By Justin Mattingly
It was a night of blowouts in the PGCBL on Saturday as only one game was decided by less than five runs and every road team walked away with a victory. Let’s recap:
Albany 3 Amsterdam 2
The Albany Dutchmen went into Shuttleworth Park and defeated the Amsterdam Mohawks 3-2, leaving the home team winless and the Dutchmen undefeated sitting atop the East Division standings.
The 12-innng clash lasted nearly four hours, before Albany scored in the top of the inning to the lead for good.
Albany’s Reid Matthews singled to left, driving in Denny Hrbeck for the game-winning run. James Locklear singled to center scoring Matthews for an insurance run.
Starter Drew Tolson pitched eight solid innings for the Dutchmen. Tolson scattered three hits over the eight innings, striking out four without walking a batter.
For the first five and a half innings, Tolson and Mohawks’ starter Brandon Whitmore were locked in a pitcher’s duel until the Mohawks broke the deadlock in the bottom of the sixth with Nethaway scoring on a Joey Aiola groundout after Nethaway doubled to center.
The Dutchmen came back to tie the game at one in the top of the ninth with Adam Lee coming in to score after reaching on a double down the left field line.
Amsterdam is 0-3 for the first time as a member of the PGCBL. The defending champs are hitting just .163 as a team. Albany is hitting .260 as a team, good for third in the league. The Albany pitching staff has posted a combined 1.50 ERA, which ranks second in the PGCBL behind the Newark Pilots.
Watertown 11 Utica
Watertown (2-2) picked up its first road win of the season, winning by a final score of 11-1. The Rams won their second game in a row to got back to .500 on the young season as they spoiled the home opener for the Utica Brewers at Murnane Field.
Watertown starter Zander Clouse tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the Rams. Clouse allowed only a single hit and walked three as he picked up his first win of the season, all on two days rest.
Matt Diorio delivered a two-run single for the Rams and Watertown also scored on a catcher’s interference call with the bases loaded. Watertown scored on one of four Utica errors, and also added a run on a wild pitch.
Newark 12 Elmira 3
Newark scored runs in all but three innings to beat the undefeated Elmira Pioneers, 12-3. Newark was led by a 4-for-5 night from second baseman Tommy Wagner.
Wagner ignited the Pilot offense in the first inning with a single and a stolen base and eventually came around to score on a Tanner Giesel sacrifice fly.
Newark starter Steven Powles put together a quality start, throwing six innings of two-run ball in picking up the win. Powles strong start lowered Newark’s team ERA to 1.29, best in the PGCBL.
The Pilots combined for 14 hits and tallied multiple runs in six innings. Elmira scored its lone run in the bottom of the ninth on a Chris Kalousidian double.
With the win, Newark is now in first place of the West Division and Elmira moves to second, a half-game behind the Pilots. Elmira’s offense is hitting .276 as a team, which is second best in the league.
Glens Falls 9 Mohawk Valley 4
Glens Falls broke a 4-4 tie with five runs in the top of the eighth inning to defeat Mohawk Valley in Little Falls.
The Golden Eagles batted around in the eighth inning, cranking out three doubles, two of which were ground-rule doubles. JQ Folena and Richard Gugliemi both drove in two runs in the inning.
Glens Falls relieved Michael Harrington tossed four innings allowing one run (unearned) as he picked up the win. Dylan Bosclair allowed four runs and took the loss for Mohawk Valley.
Mohawk Valley got out to an early 2-0 lead on a Colin Hawk double and a Glens Falls error. Glens Falls crawled back to tie it in the top of the seventh before erupting for five runs in the eighth.
The Golden Eagles are now hitting .281 as a team which is tops in the league. Mohawk Valley is hitting a mere .190 and sits in third place of the East Division while Glens Falls is a game behind undefeated Albany.
Now let’s preview the first set of Sunday games:
Albany @ Watertown 5:00 p.m.
The undefeated Dutchmen make the long trek to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds where they will take on the Watertown Rams who own a two-game winning streak after losing their first two PGCBL contests.
Albany is coming off a 3-2 win against Amsterdam while the Rams walloped the Utica Brewers on Saturday night, 11-1. Chris Amorosi is scheduled to take the mound for the Dutchmen. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
Elmira @ Mohawk Valley 5:05 p.m.
For “Strike Out Breast Cancer Night” in Little Falls, Mohawk Valley will play host to the Elmira Pioneers. Elmira lost 12-3 to the Newark Pilots on Saturday night, their first of the season. Mohawk Valley gave up five runs in the eighth inning, going on to lose to Glens Falls by a score of 9-4. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Adirondack @ Utica 7:00 p.m.
Adirondack will make the short trip down Route 12 and take on the Utica Brewers for the first time this season. Adirondack was off on Saturday while Utica lost to the Watertown Rams, 11-1. The two teams are set to meet eight times over the course of the 2014 season. First pitch in Utica is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Amsterdam @ Glens Falls 7:00 p.m.
Amsterdam will travel to Glens Falls and face the Golden Eagles for the first time this season. Glens Falls (3-1) looks to extend its winning streak to four games while the Mohawks are looking for their first win of the season. Glens Falls offense ranks as the best offense in the league statistically, with a .281 team batting average and 28 runs, while Amsterdam’s is in the cellar with a .163 batting average and just six runs scored. Brad Currao is scheduled to take the mound for Glens Falls. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm.
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