LITTLE FALLS, NY—For Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs pitcher Joe DeSarro (Frankfort, NY/Herkimer CC), it was a special night. His grandfather had come to Veteran’s Memorial Park in Little Falls, and he was getting the start.
DeSarro made sure it was a night his grandfather would not forget, as the Frankfort native pitched a complete game, only giving up two runs on five hits in Mohawk Valley’s 3-2 victory over the Oneonta Outlaws.
For the first five innings, however, it was a pitcher’s duel between Oneonta’s Josh Covey (Waldorf, MD/Florence-Darlington Technical College) and Mohawk Valley’s DeSarro. The two would only allow four hits between them through the first half of the game, Covey giving up three to DeSarro’s one.
However, Taylor Maxey (Chattanooga, TN/Chattanooga CC) and Kyle Ruedisili (Jupiter, FL/Washington and Lee University) would break the scoreless tie in the top of the sixth. Maxey would double first, and then Ruedisili would bring him home with his own double.
The Diamond Dawgs would load the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Mac Crispino (Avon, CT/Fairfield University) would put Mohawk Valley on the board with and RBI single that would score fellow Stag Michael Conti (Glastonbury, CT/Fairfield University). Andrew Turner (King of Prussia, PA/Long Island University-Brooklyn) would give the Diamond Dawgs the lead on a sacrifice fly to center field that would score Michael Ketchmark (Dallas, TX/Dartmouth College).
Mohawk Valley would extend their lead to two in the bottom of the eighth, as reliever Tyler Fowler (Cartersville, GA/Tennessee Wesleyan College) would throw a pitch that would get away from catcher Nick Pope (Villa Hills, KY/Eastern Kentucky University). In the ensuing confusion, Kevin Radziewicz (Cromwell, CT/Fairfield University) would trot home with what would turn out to be the game-winning run.
Reed Massey (Marietta, GA/Wofford College) would make sure the Outlaws would not go away quietly, however, as he would blast a home run to deep left field in the top of the ninth would bring Oneonta within one.
That would be all DeSarro would need, however, as he would force the last two Outlaws to pop up to end the game.
DeSarro pitched a complete game to earn the win for the Diamond Dawgs (8-8). Fowler was given the loss in relief for the Outlaws (11-5).
This game was Mohawk Valley’s twelfth one-run game in 16 games this season. However, they have won their last three such games.
The Diamond Dawgs will end their two-night homestand at Veteran’s Memorial Park with a doubleheader on Thursday against the Glens Falls Dragons. The Outlaws will continue their road trip with a stop at Diethrick Park in Jamestown to face off with the Jamestown Jammers.