The Daily Rundown: July 29, 2015

Brendan Tracy of the Amsterdam Mohawks celebrates with teammates

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There is one day left in the PGCBL regular season, which ends on Thursday.

League Leaders 

Batting Average: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) .387

OPS: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) 1.142

Home Runs: Handsome Monica (Amsterdam) 9

RBIs: Troy Scocca (Mohawk Valley) 40

Stolen Bases: Will LaRue (Elmira) 26

Wins: Zach Logue (Amsterdam) 7

ERA: Michael Messier (Utica) 1.38

Strikeouts: Kyano Cummings (Elmira) 74

Innings Pitched: Alex Yarem (Glens Falls) 55

Saves: Two tied at seven

Streak Leaders

Longest Winning Streak (Active): Amsterdam/Mohawk Valley, 5

Best record in last 10 games: Mohawk Valley, 9-1

Longest Losing Streak (Active): Adirondack, 7

Last Night’s Games:

Utica 3 Victor 1 (Game One): The Utica Brewers allowed only two hits en route to a 3-1 win over the Victor RailRiders in game one of a doubleheader at Victor High School.

Utica starter Tyler Palm gave up one hit while striking out seven Victor batters in five innings of work in getting the win for the Brewers. By allowing just one run, Palm lowered his season ERA to 3.26. Peter Beattie did not allow a run in two innings to notch the save.

The Brewers scored the first run of the game in the top of the fourth on a Mason McClellan RBI double, scoring Kyle Schade. A wild pitch in the fifth made it a 2-0 game before Victor scored its only run of the game in the home half of the inning on a Joe Simmons RBI groundout. A Ryan Cox RBI double in the seventh added an insurance run for Utica.

Mitch Patishall gave up the first Utica run in taking the loss for Victor.

Utica 8 Victor 1 (Game Two): The Utica Brewers scored multiple runs in three different innings to beat the Victor RailRiders, 8-1, and sweep a doubleheader.

Alex Core hit a two-RBI single in the top of the first to give the Brewers the lead for good. Mark Cardinalli got one of the runs back, in what wound up being Victor’s only run of the game, with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning. Core hit another two-RBI single in the fourth and Aaron Smith hit an RBI single to score Core later in the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Taylor Olmstead hit an RBI triple and Ismael Herrera hit an RBI single. The final run of the game scored on an Olmstead RBI single in the seventh.

Krystien Johnson-Batillana struck out eight batters in eight innings of one-run ball to get the win for Utica, while Joe DeAngelis walked seven and gave up four Utica runs to take the loss.

Mohawk Valley 7 Adirondack 6 (Game One): The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs held on for a 7-6 win in game one of a doubleheader after Adirondack scored four runs in the top of the seventh.

Bryan Haberstroh hit a solo home run to drive in the game’s first run in the top of the first inning. The Adirondack lead was extended to 2-0 in the second on a sacrifice fly, but a Malcolm Kelsey two-run home run tied the game at two for Mohawk Valley. The DiamondDawgs look the lead in the fourth on a Jonathan Lindau RBI single.  

In the bottom of the sixth, Mohawk Valley scored four runs on a fielder’s choice and an Anthony Herrera three-run home run. Then in the top of the seventh, Haberstroh hit a two-RBI double for Adirondack and Chris Kwitzer hit a two-run home run, but Herrera came on to pitch and retired the next three batters to get the save for the home team.

Ryan O’Connor allowed the six Adirondack runs in six plus innings of work as he received the win and Joe King pitched a complete game in taking the loss for the Trail Blazers.

Mohawk Valley 3 Adirondack 0 (Game Two): The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs scored two runs in the first inning as they went on to beat the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 3-0, to sweep a doubleheader in Little Falls.

In the bottom of the first, Ryan Stekl, who is now hitting .365 on the summer, hit a two-run home run. Andrew Turner drove in the other run of the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

Adam Ashenfarb got the win for Mohawk Valley after departing with the lead and Colin Hawk, normally an infielder, struck out two batters in a scoreless seventh to notch the save. Jason Zongrone allowed the three Mohawk Valley runs to take the loss for Adirondack.

With the two losses, Adirondack was eliminated from playoff contention.

