There was lots of movement for the playoffs on a night that also featured Coach Nick Davey’s last home game.
Batavia Muckdogs 6, Jamestown Tarp Skunks 1
There was a rocky start for the home crowd as Tyler Cannoe’s (Salve Regina) RBI single kicked off a three-run inning for Batavia. Jamestown responded in the bottom of the inning with a Cody Bey (Wagner) sacrifice fly but the Muckdogs negated that the next inning with a run of their own. In the fifth inning, Kyle Corso (Columbia) and Josh Leadem (Rochester) scored, securing the Batavia advantage. Alex Hale (Niagara County CC) received the win, pitching six innings with one earned run and five strikeouts. Jamestown managed just three hits off of the Muckdogs pitching staff.
Newark Pilots 3, Watertown Rapids 18
After allowing just a run in the first inning, Watertown unloaded on Newark starter Logan Reilly (Emerson), tagging him with eight runs in the second and third innings. Reilly left the game at that point, leaving Angelo Deer (Stockton) to withstand a nine run inning from the Rapids, four of which were earned by Deer. Newark could not keep up with the scoring pace, generating three runs including a solo home run by Thai Morgan (Emerson). This his first home run of the season and he went three for three. Watertown standouts Hunter Ryan (Wabash Valley JC) and Brett Myers (Oswego) drove in three runs while Ryan and Micheal Norton (Cayuga CC) scored three times themselves.
Amsterdam Mohawks 8, Albany Dutchmen 5
Albany found themselves in an early whole during their final home game, trailing after two first-inning Amsterdam runs. The Dutchmen could not keep the Mohawks’ offense down until Hunter Harris (Santa Ana) entered in the seventh. Harris and Chase Carroll (UAlbany) provided Albany with almost three scoreless innings but the Dutchmen were unable to make up the difference. Nolan Lamere (Clarke) received the win for his scoreless relief of starter Chris Suter (Union). The loss went to Frankie Sanchez (Southern New Hampshire) who allowed six baserunners over three innings. Cameron Love (Rutgers) led Amsterdam’s offensive charge, recording four hits and an RBI. For Albany, Anthony Raimo Jr (Rhode Island) led the team with two RBIs. This was Albany coach Nick Davey’s last home game with the Dutchmen as he prepares to retire after 13 seasons with the team. They head to Oneonta today to continue their challenge for fourth place.
Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs 7, Utica Blue Sox 2
Mohawk Valley chipped away at the Utica defense, scoring one run in the first inning and two more in the third. They then added on with three fourth-inning runs, further cementing the lead. Finally, after a sixth-inning run by Mohawk Valley, the Blue Sox stole two back against Hayden Duke (UMass-Lowell). The win here for Mohawk Valley puts them one step closer to potentially hosting the first round this Saturday. The win was given to Darin Horn (Coastal Carolina) after five innings with a hit, walk, and six strikeouts. The DiamondDawgs allowed only six baserunners in the game. On offense, Pete Durocher (Manhattan) led the team, reaching base four times and scoring two runs.
Elmira Pioneers 10, Geneva Red Wings 8
Geneva came out with the early advantage, scoring seven runs in two innings to lead by four. Elmira slowly pushed into the game, starting with a fourth-inning RBI-single by Erik Charnetski (St John Fisher). The Pioneers tied the game with three runs in the sixth inning, two on an error by Mike Gorham (North Lake). The Red Wings went ahead again on a Shane Dux (Hamilton) single but Elmira struck the winning blow on an RBI single by Joe Muzio (Eckerd). Muzio was one of three Pioneers with a multi-hit game. The win went to Jarek Podest (Elmira) who pitched five innings of relief, giving up one run. Dux led the opposition with three hits and as many RBIs.
Niagara Power 0, Auburn DoubleDays 1
Christian Perez (Binghamton) hit a leadoff home run for the DoubleDays. That was his first of the season and all they would score in the game. Auburn’s line boasted 10 hits, 3 by Garrett Prosper (Pitt-Johnstown) and 2 by Luke Hanson (Virginia), but just the lone run to secure their win. Eddie Rives (Ithaca) got the win, pitching into the sixth inning while maintaining the shutout and providing six strikeouts. The Auburn bullpen took the game from there, allowing just one of the four hits allowed. Of those four hits, Alex Dzimian (D’Youville) accounted for two of them. With the win, Auburn sits a game ahead of Geneva for the third seed.
Glens Falls at Saugerties (DH): 5 & 7:05 pm
Albany at Oneonta (DH): 5 & 7:30 pm
Watertown at Boonville: 6:20 pm
Utica at Amsterdam: 6:35 pm
Auburn at Batavia: 7 pm
Jamestown at Newark: 7:05 pm
Elmira at Geneva: 7:05 pm