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Let’s recap last night’s action:
Amsterdam 6 Glens Falls 0
The Amsterdam Mohawks combined for a two-hit shutout against Glens Falls, defeating the Golden Eagles, 6-0. The win was Amsterdam’s eleventh in twelve games, their ten-game winning streak snapped on Friday. Glens Falls dropped to 8-12 on the year.
The Mohawks jumped out on the board early, scoring two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Marcus Carson scored on a passed ball and Jonathan Pryor brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. Amsterdam added two more runs in the top of the second inning on a Carson RBI single and a John Razzino RBI bunt single.
It was all zeros until Amsterdam added two more runs in the top of the eighth. John Razzino had another RBI single and Thomas Kain walked with the bases loaded to plate another. The story of the game was the pitching for the Mohawks, allowing just three base runners in the shutout.
Ryan Clark started the game and allowed two hits over six scoreless innings, as he picked up his first win of the season for Amsterdam. Relievers Thomas Hackimer and Daniel Castro didn’t allow a single base runner.
Watertown 8 Mohawk Valley 5
The Watertown Rams scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to go on and defeat the Mohawk ValleyDiamondDawgs, 8-5. Watertown moved to 12-9 with the win and Mohawk Valley still sits in first place with a 14-6 record.
In the eighth, Robbie Alessandrine hit a sacrifice fly to score the first run of the inning and make it a 5-4 game. The rest of the damage was all done with two outs. Chris Gaetano walked with the bases loaded to tie the game at five and Matt Diorio delivered the game-winning hit, a 2-RBI single down the left field line. Gaetano came in to score on a wild pitch later in the inning to make it 8-5 Rams.
Mohawk Valley scored a run in the top of the first on a Gus Craig RBI single to get the scoring started. The DiamondDawgs added three in the fourth inning on a Tyler Lau RBI triple and Greg Fazio and Alex Lalonde RBI singles. Watertown cut the lead in half in the fifth inning on a Gaetano RBI triple to center field and a Diorio RBI ground out. Both teams scored lone runs in the sixth, Mohawk Valley’s on a wild pitch and Watertown’s on an Alessandrine RBI single.
Watertown starter Zander Clouse went 6.2 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) while striking out five in his no decision. Jake Sale struck out two in a scoreless eighth to pick up the win and Jon Escobar struck out the side in the ninth to seal the victory. Mohawk Valley starter Ed Lewicki went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) in his no decision.
Elmira 9 Albany 0
The Elmira Pioneers used a seven run fourth inning to go on and defeat the Albany Dutchmen, 9-0. With the win, Elmira is now in first place in the West Division, a half-game ahead of the Watertown Rams. Albany’s loss puts them at 10-9 and in third place in the East Division. Before the big inning in the fourth, Christian Santisteban scored on a wild pitch in the second inning to give Elmira a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, Zac Bellinger had an RBI single, Taylor Hillson singled home two runs, Drew Fisher had a 2-RBI single, and Jason Patnick hit a two-run home run in his first game with the Pioneers. The final line of the inning read 7 runs on 6 hits, 1 error and 3 LOB.
The Pioneers concluded the scoring in the sixth, as Zac Belinger had another RBI single. Bryson Hough tossed six shutout innings and picked up his second win of the season for Elmira. Zach Bican and Tucker Rekucki finished the game in relief, allowing just two base runners. Elmira allowed just five hits to the Dutchmen, Hough allowing four of them.
Adirondack 5 Newark 2
The Adirondack Trail Blazers won their third consecutive game on Saturday after winning just three of their first sixteen contests. The loss drops Newark out of first place and a full game behind the Elmira Pioneers in the West Division.
Adirondack jumped on the board early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. An RBI fielder’s choice, a Mark Williams RBI single, and a Bryan Toland 2-RBI double accounted for the four runs in the inning. It was all zeros until Newark scored two runs in the top of the sixth on a Zach Wall two-run home run.
Bryan Toland answered in the home half of the inning as Adirondack took a 5-2 lead, what wound up being the final score. Luke Lorah allowed two runs in six innings of work to get the win, his first of the season. Spencer Thomas took the loss for the Pilots.
Now let’s preview tonight’s games:
Utica at Mohawk Valley 5:05 p.m.
The team with the best record in the PGCBL will play host to the league’s worst record on Sunday evening. Despite coming off an 8-5 loss to Watertown, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs still hold the league’s best record at 14-6. Utica, holders of a 3-16 mark, was off on Saturday. First pitch at Veterans Memorial Park is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Adirondack at Albany DH: 5:05 p.m.
The Adirondack Trail Blazers have won three consecutive games and look to extend their winning streak in Albany, as they play the Dutchmen in a double-header at Bob Bellizzi Field. Albany is coming off a 9-0 loss to Elmira while Adirondack beat Newark, 5-2, a night ago. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Watertown at Elmira 5:05 p.m.
The top two teams in the West Division will face one another for the fifth time this season in Elmira. Watertown and Elmira played a double-header in Watertown on Friday, which they split, and the season series is tied at two. Both teams are coming off wins against Mohawk Valley and Albany, respectively. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Newark at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.
After their ten-game winning streak was snapped on Friday against Mohawk Valley, the Amsterdam Mohawks rebounded and tossed a two-hit shutout against Glens Falls, winning 6-0. They will face the Newark Pilots, who are coming off a 5-2 loss at Adirondack, at Shuttleworth Park with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
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