Filed by the Albany Dutchmen...
ALBANY, NY – Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) connected on a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Albany Dutchmen a 9-8 win over the Amsterdam Mohawks on Saturday night at Bob Bellizzi Field in Game 2 of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League's East Division finals. Albany tied the series at one win apiece and forced a winner-take-all Game 3 on Sunday night at Amsterdam's Shuttleworth Park.
The game consisted of six lead changes and two ties, and was also Albany’s second extra-inning win of the 2013 PGCBL playoffs. It was also the sixth time the Dutchmen have earned a walk-off victory this summer.
Amsterdam jumped on the board initially in the top of the first with a twp-run home run by Dylan Smith (Auburn). Smith finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs; he singled, double and homered for the Mohawks.
The Dutchmen answered almost immediately, taking their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second. Luke Nethaway (St. Rose) cranked a three-run home run to left field that gave Albany a 3-2 lead. The Dutchmen made it a 4-2 lead in the next inning with a Matt Dacey (Richmond) RBI single.
The Mohawks quickly responded with three runs in the next half inning to take a 5-4 lead, but the Dutchmen were never down for the count. RBI knocks from Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) and Brad Noland (North Alabama) in the bottom of the fourth gave Albany another lead, this time at 6-5.
Back and forth the pendulum rocked, with Amsterdam adding a pair of runs in the 5th inning. John Nogowski (Florida State) drew a bases loaded walk, and Dylan Smith chipped in with a sacrifice fly. The Mohawks had a 7-6 lead for about 10 minutes, but it soon disappeared. An RBI single from Justin Brock (Franklin Pierce) tied the game.
And RBI double from Dylan Smith briefly gave the Mohawks an 8-7 lead, but Luke Nethaway’s RBI double in the bottom of the 8th tied up the game once more. Thomas Belcher (Indiana) worked a perfect ninth for Albany, as did Chris Kalica (SCCC) for Amsterdam.
Belcher got himself in trouble in the 10th, however. After striking out the first two batters, he found himself in a jam with runners on the corners. With Brian Ruby (Binghamton) up and the winning run on 3rd, Belcher induced a ground ball to the shortstop to quash the threat.
The 10th inning was where it all came together for the Dutchmen. Pinch-hitter Brian Ruhm (UC Davis) was up with 1 out and the bases loaded, but grounded into a fielder’s choice, with Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) thrown out at home. The bases remained loaded for Anthony Marks, who stayed cool under pressure. He slapped a high chopper over the head of the third basemen to score Justin Brock, and the Albany a 9-8 win.
Thomas Belcher (Indiana) pitched three scoreless innings to record the win for the Dutchmen. He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out four. Albany relievers Bryan Carr (Saint Rose) and James Davitt (Bryant) combined to pitch three scoreless innings in relief of starter Jose Hernandez (Dean).
While Anthony Marks drove in the game-winning run in the 10th, Albany's offense was powered by Justin Brock and Luke Nethaway. Nethaway went 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBI, two runs scored and two walks. Brock tallied three of Albany's nine runs including the game winner in teh 10th. He finished 2-for-4 with one RBI. Anthony Marks went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Josh Gardiner (Radford), John Sansone (Florida State) and Jordan Ebert (Auburn) all had two hits and one RBI each for the Mohawks. John Nogowski (Florida State) scored two runs and drove in one.
Game 3 of the three-game series is at Shuttleworth Park on Sunday, August 4th at 7:05PM. The winner goes on to face the Elmira Pioneers, champions of the Western Division, in the PGCBL Championship Series on Tuesday.