Matt Chamberlain (New Haven) makes a highlight-reel diving catch against Amsterdam on June 17.
Seven games were played in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on June 17, and all seven were decided by two runs or less. Here's a look back at the final scores from Saturday:
Albany (9-2) 1, Glens Falls (4-8) 0 – Game 1
The Dutchmen and Dragons combined for only seven hits in the first of two seven-inning games during Saturday’s doubleheader, and neither side scored a run until Albany walked off in the bottom of the seventh. Brad Gneiting (Rice) led off the final frame with a single and Nick Gallo (Oklahoma State) followed with a walk to give the Dutchmen two on with nobody out. Gneiting then swiped third on a double steal attempt and was able to score on a throwing error by the Glens Falls catcher. Jeff Lonnecker (Trinity) earned the win with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief and two strikeouts.
Albany 8, Glens Falls 3 – Game 2
Glens Falls clung to a slim 3-2 lead through the first four-and-a-half innings, but the Dutchmen rallied with three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to secure the doubleheader sweep. Albany took the lead in the fifth on a two-run double off the bat of Gallo, who finished the nightcap 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Out of the bullpen, Justin Bureau (Ave Maria) received the win after tossing 2.1 scoreless innings. Glens Falls starter Tyler Mattison (Bryant) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on five hits and five strikeouts in 4.0 innings.
Onondaga (6-5) 3, Utica (3-10) 1
The Flames eked out a tight 3-1 victory over the Blue Sox at the Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex. Onondaga scored in the second inning on an Anthony Scalzo (Gonzaga) sac fly and doubled it to 2-0 on a Tyler Rouke (Alabama A&M) sac fly in the fourth. Utica scratched across one run in the top of the eighth, as Rob Andreoli (LIU Post) singled and scored on an error, but a Wyatt Myers (Buffalo) RBI single in the home half of the frame added an insurance run. Chase Hagerty (Southeast Missouri) improved to 2-1 in his third start of the season with the Flames, after surrendering just three hits while fanning six in 6.0 innings.
Mohawk Valley (8-4) 8, Adirondack (5-8) 6
The DiamondDawgs needed 13 innings to top the Trail Blazers in Boonville, N.Y., on Saturday night. Adirondack tied the game at 6-6 in the ninth on a Tyler Bruno (Iona) sac fly. Mohawk Valley nearly won the game in the 11th, but with the bases loaded Tim Zeng (Fairfield) lined out to short and Russ Olive (UMass Lowell) was doubled off at second. Olive would get the last laugh, however, as his two-run home run – Olive’s league-leading fourth dinger of the summer – proved to be the difference in the top of the 13th. Zach Vennaro (Mount Olive) was the winner on the mound for the DiamondDawgs, as he hurled 5.0 innings with seven strikeouts out of the bullpen.
Jamestown (10-2) 7, Elmira (6-7) 6
The Jammers led by as much as 5-1 through four innings of play against the Pioneers, but had to hold off a late rally to secure a one-run victory on their home field. The Pios tallied five unanswered runs and pulled ahead 6-5 in the top of the eighth inning. In the eighth, Elmira took a one-run advantage when Joseph Preziuso (Canisius) doubled and scored on an Anthony Nucerino (UConn) sacrifice fly. Jamestown, however, loaded the bases and drew the score even an RBI walk before Ben Brookover (UTSA) drove in the winning run on a sac fly of his own. Cory Blessing (Ohio) picked up his first save of the season with a scoreless top of the ninth.
Saugerties (8-5) 10, Oneonta (3-10) 8
The Stallions scored four runs in the first inning and five in the eight to bookend Saturday’s victory over the Outlaws. Oneonta took advantage two errors in the top of the eighth and scored a trio of runs to take a brief 7-5 advantage. Saugerties completed the comeback in the home half of the eighth thanks to Sam Russo’s (Butler) RBI double and a two-run double off the bat of Jack Gonzalez (Stetson). Gonzalez finished a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and four RBIs to paced the Stallions’ offense, and Matt Pushard (Maine) earned the win with 1.1 innings of relief on the mound.
Geneva (9-4) 9, Amsterdam (6-5) 7
The Red Wings fended off an eighth-inning Amsterdam rally, and with Saturday night’s win over the defending PGCBL champs, Geneva tied its win total from all of 2016 by improving to 9-4. The Mohawks outhit the Wings by an 11-to-6 margin, but they committed four errors and walked seven. Geneva made all three of its errors in the top of the eighth inning, which allowed the visitors to score four times and tie the game at 7-7. Matt Chamberlain (New Haven) doubled and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth, and Colby Mullins (Andrew) fired a 1-2-3 ninth to lock down the victory.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Jamestown at Elmira – 5:05 p.m. (DH)
Onondaga at Newark – 5:05 p.m.
Geneva at Utica – 6:30 p.m.
Amsterdam at Glens Falls – 7:00 p.m.
Albany at Adirondack – 7:05 p.m.