It has only happened 16 times in the major leagues and it happened on Saturday night in Amsterdam, NY. Erick Gaylord (Campbell) hit four homeruns and was 5-5 with seven RBI as he led the Wizards to a 9-8 win over the Mohawks in front of 2,011 spectators at Shuttleworth Park.
Kris Barone (Mt. Olive) allowed three homeruns – two from Garylord – and left after tossing just 42 pitches over two innings of work, he allowed four hits, four runs, a walk, and a hit batter.
Gaylord poked his first homerun over the rightfield fence in the top of the first to put the Wizards in front 2-0.
Kaleb Barlow (Chipola) hit a solo blast in the second, two batters later Gaylord went deep over the leftfield fence for his second four-bagger in as many innings to stretch the lead to 4-0.
Amsterdam picked up three unearned runs in the third without the benefit of a hit. Wizards starter Scott Whitehead (Canisius) hit two batters, walked one, and was victimized by two errors – one of which he committed – to help draw the Mohawks to within 4-3.
In the fourth, Taylor Stark (Mississippi State) plated Parker Morin (Utah) with a single to tie the game at four.
Josh Netheway (Albany) gave the home team their first lead with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. In the sixth, Andrew Green (East Tennessee State) knocked in his eighth run of the season with a single to push the Mohawks in front 6-4.
But Saturday was Erick Gaylord’s night, the righty slashed his third round-tripper of the game over the tall leftfield wall off of Mike Dodakian (Dartmouth) in the seventh, a two run dinger that tied the game at six.
Kody O’Connor (LeMoyne) found the right-centerfield fence for a one-out triple in the eighth, and scored on Alex Maldanado’s (Holy Cross) single two batters later. However, When Gaylord stepped back into the right handed batter’s box with a man on second and two out, there was a buzz at Shuttleworth Park, more than 2,000 viewers wondered if he would go deep again. He did. Gaylord smashed a Derrick Brewer (Radford) changeup deep into the night over the leftfield wall for his fourth long-ball of the evening.
The loss snaps Amsterdam’s (21-13) five game win streak and brings Watertown’s (12-19) four game losing skid to a halt. Both teams recorded 13 hits and committed three errors. The Mohawks left 11 men aboard and Watertown stranded eight.
Brewer (3-1) is pinned with his first loss and Tim Sylvester (St. John Fisher) improves to 1-3. The Mohawks are off tomorrow leading up to the All-Star game in Elmira on Monday. Watertown will travel to Cooperstown for a 1:00 game on Sunday.
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