Amsterdam 6 Albany 4: The Amsterdam Mohawks scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to lead them to a 6-4 win over the Albany Dutchmen at Shuttleworth Park.

Albany scored a lone run in the top of the first on a Sean Aspinall RBI single, but the Mohawks plated the four runs in the home half to take the lead for good. Justin Yurchak hit a two-run home run, Handsome Monica hit an RBI double and an RBI fielder’s choice accounted for the four runs. 

Riley Mahan extended the Amsterdam lead to 5-1 in the fourth with an RBI single. In the top of the eighth, former Mohawk Tom Moore hit a solo home run for Albany and Zach Remillard hit a two-RBI triple to make it a one-run game, but a Justin Yurchak RBI single in the bottom of the inning gave the Mohawks some insurance as they closed out the win.

Amsterdam starter Brad Schaenzer got the win after allowing just the lone first inning run and Tyler Smith notched the save. Jon Reid gave up five Amsterdam runs to take the loss for Albany.

Glens Falls 14 Saugerties 7: The Glens Falls Dragons remained in the hunt for the final playoff spot in the East with a 14-7 win over the Saugerties Stallions at East Field. The Dragons trail Albany by a half game with two games remaining.

Saugerties scored the first run of the game in the top of the first on a double steal, but Glens Falls took the lead for good in the third inning with a five-run inning. Ryan Hooper hit an RBI double, a bases loaded walk brought in a run, another double steal plated a run, Bryce Aldridge hit an RBI single and Matthew Flynn hit an RBI double to account for the five runs. 

Both teams had three-run innings in the fourth with Saugerties’ coming on a Charlie Fina RBI single, an error and a sacrifice fly. The three Glens Falls runs scored on a wild pitch, another Aldridge RBI single and a delayed steal. The Dragons continued to pour out the runs in the fifth inning as an RBI groundout, a Ryan Hooper two-RBI triple, a Richard Gugliemi RBI single, a bases loaded walk and a bases loaded hit by pitch scored six runs.

John Giakas hit an RBI single in the eighth to plate a run and an RBI double from Dylan Sprague and another Giakas RBI single made the score 14-7, but Glens Falls pulled out the win. 

Jake Murray allowed ne earned run (four total) in seven innings of work for Glens Falls to get the win and starter Matt Wojciak took the loss for Saugerties.

Newark 9 Elmira 1: The Newark Pilots broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning to beat the Elmira Pioneers, 9-1, at Colburn Park. The Pilots are now tied with the Utica Brewers for the final playoff spot in the West.

Mark Martin hit an RBI single in the bottom of the first to give the Pilots an early lead. A Tommy Mirabelli RBI double in the top of the second tied the game at one, but Martin hit another RBI single in bottom of the fifth to give Newark the lead for good.

Then in the seventh, Martin hit a two-RBI double to center field, William Gorman hit an RBI single and two runs scored on a Kyle Bartleman single to right field. 

Jacob Wloczewski tossed six innings of one-run ball to get the win for Newark and Tristian Widra allowed the Martin RBI single in the fifth to take the loss for Elmira.

Tonight’s Games:

Elmira at Victor 5 p.m.: The top two teams in the West Division will square off for one last time during the PGCBL regular season on Wednesday as Elmira travels to Victor to take on the RailRiders.

Utica at Adirondack 7 p.m.: The Utica Brewers, tied for the third spot in the West Division, will take on the Adirondack Trail Blazers at The Smith with the Trail Blazers now officially eliminated from playoff contention.

Amsterdam at Albany 7:05 p.m.: A night after Amsterdam beat the Albany Dutchmen, 6-4, at Shuttleworth Park, the Dutchmen will host the Mohawks at Bob Bellizzi Field, as they lead the hunt for the final East playoff spot by a half game.

Glens Falls at Saugerties 7:05 p.m.: The Glens Falls Dragons, who trail Albany by a half game for the final playoff spot in the East, will travel to Saugerties to take on the Stallions in their last home game of the year.

Mohawk Valley at Newark 7:05 p.m.: Now tied for the final playoff spot in the West with Utica, the Newark Pilots will take on the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at Colburn Park.

Postseason Information:

For information about the 2015 PGCBL Postseason, go here.

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