By Justin Mattingly
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Let’s recap last night’s action:
Watertown 10 Albany 2 Game One
In game one of a twin bill in Albany, the Watertown Rams scored five runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to go on and defeat the Albany Dutchmen, 10-2. The loss moved Albany to 8-2 on the season while the Rams went to one game below .500 at 5-6.
The game was scoreless until the sixth, when Watertown scored its first five runs. Matt Diorio got the scoring started with a one-out RBI single. Robbie Alessandrine, Nick Moore and Chris Gaetano added RBI singles in the inning. In the seventh, two HBPs and a wild pitch scored runs, along with another Nick Moore RBI single. Albany rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning but the comeback came up short as Watertown prevailed 10-2.
Sean Rackoski tossed a complete game, striking out six and picking up the win for the Rams. Tyler Fries took the loss for the Dutchmen, allowing four runs in the sixth before being relieved by AJ Flores.
Watertown 4 Albany 1 Game Two
In game two of the double-header, Watertown once again emerged victorious, this time by a score of 4-1.
Rams starter Mitch Sewald went the distance, allowing one run (unearned) on three hits while striking out five. Chris Amorosi took the loss for Albany, allowing four runs (two earned) in four innings for the Dutchmen.
Albany scored in the first inning on a Cameron Miller double. It wound up to be the only run of the game for the home team. Watertown answered in the top of the second with two runs on an error and a Santino Alteri RBI single. The visitors added lone runs in the fourth on groundout and a walk.
Mohawk Valley 7 Elmira 4
Trey Stover hit a three-run run walk-off home run as the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs beat the Elmira Pioneers, 7-4. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Pioneers.
Stover’s home run came with two outs in the bottom of the twelfth inning. It was just the third DiamondDawg hit since the second inning. Before Stover’s walk-off, the last run in the game came in the sixth inning when Elmira plated three runs. The three Elmira runs came on a Taylor Skerpon home run. Mohawk Valley scored four runs in the home half of the first inning to answer an Elmira run in the top of the first.
Terry Dugdale tossed 6.2 scoreless innings to pick up the win for Mohawk Valley. Alex Satterfield came on to start the twelfth for Elmira and allowed the Stover walk-off, as he took the loss.
Adirondack 11 Utica 10
The Adirondack Trail Blazers and Utica Brewers have played one another four times on the young season. Two of those games have ended in walk-off fashion. This time around, Alex Lushkevich tripled home Greg Wasikowski and Mike Carter as the Trail Blazers overcame a one-run ninth inning deficit.
Carter walked to lead off the inning and advanced on a Wasikowski single. Lushkevich then tripled home both runners as the home team evened the season series against Utica.
Utica came back from a 7-1 deficit to take a 10-8 lead in the top of the seventh. The Brewers scored three runs in the fourth and four runs in the sixth to get within a run before scoring the two in the seventh. Adirondack scored two runs in both the first and second innings and added three in the third.
Now let’s preview tonight’s games:
Adirondack at Mohawk Valley DH: 5:05 p.m.
The Adirondack Trail Blazers and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will meet for the third and fourth times of the season on Thursday night. The double-header is a result of a June 13 cancellation. Both teams are coming off walk-off wins, Mohawk Valley’s against the Elmira Pioneers and Adirondack’s against the Utica Brewers. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Glens Falls at Watertown 7:00 p.m.
A night after both teams played double-headers in Newark and Albany, respectively, the Glens Falls Golden Eagles will make the trip to Watertown to face the Rams in a single game. The Rams swept the Dutchmen on Wednesday, winning 10-2 in game one and 4-2 in game two, while the Golden Eagles were swept by the Newark Pilots. First pitch at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Amsterdam at Albany 7:05 p.m.
Historically two of the best teams in the PGCBL East Division, division rivals Amsterdam and Albany will meet on Wednesday for the third time this season. The Dutchmen won the first matchup on June 7, 3-2 and the Mohawks won the latest game, 6-1 on June 10. Amsterdam was off on Wednesday while Albany was swept in a double-header at home against the Watertown Rams. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Newark at Elmira 7:05 p.m.
The Elmira Pioneers will look to get back in the win column after their five-game winning streak was snapped on a walk-off home run a night ago. They will host the Newark Pilots, who swept a double-header against the Glens Falls Golden Eagles a night ago. The two teams currently sit in first and second of the PGCBL West Division. First pitch at Dunn Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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