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Let’s recap last night’s action:
Elmira 7 Watertown 3 Game One
The Elmira Pioneers scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to extend their lead to 7-3 as they went on to defeat the host Watertown Rams in game one of a double-header.
Christian Santisteban had the big hit of the sixth inning, a 2-RBI double to center field. The batter before, Nick Walker, had brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. The Pioneer bullpen sealed the win and guaranteed at least a split in the twin bill.
The Rams got out to an early 2-0 lead in the game, as Joe Deluca hit a 2-RBI double to left center in the first. The Pioneers answered with three runs in the top of the second inning. TJ Dixon had a sacrifice fly and Santisteban again had the big hit in the inning, a two run single through the right side to give Elmira a 3-2 lead. Santisteban had another RBI single in the top of the fourth and Watertown Rams shortstop Robbie Alessandrine had a sacrifice fly.
Logan Salow allowed three runs (all earned) in five innings of work to pick up the win. Javi Villanueva tossed five innings, allowing four runs (one earned) and took his first loss of the season. Santisteban finished 3-for-3 with 5 RBIs for the Pioneers and was the only player in the game with multiple hits.
Watertown 8 Elmira 2 Game Two
After losing game one of the double-header, the Watertown Rams bounced back and beat the Elmira Pioneers 8-2 to earn a split in the twin bill. Dalton D’Spain was again the star for the Rams, tossing another complete game.
The home team struck first in the first, as James Bonds scored on a throwing error by the Elmira catcher. It was all zeros until Derek Deler doubled home two runs in the fourth to give the Pilots a 2-1 lead. The Rams took a 3-2 lead in the home half of the inning as Ben Wylly scored on a wild pitch and Charles Leblanc hit a sacrifice fly.
The big inning for the Rams came in the fifth when Willi Martin and Jason Scholl hit back-to-back home runs with one out. After Wylly was hit by a pitch and Josh Hassell singled and pulled off a double steal, Dustin Exford hit a 2-RBI double down the left field line. He came around to score on a Leblanc RBI single.
Reigning PGCBL Pitcher of the Week Dalton D’Spain tossed his second consecutive complete game, throwing all seven innings, allowing the two runs on five hits and striking out five Pioneer hitters. Roberto Suppa took his first loss of the season, going 3.1 innings and allowing three runs (two earned).
Glens Falls 10 Albany 4
The Glens Falls Golden Eagles used early runs and a big eighth inning to go on and defeat the host Albany Dutchmen, 10-4. With the win, Glens Falls moves to 8-11 and Albany goes to 10-8.
Brian Fay hit a 2-RBI single in the top of the first inning to get the scoring started and Brennan Price and Garrett Bernardo added RBI singles in the top of the second inning. Cameron Miller brought home the first Albany run with an RBI single up the middle. The Dutchmen got one more back in the bottom of the second as Will Miller doubled in Justin Brock.
Both teams added lone runs in the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Glens Falls scored on a JQ Folena RBI single and Albany on an Adam Lee RBI single. In the fifth, Garrett Bernardo had another RBI single for Glens Falls and Cameron Miller picked up another RBI with a groundout for Albany. The big inning came in the eighth when Nate Bernard hit an RBI single for the Golden Eagles, Mark Powell drove in two with a 2-RBI single, and a wild pitch scored Danny Olvieri. That put the game out of reach as Glens Falls went on to win, 10-4.
Mohawk Valley 5 Amsterdam 2
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs snapped Amsterdam’s 10-game winning streak, beating the Mohawks 5-2 at Shuttleworth Park. With the win, the DiamondDawgs are still in first place in the East Division and hold the best record in the PGCBL.
Amsterdam took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Jake Salpietro 2-RBI double to right center. Mohawk Valley got the two runs back, however, as Zane Smith hit a two-run home run to right field to tie the game. Colin Hawk drove in what wound up to be the winning run in the top of the seventh inning, singling to left center and scoring Greg Fazio to make it a 3-2 ballgame.
The DiamondDawgs added two more runs in the top of the eighth inning on an error by Amsterdam and a sacrifice fly by Eric Strano. Nick Petrella was the answer on the mound for Mohawk Valley. Petrella threw a complete game, allowing the two earned runs, and striking out three as he picked up his third win of the season. John McCarren took the loss for Amsterdam, his first of the season.
Adirondack 13 Utica 11
In a very high scoring affair between Route 12 rivals, Adirondack came out on top, beating Utica 13-11. The Trail Blazers have now won back-to-back games for the first time this season and after stopping their losing streak at nine with a win on Thursday, the Brewers are now 3-16.
The big innings for Adirondack came in the second and the fourth when they scored five and four runs, respectively. Alex Voitik had an RBI single in the second and Mike Carter hit a three-run home run for the Trail Blazers. In the fourth, Carter added an RBI single and Justin Korenblatt hit a 2-RBI double to go along with a wild pitch, accounting for four runs in the inning.
RJ Devish had a 2-RBI single in the sixth inning and Alex Voitik also had an RBI single . Utica rallied back for five runs in the ninth inning, but the comeback wasn’t enough as Adirondack held on. The Brewers scored five runs on two hits and two errors in the inning.
Jesse Whitmeyer tossed a complete game and picked up the win for the Trail Blazers. Robert Hardy allowed nine runs (five earned) in four innings and took the loss for the Brewers.
Now let’s preview tonight’s games:
Amsterdam at Glens Falls 7:00 p.m.
A night after their ten-game winning streak was snapped by the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at home, the Amsterdam Mohawks will hit the road and look to get back in the win column at Glens Falls. The Golden Eagles beat the Albany Dutchmen on Friday, 10-4, and are now 8-11 on the season. First pitch at East Field is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Mohawk Valley at Watertown 7:00 p.m.
Mohawk Valley, holding the best record in the PGCBL, will travel to Watertown to take on the Rams on Saturday. The DiamondDawgs have won 13 of 16 games and won last night at Amsterdam. Watertown split a double-header at home against Elmira a night ago. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Albany at Elmira 7:05 p.m.
With a split of a double-header on Friday, the Elmira Pioneers are now tied fir first place in the West Division with the Newark Pilots. Meanwhile, Albany sits in third place in the East with a 10-8 record. The two teams face off at Dunn Field on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Newark at Adirondack 7:15 p.m.
For the first time this season, the Adirondack Trail Blazers have won back-to-back games. A night after beating the Glens Falls Golden Eagles on the road, the Trail Blazers beat the Utica Brewers 12-11 at home. Newark had Friday off but still sits tied for first place in the West. First pitch in Boonville is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
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