Eight more games were completed on Wednesday, and with blowouts, pitching duels, and a tie, there was certainly variety within the matchups.
Auburn Doubledays 3, Newark Pilots 0 (GAME 1) – 7 INNINGS
Auburn (17-16) kept up their playoff chase in this West Division matchup against Newark (9-21-1).
While neither team saw too much offensive success, Auburn was able to cross home in three different innings to claim victory. EH Bobby Stang (Georgia Southern) had a great game, going 3-3 at the plate and picking up three RBIs. Doubledays shortstop Fernando Espinal stole a base and scored twice to chip in his share.
Newark’s offense could never push through in this contest, leaving a zero on the scoreboard. EH Jack Arcamone (Richmond) continued his impressive season, picking up a hit, and second baseman Briggs Loveland (Emerson) picked up a double and stole a base.
Sam Hough (Bates) started the game for Auburn and was fantastic, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up no runs, and striking out four to earn the win. Simon Aluko (Charleston Southern) came on for the final five outs to record the save.
Auburn Doubledays 18, Newark Pilots 4 (GAME 2) – 5 INNINGS
One of the biggest offensive innings of the season paved the way for the Doubledays (18-16) to complete the sweep over Newark (9-22-1).
After putting up a two spot in the bottom of the first, Auburn decided to get a lot more greedy the following inning, putting up 13 more runs to reach 15 for the game before the second inning ended. Two of the big hits in these first two frames were a catcher Bobby Stang (Georgia Southern) 2-run home run and a 2-run single from EH Fernando Espinal (Cayuga), who each finished with three RBIs. The Doubleday’s decided to tack on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to give them 18 for the game.
Newark’s offense looked a lot sharper in game two putting four runs on the board in the third inning. First catcher Nick Payne (Centenary) came through with a solo shot, his first homer of the season. Later, EH Tatsunori Negishi (Middle Tenn. St.), a recent recipient of the West Division Player of the Week, showed off his offensive excellence with a 3-run triple.
Luke Lea (Pitt. Johnstown) came in in relief to earn the win, pitching the final two innings scoreless with one strikeout.
Elmira Pioneers 4, Niagara Power 4 – 10 INNINGS
This competitive matchup between the Pioneers (22-12-1) and Power (18-15-2) would end in a tie after ten innings.
The Niagara offensive attack was lead by centerfielder Zach Evans (Lenoir-Rhyne) and third baseman Vincent Mauro (Niagara U), who each had two hits and stole a base. The Power were able to put up a run in each of the first two innings and one more in the sixth, but they’d be held right there.
Elmira DH Spencer Aubin (UMass Lowell) picked up two RBIs to contribute his share (the only two RBIs credited to the team), and shortstop Chris Bear (Northern Essex CC) and first baseman Jake Kelleher (ETSU) each picked up two hits. After a three-run second inning gave them a 3-2 lead, the Pioneers extended their lead to 4-2 in the sixth, only to be tied by the Power immediately. A scoreless 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th innings ended this contest in a tie.
Elmira righty Cooper Smith (Tufts) helped ensure the tie, pitching the final two innings scoreless, while Niagara lefty Zach Johnson (Tiffin) pitched zeros across the final three.
Boonville Lumberjacks 10, Watertown Rapids 3
The Lumberjacks’ (11-26) offense was consistently excellent and was no match for the Rapids (12-25) on Wednesday night.
After one run in each of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings, Boonville broke out in the fifth, putting four more runs on the board to take a 7-0 lead. In the middle of this rally was a big 2-run double off the bat of first baseman Santiago Jimenez (Prince George CC), who finished with three hits and three RBIs for the game. Lumberjacks centerfielder Marcus Smith (McLennan CC) also showed off his skills, reaching base four total times.
The Rapids first run came in the bottom of the fifth, when first baseman Quinten Perilli (Elizabethtown), who had two hits in the game, came home on a putout. In the eighth, an RBI single from shortstop Colin Hageman (Wisconsin-Stout) brought in run number two, then followed by a sac fly to bring in another.
Jacob Phillips (Guilford) picked up the win for Boonville, tossing six innings, giving up one earned run, and striking out two. The win was his third of the summer.
