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Last Night's Scores
Glens Falls 14 Cooperstown 11
Newark 6 Elmira 4
Amsterdam 6 Mohawk Valley 5
Oneonta 6 Albany 4
Today's Games and Pitching Probables
Cooperstown at Watertown, 7:00 p.m.
Cancelled - Rain/Severe Weather
Amsterdam at Glens Falls, 7:00 p.m.
Rocky Mccord (Auburn) 4-0, 1.34 ERA vs. TBA
Oneonta at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.
Cancelled - Rain/Severe Weather
Albany at Newark, 7:05 p.m.
Cancelled - Rain/Severe Weather
*Amsterdam tied a league record last night with its 31st overall victory. Last year, the Glens Falls Golden Eagles led all league teams with a 31-17 (.646) record. In two PGCBL seasons, the Mohawks have won 61 regular season games and 64 games overall (regular season and playoffs).
*The Mohawks also tied a franchise record for regular season victories. Amsterdam last won 31 games in 2003. In a 42-game schedule, the Mohawks went 31-11 and finished first in the NYCBL's Eastern Division. Amsterdam went on to win the league championship that year in what was the team's first season at Shuttleworth Park.
*Cooperstown set a franchise record and nearly tied a league record yesterday in the eighth inning at home against Glens Falls. The Hawkeyes, who entered the bottom of the eighth trailing 13-1, erupted for 10 runs on eight hits. Cooperstown paraded 16 men up to the plate during the inning that is only surpassed by a 13-run explosion from Amsterdam at Newark earlier this month. Bobby Guerra (Manhattanville) doubled twice and scored twice; each time he was driven in by Kyle Liner (Binghamton) who was also 2-for-2 in the inning with a double and a single. Guerra's second double of the frame was a ground-rule RBI double. Steven Kandborg (Wenatchee Valley) walked twice. Seven players in the inning were credited with at least one RBI.
*In that same game, Glens Falls tied a season high for runs in a single tilt. The Golden Eagles, without the departed Ross Kivett (Kansas State), scored 14 runs on 16 hits, 10 walks and five errors. Danny Brennan (Saint Louis) turned in one of the single-best offensive performances of the season as he accounted for eight of the 14 runs. Brennan cracked a two-run single as well as a three-run double for a game high five RBI. He also scored three times. The eight runs contributed by Brennan surpassed the team total of six other league teams playing on Wednesday night.
*The playoff race thickened on Wednesday night as well with Mohawk Valley dropping from second place to fourth because of a loss to Amsterdam combined with wins by Newark and Glens Falls. The Golden Eagles now are in the second place and lead third-place Newark by a half-game in the standings based on the Pilots having one more loss than the Golden Eagles. The Glens Falls lead over Mohawk Valley is one full game and each team has completed 41 contests. Mohawk Valley trails Newark by just a half-game however leads fifth-place Oneonta by a half-game. Second-place Glens Falls and fifth-place Oneonta are split by just 1.5 games with less than a week to go in the season.
*Talk about the closeness of the teams late in the season, all four games last night were decided by three runs or less. Two games - Oneonta at Albany and Newark at Elmira - were decided by the same 6-4 score. Meanwhile, Mohawk Valley and Amsterdam played their third one-run game in the last week; Amsterdam won all three games with rallies in the ninth inning or later.
*The last three games between Newark and Elmira have been decided by two runs or less.
*Oneonta and Albany scored 10 runs last night though all 10 came in two-run spurts. Albany received a two-run single from Mike Triller (Clemson) and a two-run double by Will Remillard (Coastal Carolina). Four of Oneonta's six runs came in a four-run fourth that included a two-run home run by Zander Wiel (Vanderbilt). The Outlaws won the game with two more runs in the seventh.
*It was an All-ACC starting pitching match-up on Wednesday when Oneonta collided with Albany. Matt Snyder from Virginia Tech squared off against in-state and ACC rival Brett Lisle from the University of Virginia. Neither starter from the Cavaliers or Hokies figured into the final decision.
