Allbry Major (Xavier) made his first start on the mound and earned a key victory vs. Jamestown (photo credit: Travis Larner).
Here is a look at the news and results from around the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on Thursday, July 27:
Onondaga (21-24) 7, Saugerties (19-25) 5 (Game 1)
The Flames jumped out to a red-hot start by scoring six of the game’s first seven runs in the first two innings. In the five-run bottom of the second, which put Onondaga up 6-1, Stephen Bennett (Canisius) hit an RBI single, followed by a two-run double off the bat of Kyle Gallagher (Cornell). Gallagher reached home on an error in the next at-bat and Gage Lanning (Canisius) concluded the scoring in the frame with an RBI base hit of his own. However, the Stallions made things interesting with four runs in the top of the sixth, three of which scored on back-to-back-to-back RBI singles. Bennett paced all batters in the contest by going 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Onondaga 10, Saugerties 4 (Game 2)
The host Flames lit up the scoreboard with a four-spot in the first inning and another five runs in the third to take command of the game from the get-go. Webb Little (Ithaca) and Bennett highlighted the home half of the third with an RBI double and a two-run single, respectively. Bennett once again swung a hot bat, as he finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and one run in the lead-off spot, while Little was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and one run scored. Onondaga starter Evan Reichel (St. Lawrence) won his second straight start, as he gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out one in 6.0 innings of work.
Amsterdam (33-12) 7, Glens Falls (15-31) 5
The Mohawks wasted little time before going to work on Thursday night, as they needed just five pitches in the first three at-bats to take a 2-0 lead. Jake Mueller (Wake Forest), who finished a home run shy of the cycle, hit an RBI triple to score the first run and Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic) plated Mueller with an RBI single in the following at-bat. Mueller, Rivera and lead-off man John Valente (St. John’s) combined for eight of Amsterdam’s 10 hits and six of its seven runs, while batting in the top three in the lineup. Rivera was responsible for what proved to be the winning runs with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth, his sixth long ball of the summer.
Geneva (29-19) 4, Newark (19-28) 0 (Game 1)
The Red Wings received another strong start from Alex Bellardini (Youngstown State), who threw 6.0 shutout innings en route to his sixth victory of the summer season. Bellardini scattered four hits and one walk to go along with three strikeouts. His counterpart, Newark starter Chris Vitale (Erie C.C.), was tagged with the loss after giving up just three earned runs on five hits in 5.0 innings. Geneva took the lead against Vitale in the opening frame on a Will Simoneit (Cornell) RBI single, and Simoneit extended the advantage to 2-0 with a sac fly in the third. Mikey Arman (Kenyon) produced a game-high three hits for the Red Wings, while Newark’s Hunter Wells (Tyler J.C.) finished 2-for-3.
Newark 6, Geneva 4 (Game 2)
The Pilots split the doubleheader at Colburn Park with a 6-4 victory in the nightcap. Newark’s Mark McKenna (Canisius) and Will Allocca (Virginia) flexed their muscle in the win, as both slugged their first home runs of the summer. McKenna hit a two-run bomb in the second inning and Allocca led off with a solo dinger in the bottom of the third. Combined, the duo finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs and two walks, supplying most of their team’s offense. Kyle Griffen (Louisiana Tech) secured the win by allowing just one run in 4.0 innings out of the bullpen.
Elmira (25-21) 6, Jamestown (31-14) 4
Elmira earned a key victory on the road in Jamestown, moving the Pios one step closer to possibly taking second place and earning a home playoff game out of the West Division. However, despite the loss the Jammers were able to clinch the top seed in the West, thanks to Geneva’s loss in the nightcap of its twin bill. Elmira received an excellent start from utility man Allbry Major (Xavier), as he hurled 7.0 innings and struck out four, while surrendering just one run on four hits. The Pioneers did the bulk of their damage in a five-run fourth inning, with three of those runs scoring on a bases-clearing double from Jonathan Crimmin (Siena). Jamestown made things interesting with three runs in the eighth, but the hole was too deep to overcome.
Utica (16-28) 4, Oneonta (13-28) 2
The Blue Sox and Outlaws were scheduled to play a doubleheader at Damaschke Field on Thursday, but were only able to complete one game due to unplayable field conditions. Utica starting pitcher Garrett Keough (Holy Cross) one-hit Oneonta, giving up two runs on an infield single and three walks to go along with three strikeouts. Zane Harris (Wright State) provided his pitcher with some early offense by putting the Blue Sox up 1-0 with an RBI triple in the first. Devon Garcia (Ohio) uncorked a two-run double in the third to widen the gap to 3-0, and Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire) provided some insurance by stealing second and scoring on a Jimmy Mendyk (LIU Post) single in the fifth.
Mohawk Valley (27-16) 9, Adirondack (15-29) 8 (Completed game from 7/14)
The DiamondDawgs and Trail Blazers began their non-traditional doubleheader by finishing their suspended game from July 14. Chuck Hooker’s (Alderson Broaddus) two-run single and Robert Zurawski’s (Hillsdale) three-run homer gave the visitors a 6-3 lead in the top of the third, but the ‘Dawgs responded with six runs in the bottom of the frame to take a lead they would never relinquish. Russ Olive (UMass-Lowell) wasn’t going to be outdone by Zurawski, as he slugged his PGCBL-leading eighth home run of the season, a three-run shot, as part of the decisive inning. Levi Abrahamson (Treasure Valley C.C.) was lights-out in relief for Mohawk Valley with 3.1 no-hit innings and six strikeouts to record a save and secure the victory.
Adirondack 6, Mohawk Valley 3 (7 innings)
The second game of the Thursday night twin bill was called in the top of the seventh inning due to an immense fog that settled inside Veteran’s Memorial Park. The Trail Blazers tallied four runs in the third inning that allowed them to pull ahead 5-0. Bay McIntosh (Florida Tech) produced one of his four hits in the third with an RBI double, but was robbed of a second RBI, when Jordan Torrento (Adrian) was gunned down at the plate by Mohawk Valley right fielder Austin Pollack (Hofstra). McIntosh was a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish with three doubles, two RBIs and one run, while reigning PGCBL Player of the Week Joe Simone (Rider) went 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Adirondack at Amsterdam – 6:35 p.m.
Oneonta at Glens Falls – 7:00 p.m.
Newark at Onondaga – 7:00 p.m.
Albany at Saugerties – 7:05 p.m.
Geneva at Elmira – 7:05 p.m.
Utica at Jamestown – 7:05 p.m.