Batavia Muckdogs 7, Jamestown Tarp Skunks 6 – 10 INNINGS
Batavia (22-13) pulled off a comeback, walk-off win over Jamestown (19-13-1) in one of the wildest games so far this season.
After a 1-1 tie two innings in, Jamestown’s offense took off with three runs in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead. First, an RBI groundout from second baseman Tommy Googins (Princeton) gave them a 2-1 lead, and an error then brought in two more. The Tarp Skunks would add one more run in the six , and then one more in the ninth when right fielder Zack Kent (Wagner) came home on a wild pitch.
After putting up two runs total in the first eight innings, the Muckdogs found themselves in a 6-2 deficit heading into the bottom of the ninth. Luckily for them, they were just getting started. After a few runners reached, a 2-run double by second baseman Giuseppe Arcuri (Saint Leo) and a 2-run single from DH Adam Agresti (St. John’s) tied the game at six, where the game would go to a tenth inning. IN the bottom of the tenth, the Muckdogs would then ride their momentum and walk it off on a wild pitch to pick up the big win.
Ty Woods (Genesee CC) pitched the bulk of the game for Batavia, however Trey Bacon (Santa Fe) picked up the win, pitching a scoreless tenth inning with two strikeouts.
Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs 6, Glens Falls Dragons 3
The DiamondDawgs (21-14) picked up the victory Wednesday night over Glens Falls (11-20) to help position themselves well for the playoffs.
Glens Falls began the scoring in the top of the first when left fielder Michael Pratte (Maine) came home on a groundout. Then in the fifth, the Dragons bats would come alive again, pushing two more runs on the board. An RBI single from shortstop Alex Sandell (Holy Cross) brought in run number two, and an error by Mohawk Valley caused another.
After also scoring in the first inning, the DiamondDawgs had their big inning in the fourth, when three more runs would cross home plate. Center fielder Jaden Ross’ (South Florida) RBI single in that inning helped to keep the rally going. One more run would come in in the fifth and eighth innings, with third baseman Sam Miller (Columbia) and right fielder Nick Sturino (Fairfield) providing the RBI hits.
Ethan Patch (Carson-Newman) started for Mohawk Valley and and picked up the victory, going five innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out six. CJ DiNapoli (William & Mary) got the save.
Amsterdam Mohawks 17, Saugerties Stallions 4 – 8 INNINGS
The Mohawks (32-3-1) continue to look like the team to beat heading into the playoffs with this victory over Saugerties (18-14-1).
Saugerties held their own at the plate, collecting one run in the third, fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. First baseman Corey Dowdell (Georgia Southern) had both an RBI walk and an RBI hit-by-pitch to lead the team with two RBIs. Right fielder Ethan Conrad (Marist) saw the ball very well, with a hit and three walks.
After putting up an impressive nine runs over the first seven innings, the Mohawks broke out and put up eight more in the eighth to reach 17 for the game. Center fielder Jalen DeBose (Florida Atlantic) was particularly impressive, picking up three hits and 2 RBIs. Outfielder Luke Zeisloft (Maryland) also had a day to remember, reaching base three times with 2 RBIs of his own.
Joey Colucci (Maryland) got the victory for Amsterdam, coming in for three innings with no earned runs and one strikeout.
Utica Blue Sox 7, Oneonta Outlaws 0
Utica (21-10) used a great combination of their bats and arms to take care of Oneonta (13-24) in this East Division matchup.
Utica took advantage of errors in the top of the first, bringing home three runs on an error, wild pitch, and sacrifice fly to take a quick 3-0 lead. Then in the third, shortstop Andre Demerol (NIU) came through with an RBI double, giving the Blue Sox five runs at that tie. Utica would add on two more runs before the game was over, and DH Peter Adams (Limestone) was a big part in it, walking three times and scoring twice.
Oneonta’s offense could never bring home a run Wednesday night, leaving them with the large deficit. Third baseman Connor Roche (Wagner) did his part and reached base twice, but the team will have to have a short memory and look towards their next game if they want to break out.
Chris Killian (Monmouth) picked up the win for Utica pitching the final five innings scoreless with eight strikeouts.