*There was also an ACC flair from South Carolina as collegiate teammates Mike Triller and Clay Bates from Clemson were on opposite sides; Triller with the Dutchmen and Bates the closer for the Outlaws. The two Tiger teammates faced off in the bottom of the ninth. Bates got the better of his collegiate mate by forcing him to ground out.
*Oneonta's line-up featured a 1-2 punch from the State College of Florida on Wednesday night. Omar Garcia batted first and collegiate teammate Orlando Rivera hit second. Each had two hits in the game. Garcia went 2-for-5 with three stolen bases, one RBI and one run scored.
*Albany played Wednesday night's game without all-stars Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina 2012-13) and Nolan Gaige (UAlbany) in the starting line-up.
*Three of Wednesday's four winning teams needed late rallies to come away with victories. Newark scored three unanswered runs to outlast Elmira at Colburn Park. Austin Logan (UC Davis) put Newark ahead for good, 5-4, with a two-run single in the seventh. Oneonta broke a 4-4 tie against Albany in the seventh with two runs. Shane Crain (Louisville) ended the stalemate with an RBI double and Zander Wiel (Vanderbilt) followed by plating Crain with an RBI single. Amsterdam rallied to score three times in the ninth inning to down Mohawk Valley 6-5. Ed Charlton (NJIT) erased a 4-3 Mohawk Valley lead with a two-run triple. It was Demarcus Henderson (Miss. State) that scored the eventual winning run in a 6-5 triumph for Amsterdam.
*While the Mohawks and DiamondDawgs combined for 11 runs, eight of those runs were not scored until the seventh inning or later. Mohawk Valley had a 2-1 advantage through six innings in what was a pitchers' duel between Amsterdam's Chris Kalica (Faifield) and MV's Jesse Buratt (Baton Rouge C.C.). The game featured two lead changes and two ties. Amsterdam scored twice in the seventh to go ahead 3-2 but Mohawk Valley equalized in the seventh and then went ahead in the eighth. The Mohawks responded with three in the ninth and then hung on to win.
*Amsterdam's game with Mohawk Valley came down to the final out for the third time in the last four games. However, this time, the two teams did not end with a walk-off. Mohawk Valley, down 6-4, started the inning with back-to-back singles and then a sacrifice bunt to put runners in scoring position for the top two home run hitters in the league - Jack Morrow (Young Harris) and Eric Helmrich (Marist). Amsterdam closer Chase Williamson (Auburn) struck out Morrow swinging for the second out. A wild pitch brought home one run and placed the potential tying run 90 feet away. Williamson struck out Helmrich swinging to end the game.
*As of this writing, just one game is still scheduled for tonight while Cooperstown at Watertown, Oneonta at Elmira and Albany at Newark have been cancelled because of rain and severe weather. Unfortunately, there are no return dates set for any of the teams to play one another so the games will not be made up.
*Rivals Amsterdam and Glens Falls go head-to-head tonight at East Field in a potential playoff preview. In the current league standings, Amsterdam and Glens Falls are the top two teams. While Amsterdam has the better record and is nationally ranked, the Golden Eagles have had the better of Amsterdam on the field, winning five out of six from their long-time rivals. Amsterdam also has yet to win at East Field this year. While the Golden Eagles stand in place, it's just a 1.5-game lead on fifth-place Oneonta and 2.5 games on sixth-place Albany with just under a week remaining. Glens Falls is scheduled to play the next two against Amsterdam in a home-and-home series that could propel the Golden Eagles into the postseason or throw them further into the abyss of five teams fighting for three playoff spots. The Green and Gold is 7-3 in its last 10 games. Wednesday, the Golden Eagles tied their season run for runs in a game without the services of PGCBL batting leader Ross Kivett (Kansas State). The Mohawks have cruised to 31 victories in 41 overall games though just one win has come over Glens Falls. Against the rest of the league, Amsterdam is mind-boggling 30-5. The Mohawks are 16-5 on the road though their last trip into Glens Falls resulted in their worst loss of the season, a 12-4 setback.