Tonight’s six-game slate featured plenty of playoff movement, including another step closer to the playoffs for Albany and Utica punching their ticket.
Jamestown Tarp Skunks 3, Niagara Power 8
Jamestown got three on the board in the first inning, two on singles by Will Dorrell (Flo-Dar Tech CC) and Jordan King (Delaware State). Dorrell went one for two with a walk in addition to the RBI. Niagara responded with one run of their own and then three runs in the second inning. The go-ahead run came from a Cadyn Karl (Kansas State) sacrifice fly. The Power extended their lead with a third-inning RBI-double by Andrew Fairbrother (NCCC), a fifth-inning sacrifice fly by Ben Sinins (Bucknell), and eighth-inning RBIs by Jadyn Lobliner (Kansas State) and Nick DiCarlo (Iona). DiCarlo finished the game with two hits and RBIs. Bryan Aduddle (Canisius) went five innings and allowed three earned runs as the Niagara starter.
Boonville Baseball Club 3, Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs 5
Mohawk Valley took the lead with two runs in the first inning. Later, Boonville used a Brady Karp RBI single, and a seventh-inning passed ball sacrifice fly combination to take the lead. The DiamondDawgs responded with three runs in the bottom of that inning, two off a double by Demetrius Johnson (Goldey-Beacom). Johnson’s lone hit led Mohawk Valley in RBIs. Ohjiro Motoki (Manhattan) received the win, relieving Colin Gauthier (Rhode Island) after six innings, two earned runs, and seven strikeouts. Boonville starter Joseph Gibson (Christian Brothers) had similar numbers with only four strikeouts.
Utica Blue Sox 4, Watertown Rapids 5
It took until the fifth inning for Utica to get to opposing starter Josh Ruiz (El Paso CC). From that point, the Blue Sox put three runs on him over two innings. After Brett Myers’ (Oswego) RBI put Watertown on the board in the fifth, the Rapids used a three-run seventh inning to push ahead. The lead-changing blow was struck by Clay Grady (Virginia Tech). Trailing in the ninth, Utica’s Kade Reinertson (Valparaiso) struck an RBI double which sent the game to extra innings. With two outs in the tenth, Owen Parliament (Binghamton) hit an RBI single, walking the game off. Michael Flyzik (St. Lawrence) received the win for his four innings of relief. For Utica, Alex Canino’s (Limestone) start lasted five innings, allowing one earned run.
Saugerties Stallions 4, Amsterdam Mohawks 5
After the teams traded runs in the first, it took a two-run double by Garrison Berkley (TCU) to break the tie in Saugerties favor. Berkley led the Stallions in hits and RBIs, three of each. Amsterdam responded in the fifth inning with three fifth-inning runs, gaining their first lead of the day. Brett Coker (Middle Tennessee State), Zach Gardiner (Marshall), and Cade Bush (Florida State) drove in the Mohawk’s runs. In the eighth, Garrett Michel (Virginia Tech) drove in the tying run, but Jacob Hand (WPI) scored in the bottom of the inning on a wild pitch, giving Amsterdam the victory. Coker was the lone Mohawk with multiple RBIs.
Albany Dutchmen 7, Glens Falls Dragons 5
Albany chipped away at Glens Falls starter Jake O’Connor (Hobart). They then took advantage of multiple bases-loaded situations to get four runs by the end of the fourth inning. O’Connor finished his outing after five innings, and three earned runs. After Martin Marintchev (RPI) drove in a run during the fourth, Glens Falls used defensive miscues to score four fifth-inning runs and take the lead. Albany responded by dropping three runs in the sixth inning, gaining their winning margin. Billy Fitzgerald (Fairfield) was vital to the Dutchmen’s cause, pitching three shutout innings of relief with six strikeouts.
Batavia Muckdogs 9, Elmira Pioneers 1
Batavia came blazing out of the gates, scoring four first-inning runs, two off the bat of Brian Fry (Toledo). Elmira’s response was a Joe Olsavsky (John Carroll) sacrifice fly before the Muckdogs hung five more runs on them. Fry led Batavia with three RBIs, while Alex Torres (Felician) added two in his one-for-four performance. Josh Leadem (Rochester) and Kyle Corso (Columbia) each recorded two hits for the Muckdogs. Meanwhile, Cooper Smith (Northern Essex CC) went two for three for Elmira. Batavia’s pitching standout was Jackson Murphy (Roanoke). Murphy pitched seven innings, allowing one run and striking out seven. His ERA is now 3.14.
Newark at Watertown: 6:30 pm
Batavia at Jamestown: 6:30 pm
Amsterdam at Albany: 6:35 pm
Mohawk Valley at Utica: 6:45 pm
Geneva at Elmira: 7 pm
Niagara at Auburn: 7:05 pm