly and an error allowed three runs to score in the fourth to extend the lead to 13-0. An RBI groundout, an error and a Donovan Christman RBI double plated three runs in the sixth inning for the Dragons.

Joe Randall tossed two scoreless innings of relief to get the win for Amsterdam while Sam Steeves gave up nine Mohawk runs to take the loss.

Victor 7 Saugerties 1: In a battle of the two new teams to the PGCBL, the Victor RailRiders scored seven unanswered runs to defeat the Saugerties Stallions, 7-1, at Victor High School.

An error scored the first and only Saugerties run in the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the inning, Dale Wickham hit a two-RBI double and an RBI groundout made it a 3-1 game. Two errors in the seventh resulted in three Victor runs to make it 6-1 and an RBI groundout in the eighth finished the game’s scoring.

Peter Lannoo tossed eight innings of one-run ball (unearned) with four strikeouts to get the win for Victor while Dalton Dahley allowed the first three Victor runs to take the loss.

Newark 5 Adirondack 0 (Game One): The Newark Pilots used a great start from Nick Wegmann to beat the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 5-0, in game one of a doubleheader.

Wegmann tossed a complete game shutout, striking out seven batters and allowing just three hits to get the win. Wegmann lowered his ERA on the season to 3.16 with the seven shutout innings.

William Gorman plated the first two Newark runs in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI triple and a bases loaded walk scored the third run of the inning. A Kyle Norman two-RBI single in the bottom of the sixth plated the fourth and fifth runs for the Pilots.

Tommy Eng allowed all five Newark runs in a complete game to take the loss for Adirondack.

Newark 7 Adirondack 1 (Game Two): Just like game one, the Newark Pilots used great pitching to beat the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 7-1, to sweep a doubleheader at Colburn Park.

Charlie Sobieraski gave up just one run (unearned) in a complete game while striking out seven to get the win for the Pilots. Sobieraski allowed just one hit and lowered his season ERA to 2.64.

An error and a Kyle Bartelman RBI single in the bottom of the second gave the Pilots a 2-0 lead. No more runs were scored until the bottom of sixth when Newark scored five runs on a Blake Valley three-RBI double and two errors. Adirondack scored its lone run of the game in the seventh on a bases loaded hit by pitch. 

Adirondack starter Tim Burr took the loss after giving up the first five Pilot runs.

Albany 9 Mohawk Valley 5: The Albany Dutchmen won a critical game against Mohawk Valley, 9-5, to move within a half-game of the final East playoff spot.

The Dutchmen took a 1-0 lead in the first on a double steal and Mohawk Valley answered in the second on a Ryan Stekl solo home run. An Anthony Herrera RBI single in the third gave the DiamondDawgs the lead. The Dutchmen re-took the lead in the fifth on an RBI groundout and a wild pitch.

Albany extended the lead in the seventh, scoring three runs on three passed balls. Herrera hit another RBI single for Mohawk Valley in the seventh. Another three-run Dutchmen inning came in the eighth on a Tom Moore two-RBI single and a Grayson Lewis RBI single. The final two runs of the game scored in the bottom of the ninth as Stekl hit an RBI single and a wild pitch plated a run.

Gavin Wallace allowed three runs (all earned) in seven innings of work to get the win for Albany. Marc Iseneker took the loss for Mohawk Valley after giving up the first four Albany runs.

Elmira 5 Utica 4: The Elmira Pioneers lowered their magic number to clinch the West Division to two with a 5-4 win over the Utica Brewers at Dunn Field.

Utica struck first, scoring a lone run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. An error and another sacrifice fly made it a 3-0 game in the third before the Pioneers scored two runs in the home half on a Christian Santisteban double.

Troy Squires gave Elmira a 4-3 lead in the sixth with a two-RBI single before a Jared Baldinelli RBI single in the seventh tied the game for Utica. A bases loaded walk in the home half of inning gave Elmira the lead for good.

Justin Lewis allowed one earned run (four total) in seven innings of work to get the win for Elmira. Ryan Bellomo tossed a scoreless top of the ninth to get the save while Tyler Palm gave up the winning run to take the loss.

Tonight’s Games:

Saugerties at Mohawk Valley 6:35 p.m.: The Saugerties Stallions and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will meet for the final time this season as the Stallions travel to Little Falls on Saturday. The DiamondDawgs lead the season series, 2-1.

Victor at Utica 6:35 p.m.: The third-place Utica Brewers will look to pick up some ground on the second-place Victor RailRiders as they host the RailRiders on Saturday.

Albany at Adirondack 7 p.m.: The Albany Dutchmen and Adirondack Trail Blazers will meet for the second and final time this season on Saturday. The Trail Blazers won the only matchup of the season so far on June 26, 5-2.

Amsterdam at Glens Falls 7 p.m.: A night after Amsterdam swept a doubleheader between the two teams, the Mohawks will travel to Glens Falls to take on the Dragons, who are fighting to keep the third playoff spot in the East.

Newark at Elmira 7:05 p.m.: For the third time in four days, the Newark Pilots and Elmira Pioneers will square off. The two teams split the two games on Wednesday and Thursday and Elmira leads the season series, 7-4. 

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