One night after eight of the 12 PGCBL teams in action scored seven or more runs, the league returns with a five game slate on Friday evening.
Friday's Scheduled Games
Watertown Rapids at Utica Blue Sox
With both teams winning divisional games on Thursday night, the race for the second spot in the PGCBL Central remains tied between Watertown and Utica. The Rapids and Blue Sox are currently scheduled to play four more times in the regular season, with the Blue Sox holding a 4-2 lead in the season series. All-Star lefthander Jack Buckley (Franklin and Marshall) will climb the mound for his sixth start of the season for Watertown, albeit only his second against a Central Division opponent.
Adirondack Trail Blazers at Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, holder of a PGCBL-best 7-3 record in their last ten games, will look to maintain their 3.5 game lead in the Central against the Adirondack Trail Blazers, who are conversely looking to keep pace with the Utica-Watertown winner. The DiamondDawgs hold a 5-1 lead thus far this season, with four games remaining, including Friday night's affair. The pitching matchup will see Mike Sansone (Fairfield) face off with Aaron Glickstein (Stony Brook).
Oneonta Outlaws at Saugerties Stallions
After holding serve at home, the Oneonta Outlaws will attempt to sweep their home-and-home series with the Saugerties Stallions, who dropped into third place in the PGCBL East after their loss and Albany's win over Amsterdam. With a victory, the Outlaws can move back into fourth place in the East, ahead of the idle Glens Falls Dragons. Thursday's 11-4 victory gave Oneonta a 4-3 advantage against the Stallions, with two more games on the remaining schedule.
Jamestown Jammers at Elmira Pioneers
A win over the Geneva Red Wings on Thursday night extended Jamestown's lead for the best record in the PGCBL to 2.5 games over Mohawk Valley. The Jammers are the only team in the PGCBL to hold a divisional lead of more than four games, and are the sole PGCBL club to have less than ten losses. The Jammers will head to Dunn Field, host of next week's PGCBL All-Star game, for their seventh meeting of the season with the Pioneers. Jamestown has won five straight against Elmira this season.
Geneva Red Wings at Newark Pilots
Following their victory on Thursday night over the Elmira Pioneers, the Newark Pilots sit only 1.5 games behind Geneva for the second spot in the PGCBL West. Geneva finds themselves in a virtual tie for second place, leading Elmira by percentage points for second place. The season series between the divisional rivals has been hotly contested this season, with each team claiming three victories. On the mound, Geneva will call upon Jared Sasaki (UC Davis).
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