Turner makes PGCBL History; DiamondDawgs crush Trail Blazers

In the Jeopardy category “Amazing Baseball Feats” for $500, the answer is:


Bert Campaneris in 1965, Cesar Tovar in 1968, Shane Halter and Scott Sheldon in 2000, and Mohawk Valley’s Andrew Turner in 2015.


The question is: “Who are the only four MLB and the only Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League players to play all nine positions in one game?”


Normal Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawg third baseman Andrew Turner (Long Island University-Brooklyn) played all nine positions for Mohawk Valley, as they won their seventh straight game, 12-4 over the Adirondack Trail Blazers.


Anthony Capo (LIU-Brooklyn) would get the Diamond Dawgs on the board in the second, when his bloop to shallow left field was dropped. That hit would score Sam Machonis (Florida Southern College). A subsequent throwing error by Adirondack first baseman Brett Connors (Siena College) would score the jack-of-all-trades Turner.


The Trail Blazers would cut the lead in half in the third, when Mike Flax (LaSalle University) would hit a ball off the left field wall that would score pitcher/designated hitter Tim Burr (Florida Tech). Colin Hawk’s (University of Indianapolis) error two batters later would score Flax.


Adirondack would take the lead in the fourth, when Shane Allen’s (Northeastern University) sacrifice fly would score pinch runner Evan Alderman (Georgia Southwestern State University). Burr would garner another RBI to put the Trail Blazers ahead by two, as his single would score Connor Manderson (SUNY Cortland).


The Diamond Dawgs would answer right back in their half of the fourth by loading the bases on the pitcher Burr. That would be all for Burr, as he would be pulled for Jason Martin (SUNY Cortland). Unfortunately for the Trail Blazers, two errors on one play (on shortstop Bryan Haberstroh (NJIT) and left fielder Kyle Walker (Rutgers University) ) would score Ryan Stekl (Canisius College) and Machonis and cut their lead to one. The errors would continue in the fourth, as a wild pitch from Martin would score Turner. Jonathan Lindau’s (SUNY Orange) sacrifice fly to left field would put the Diamond Dawgs ahead by four.


The Diamond Dawgs would score four more runs in the sixth inning, helped along by two doubles by Turner and Anthony Herrera (University of Louisiana-Monroe) to extend the Diamond Dawg lead to six, 10-4.


Chris Rave (Herkimer CC), in his return to the Diamond Dawg lineup after a couple days off due to an injury, came back in exciting fashion. Rave crushed a ball all the way to Route 5 in Little Falls to give the Diamond Dawgs a 12-4 lead.


Turner would end his historic night on the pitcher’s mound, and set the Trail Blazers down in order to end the game.


Palmer would get the win for the Diamond Dawgs (32-18), who would go into the playoffs on a league-leading seven-game winning streak. Burr would get the loss for the Trail Blazers (17-33).

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