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Let’s recap last night’s action:
Watertown 5 Newark 3
The Watertown Rams scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to come back from a 3-2 deficit and defeat the Newark Pilots, 5-3. Watertown moves to 10-8 on the season while Newark goes to 11-8.
In the eighth, James Bonds and Robbie Alessandrine reached base via walk and a single, respectively. With two outs, Matt Diorio hit a 2-RBI single, scoring Bonds and Alessandrine. Chris Gaetano, who had previously walked in the inning, stole home as Diorio stole second to score the third run of the inning.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Newark scored two runs. Zach Wall and Austin Clock each drove in runs with RBI singles. Watertown answered with two runs in the top of the sixth on a Matt Diorio RBI double and a Joe Ogren RBI single. Tim Lewis hit an RBI single in the seventh to give Newark a 3-2 lead before the Rams scored the three in the seventh to take the lead for good.
Mitch Sewald tossed seven innings in his third consecutive start, allowing three runs while striking out eight and picking up his second win of the season for Watertown. Chad Valcoviak allowed two of the three runs in the seventh to take his first loss of the season.
Adirondack 11 Glens Falls 4
The Adirondack Trail Blazers got out to an early 6-0 lead in the first inning and went on to defeat the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, 11-4. The win snaps a six-game losing streak for the Trail Blazers, who now have a 4-13 record.
RJ Devish was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score the first run of the game, Alex Lushkevich drove in two runs with a 2-RBI single, but the big hit of the inning came on a Mark Williams three-run home run. The long ball was Williams’ third of the season, tied for the team lead. It was nothing but zeros until the bottom of the fifth when Glens Falls scored four runs to pull within two. Garrett Bernardo walked with the bases loaded to bring in a run, Brennan Price singled home two, and Ryan Dodge singled home the fourth run of the inning.
Adirondack extended its lead to 8-4 with two runs in the seventh on a Mark Williams RBI triple. The visitors added two more runs in the eighth and a lone run in the ninth to make it an 11-4 ballgame. Justin Korenblatt singled home the two runs in the eighth and Matt Burns added an RBI single in the ninth.
Brian Sondergard tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to pick up his first win of the season. Jack Fowler allowed the six Trail Blazer runs in the first inning as he went just 0.1 innings in taking the loss. Adirondack is now 3-0 against left-handed starting pitchers on the season.
Utica 1 Elmira 0
The Utica Brewers snapped a nine-game losing streak at Elmira on Thursday, defeating the Pioneers, 1-0. The Brewers are now 3-15 on the campaign and Elmira sits at 10-7.
Cody Burton singled with one out in the top of the fourth inning and advanced to second as Anthony Villa was hit by a pitch. As Marcelo Sanchez struck out looking for the second out, Burton stole third base. Hayden Kelly came through in the clutch, driving in Burton with a single to score the only run of the game.
Clutch hitting is nothing new for Kelly on the season. The Polk State product is hitting .313 with runners in scoring position and .308 with two outs. Kelly is now hitting .288 on the season and has a team-leading 14 RBIs.
Marcos Martinez tossed six scoreless innings, striking out five, as he picked up his first win of the season. Josh Garran pitched the last three innings without allowing a hit or a run, striking out five, as he notched the save. Taylor Ahearn allowed one run in six innings, striking out five, taking the loss for the Pioneers.
Mohawk Valley 11 Albany 8
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs held on to an 11-0 lead to defeat the Albany Dutchmen in Little Falls, winning by a final score of 11-8. The DiamondDawgs are now 13-5 on the season and lead the East Division by one game over the Amsterdam Mohawks.
Zach Collett got the scoring started in the first, lifting a three-run home run to center field, his fourth long ball of the season. The lead was extended to 11-0 in the second inning as Collett walked with the bases loaded, Zane Smith, Trey Stover and Greg Fazio each had 2-RBI singles, and Colin Hawk had an RBI single.
Albany got on the scoreboard in the fourth on a Danny Hrbek home run and an RBI groundout. In the fifth, James Locklear hit a 2-RBI double and Cameron Miller hit a sacrifice fly. The lead was cut to 11-8 after a Miller home run, a Justin Brock RBI double, and a Will Miller RBI single. But Mohawk Valley held on in the ninth to get its league-leading 13th win of the season.
Evan Davis picked up the win for the DiamondDawgs, his fourth of the season. Austin Goeke took the loss, moving to 0-1 on the young season.
Now let’s preview tonight’s games
Mohawk Valley at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.
The Amsterdam Mohawks will look to move into a tie for first place for the first time this season as they host the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The Mohawks are currently riding a ten-game winning streak and Mohawk Valley is 13-5 on the season, a game ahead of Amsterdam. The DiamondDawgs beat Albany last night, 11-8. First pitch at Shuttleworth Park is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Elmira at Watertown DH: 5:00 p.m.
For the third and fourth times this season, the Elmira Pioneers and Watertown Rams will play each other in a West Division matchup. The season series is split thus far with Watertown winning the last game on June 20 in Elmira. Watertown beat Newark last night, 5-3, while Elmira was shutout by Utica, 1-0. First pitch of game one at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.
Glens Falls at Albany 7:05 p.m.
Both the Albany Dutchmen and Glens Falls Golden Eagles will look to rebound from losses on Thursday night, as they face each other in Albany on Friday. Glens Falls fell to the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 11-4 and the Dutchmen also allowed 11 runs in their loss, losing 11-8 to Mohawk Valley. First pitch at Bob Bellizzi Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Utica at Adirondack 7:15 p.m.
For the first time this season, the Adirondack Trail Blazers and Utica Brewers won on the same day. The two teams have just seven wins between them, but Adirondack beat Glens Falls 11-4 last night and Utica beat Albany, 11-8. This will be the fifth time this season these two teams meet, the season series tied 2-2. First pitch in Boonville is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
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