Will Gorman of the Newark Pilots (PC: Paul Dewa/Newark Pilots)
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Today is the last day of the PGCBL regular season.
Batting Average: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) .387
OPS: Christian Santisteban (Elmira) 1.145
Home Runs: Handsome Monica (Amsterdam) 9
RBIs: Troy Scocca (Mohawk Valley) 40
Stolen Bases: Will LaRue (Elmira) 26
Wins: Zach Logue (Amsterdam) 7
ERA: Justin Lewis (Elmira) 1.37
Strikeouts: Kyano Cummings (Elmira) 74
Innings Pitched: Alex Yarem (Glens Falls) 55
Saves: Three tied at seven
Longest Winning Streak (Active): Amsterdam/Mohawk Valley, 6
Best record in last 10 games: Mohawk Valley, 9-1
Longest Losing Streak (Active): Adirondack, 8
Last Night’s Games:
Victor 10 Elmira 3: The Victor RailRiders used a seven-run third inning to defeat the Elmira Pioneers, 10-3, at Victor High School.
Mark Cardinalli drove in the first run of the game for Victor in the bottom of the first with an RBI double. Then in the third, three bases loaded walks, a wild pitch and a Tommy Wagner three-RBI double accounted for the seven runs. Elmira scored its first run of the game in the fourth on a wild pitch. Both teams hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
The final Victor run of the game scored in the sixth on a Matt Fallon solo home run. A Tristian Widra RBI single in the ninth brought home the final run for Elmira.
Eoin McAvinchey allowed two runs in six innings of work for Victor to get the win, while Justin Lewis gave up the first RailRider run to take the loss. Despite giving up the run, he lowered his ERA to 1.37, which now leads the PGCBL.
Utica 8 Adirondack 0: Coupled with the Newark loss, the Utica Brewers clinched the final playoff spot in the West with an 8-0 win over the Adirondack Trail Blazers in Boonville. This will be the first time the Brewers appear in the postseason.
Utica starter Ryan Simpler was masterful—striking out 11, while giving up just two hits in a complete game shutout. Simpler walked just two batters.
Taylor Olmstead got the Brewers on the scoreboard first with an RBI single in the top of the first. In the second, Jared Baldinelli hit an RBI double and Ryan Cox hit an RBI triple to make it a 3-0 game. Baldinelli hit a two-run home run in the fourth and in the eighth, the Brewers scored three runs on an Aaron Smith RBI double, an RBI groundout and an error to finish the scoring.
Adirondack starter Tommy Eng gave up five runs (three earned) in four innings to take the loss for the Trail Blazers.
Amsterdam 5 Albany 2: The Amsterdam Mohawks scored five runs in the first three innings to beat the Albany Dutchmen, 5-2, at Bob Bellizzi Field.
Brendan Tracy got the scoring started in the first with a two-RBI double to right field. In the second, a fielder’s choice and an RBI groundout scored runs and in the third, Macy Holdsworth hit an RBI single.
Albany’s two runs came in the fifth on a Grayson Lewis two-RBI single.
Evy Ruibal tossed four scoreless, prearranged innings to get the win for the Mohawks and Kyle Smith notched the save. Albany starter Mike Reitcheck took the loss.
Saugerties 8 Glens Falls 7: The Saugerties Stallions rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Glens Falls Dragons, 8-7, in Saugerties.
Glens Falls got on the board early, scoring a run in the first on a fielder’s choice, a run in the second on a Mark Powell RBI single, three runs in the fourth on a Jake Vieth three-run home run and two runs in the fifth on a Harrison Bragg two-run home run.
Saugerties began its comeback in the sixth as Chris Reynolds hit an RBI single, a wild pitch scored a run and an RBI groundout scored the final run of the inning. In the seventh, Jesse Uttendorfer hit an RBI single, a sacrifice fly and a passed ball brought the Stallions within one run. A Uttendorfer two-RBI double in the bottom of the eighth completed the comeback and gave Saugerties the lead.
Brandon Rivera tossed four scoreless innings for Saugerties to get the win while Matt Stojkov took the loss for Glens Falls.
Mohawk Valley 6 Newark 4: The Newark Pilots were eliminated from postseason contention following a 6-4 loss to the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at Colburn Park. This will be the first year in PGCBL history the Pilots will not be in the postseason.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Newark’s Will Gorman hit an RBI triple, Kyle Bartelman hit an RBI triple and a sacrifice fly made it a 3-0 game. A Thomas Walraven RBI single for Mohawk Valley in the sixth got a run back for the DiamondDawgs.
Then in the top of the seventh, Mohawk Valley rallied for five runs to take the lead for good. The runs came on a Jonathan Lindau RBI single, an Anthony Herrera RBI single, a fielder’s choice and another Walraven RBI single. Kyle Norman hit an RBI single in the home half of the inning to get a run back for the Pilots, but Herrera hit another RBI single in the eighth to get the run right back.
Lucas Godlewski tossed 6.2 innings for Mohawk Valley and got the win and Zachary Vennaro notched the save for the DiamondDawgs. Newark starter Patrick Ryan gave up the first five Mohawk Valley runs (four earned) to take the loss.
Adirondack at Mohawk Valley 6:35 p.m.: In a game that will not affect the playoff picture, the Adirondack Trail Blazers and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will face off in Little Falls as Andrew Turner will attempt to play all nine positions in nine innings for the DiamondDawgs.
Saugerties at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.: The Amsterdam Mohawks will look for their 40th win of the season on the last night of the regular season as they take on the Saugerties Stallions at Shuttleworth Park.
Albany at Glens Falls 7 p.m.: It all comes down to one game. The Albany Dutchmen and Glens Falls Dragons will square off at East Field on Thursday with the winner clinching the third and final playoff spot in the East Division. Glens Falls leads the season series, 8-4. The winner will take on the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs on Friday.
Utica at Elmira 7:05 p.m.: The Utica Brewers, who clinched the final spot in the West on Wednesday, will travel to Elmira to take on the Pioneers in a final game before the two teams head into the postseason.
Victor at Newark 7:05 p.m.: A night after the Newark Pilots were eliminated from postseason contention, marking the first time in PGCBL history they didn’t make the playoffs, they will take on the Victor RailRiders at home.
For information about the 2015 PGCBL Postseason, go here.
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