Seven games were played on Tuesday night, as we count down just four more days of baseball now until the end of the regular season.
Newark Pilots 11, Auburn Doubledays 10
A wild ninth inning lead to the Pilots (12-25-1) finding a path to victory over Auburn (21-18) in walk-off fashion.
After being scoreless for the first three innings, the DoubleDays put up one run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and three in the eighth to give them six at the time. Unfortunately for them, they trailed 10-6 heading into the final frame. After loading the bases and scoring two runs on a hit by pitch and sacrifice fly, left fielder Emil Sander (Oswego) and catcher James Bolton (Cortland) came through with RBI singles to complete the comeback and tie the game at ten. The score would hold there heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The Pilot’s offense was hot to begin the game, scoring at least one run in each of the first five innings to give them ten heading into the ninth. Then, after Auburn tied in the top of the inning, their only path to victory was via a walk-off, and Newark delivered for their home fans. After shortstop Michael Flaherty (Grinnell) found himself on third base from a single, stolen base, and wild pitch, he came home to win the game on an error. Flaherty led the team with three hits, while first baseman Mitchell Kelly (Cortland) and right fielder Paul Goodness (Finger Lakes CC) both picked up two RBIs.
Chris Ferara (Emerson) picked up the win, retiring the final two DoubleDays in the top of the ninth.
Watertown Rapids 5, Oneonta Outlaws 1
Watertown (14-28) took care of business Tuesday night at home against the Outlaws (12-29).
After a scoreless first inning, the Outlaws scored first in the top of the second on an RBI single by second baseman Christopher Ubner (St. Thomas Aquinas). From there, they’d put a decent amount of runners on base, but were never able to cross home. Third baseman Connor Roche (Wagner) played well, picking up two hits, tied for the team lead with Uber.
The Rapids tied the game directly after Oneonta took the lead, when right fielder Corey Roberts picked up an RBI single. Then, after tacking on one more run in the fourth, Watertown would take control of the game when centerfielder Malachi Flaherty (Saint Joseph’s) picked up an RBI single to give the Rapids a 3-1 lead. Two more runs would come in, one more in the seventh and one in the eighth, to give them the comfortable win. Roberts and Flaherty each picked up two hits.
Ryan Peters (Brockport) had a great start for the Rapids, pitching six innings, allowing one run, and striking out seven.
Albany Dutchmen 13, Glens Falls Dragons 1 – 7 Innings
Albany (20-19) used strong pitching and a big rally in their final home game to take care of business over the Dragons (13-24).
The lone Glens Falls run in this game came in the fourth inning, when DH Odilio Cespedes (Bryant & Stratton) came home on a groundout. After that, the Dragons would struggle to make more action happen against the strong Dutchmen pitching. Catcher Noah Joly (Stevenson) had two walks, the only Dragons player to reach base twice aside from Cespedes.
After scoring three runs in the first three innings, the Dutchmen broke the game open in the fourth, putting up seven to give them a 10-1 lead at the time. After taking advantage of a couple of errors, RBI hits by DH Will Binder (UAlbany), right fielder JT Vance (Mississippi), and third baseman Austin Francis (NJIT) helped give the Dutchmen full control of the game. Each of these three guys picked up at least two RBIs in the game, combining for seven.
Grant Smeltzer (Fairfield) gave Albany a great start, going five innings, giving up one run, and striking out three.
Utica Blue Sox 8, Boonville Lumberjacks 1
Utica (24-12) stayed hot with a win over the Lumberjacks (14-29) with both their hitting and pitching at its best.
The Lumberjacks had a tough time at the plate on Tuesday night, only getting one run home. It came in the fifth, after second baseman Marcus Smith (McLennan) came home on a fielder’s choice. He led the team, reaching base three times, while DH Hugo Kohnhorst (Mineral Area) picked up two hits, but the runs simply didn’t come.
