Filed by the Albany Dutchmen...
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Cooperstown Hawkeyes (18-24) defeated the Albany Dutchmen (24-20), 5-1, on Monday night at Bob Bellizzi Field.
The Dutchmen are still in control of the third and final playoff seed in the East. Albany is currently a half game ahead of fourth place Glens Falls (24-21), with four games remaining.
Cooperstown took the lead early against Dutchmen starter Bryan Carr (St. Rose), when Nate Lotze (Kenyon) drove in Ben Hall (Alabama Huntsville) from third on a ground out. The Hawkeyes added two more runs in the second inning on an Albany throwing error and an RBI single by Hall, and led 3-0 after two innings.
Despite the three early runs allowed, Carr settled in during the middle innings, and retired 13 straight batters between the second and sixth innings. Carr lasted seven innings, and gave up four runs, on four hits. Only one of the runs allowed was earned, and Carr also struck out five batters.
Ryan Hanahan (Marietta) singled in Nolan Ray (Kentucky Wesleyan) in the seventh to give Cooperstown a 4-0 lead. The Dutchmen failed to score until the seventh inning, when Tyler Orris (Millersville) drove in Teddy Cillis (UNC-Wilmington) to cut Cooperstown's advantage to 4-1.
Cooperstown got a terrific start from Gage Griffin (Franklin Pierce), who went six innings and allowed no runs on only four hits. The Cooperstown bullpen took care of the rest, and shut out Albany in the 8th and 9th innings after giving up a run in the 7th.
Cooperstown won its fifth game in a row. Griffin earned his first win of the season and improved his record to 1-1, while Carr took his third loss and fell to 3-3.
For Cooperstown, Ben Hall and Ryan Hanahan each had one hit, one RBI and one run scored.
Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) paced all Albany hitters with a 2-for-3 performance.
Glens Falls split a doubleheader with Newark (20-25) to keep Albany in third place in the East. And Amsterdam won the East Division in walk-off style with a win over Mohawk Valley (24-18), which currently sits in second place and one game ahead of the Dutchmen.
Albany has at least four games remaining in its season, with the regular season scheduled to end on July 31. The Dutchmen take to the road for a doubleheader with Watertown (27-18), the first place team in the West, on Tuesday night, before finishing the regular season at Glens Falls in a non-traditional doubleheader. Albany and Glens Falls will finish a suspended game from earlier this month on Wednesday beginning in the 4th inning with Glens Falls holding a 4-0 lead. Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s doubleheaders are scheduled to start at 5:05 PM.