After scoring two in the second inning, the Blue Sox took hold of the contest with a big fourth inning, bringing home four more runs. Their rally started with an RBI from shortstop Pablo Santos (Rutgers), who had 2 RBIs for the game. A walk and a couple of wild pitches led to three more runs, giving Utica six at that point. The Blue Sox would cruise to a win from that point, with left fielder Todd Abraham (Binghamton) providing a big spark with two hits and two walks.
Cole Syversen (St. John’s River) had a strong start pitching four scoreless innings, but the win went to Trey Sejnoha (St. Thomas), who picked the next four, giving up just one earned run and striking out five.
Saugerties Stallions 10, Amsterdam Mohawks 9
The Stallions (22-16-1) playoff push continued with a massive win over the Mohawks (34-5-1), staving off Amsterdam’s late-inning comeback.
Saugerties struck first in this one, an RBI double in the top of the first by third baseman Samuel Hill (UMass) putting them on top. In the fourth and fifth, more offense would come, with 2-run singles from second baseman Carson Clark (Wright St.) and EH Damion Kenealy (Polk St.) padding the Stallions’ lead. After six and a half, they lead 10-2, but had some trouble coming their way.
After closing the gap to 10-6, Mohawks centerfielder Luke Zeisloft (Maryland) came through with a massive 3-run double to trim the lead down to one at 10-9. Unfortunately for Amsterdam, Saugerties would turn to two of their more reliable guys right at that moment to record the final seven outs, handing Amsterdam their fifth loss of the season. Second baseman Bruer Webster (Utah) also had a strong game for the Mohawks, picking up three hits.
Will Robbins (Georgia Southern) had a great start for Saugerties, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run (two total runs), and striking out four. The Mohawks rally was put to a halt when Jared Woodward (Grand Canyon) came into the game, but it was Shaun Shipley (South Florida) who followed him for the final inning to record the save and lock down the impressive victory.
Niagara Power 9, Batavia Muckdogs 2
The Power (20-17-2) picked up a huge win on Tuesday over the Muckdogs (25-14) to keep them in playoff contention.
The Muckdogs’ offense could never truly get it going in this contest, going scoreless for the first six innings. In the seventh, an RBI single from center fielder Cristian Bernardini (St. John’s) gave them their first run, and in the ninth they were able to score one more when DH Adam Agresti (St. John’s) came home on a wild pitch. Already down 9-0 when their first run came in and unable to rally, it wasn’t an easy day for the Muckdogs lineup.
The Power offense came alive in the fifth, putting up five runs to add onto what was already a 3-0 lead. The big hit in this inning was a 3-run double from centerfielder Myles Pallister (Kentucky Wesleyan). It was a great day all-around for the Niagara lineup, compiling a ridiculous 16 hits. EH Cal Brazier (Tiffin) and DH Andrew Stillinger (NCCC) did their job, each picking up three hits in the very comfortable win.
Zak Fike (NCCC) had a great start for Niagara, pitching seven innings, allowing one earned run, and striking out three in the win.
Geneva Red Wings 16, Jamestown Tarp Skunks 5 – 8 Innings
Geneva (11-29-1) put up one of their best offensive performances of the season to impact Jamestown’s (21-17-1) playoff hopes.
The Tarp Skunks offense got going in the top of the first when shortstop Grady Mee (Western Michigan) came home to give them a 1-0 lead. They’d push three more runs across in the fifth, and in the sixth, an RBI double by right fielder Drew Garth (Washington & Jefferson) gave them their fifth run. Their scoring would hold there, and wasn’t nearly enough to match the Red Wings’ big performance.
Geneva smacked three homers in this game to drive their momentum, one each by outfielder Ryan Knight (Hartford), catcher Jason Shockley (Rutgers), and right fielder Wyatt Patchett (Le Moyne). For Knight and Patchett, this was their second home run of the summer, while Shockley picked up his first. It was a great day for the Geneva lineup, as six hitters picked up at least two RBIs to spread the wealth and pick up the well-deserved win.
Nicholas Franceschi (Finger Lakes CC) picked up the win, coming on for 2.1 innings in relief, giving up one run, and striking out four.