Ben Brookover (UTSA) homered for the fifth time this season, as Jamestown topped Geneva on Saturday (photo credit: Travis Larner).
Here is a look at the news and results from around the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on Saturday, July 29:
Adirondack (16-31) 8, Albany (30-16) 4 (Game 1)
The Trail Blazers won the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader by a score of 8-4, having scored six of their runs in the first half of the game to take a commanding lead. Up 2-1, Adirondack tallied four runs in the top of the fourth inning, with three of those runs coming home on Riley Schaefer’s (Texas Lutheran) three-run home run. Chris Villa (Seton Hall) roped a two-run base hit in the bottom of the sixth to trim the deficit to 6-4 for Albany, but the Trail Blazers padded their lead with two more runs of their own in the top of the seventh.
Albany 5, Adirondack 4 (Game 2)
The Dutchmen salvaged a split of their home doubleheader by walking off in the nightcap. Albany was up 4-0, before blowing their lead by surrendering four runs to the Blazers in the top of the sixth. Three of the four runs allowed in that inning were unearned, thanks to a trio of errors. In the bottom of the seventh, Griffen Herrera (Azusa Pacific) was hit by a pitch, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored the game-winning run on Nick Estralla’s (Azusa Pacific) walk-off single. Albany reliever Justin Bureau (Ave Maria) earned the win with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief and remains unblemished with a 0.00 ERA in 21.0 innings on the season.
Saugerties (20-27) 9, Oneonta (14-30) 5 (Game 1)
The Stallions took the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader on the road in Oneonta, N.Y. Aaron Fried (Quinnipiac) put the Outlaws up 2-0 in the second with a two-run dinger, but RBI doubles from Jesse Uttendorfer (NJIT) and Jack Gonzalez (Stetson) allowed Saugerties to tie the game in the following frame. Leading 5-4, the Stallions blew the game open with a four-spot in the sixth running, with two runs coming home on Tyler Kelder’s (St. Bonaventure) two-out single. Kelder finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while Uttendorfer was 2-for-3 with three RBIs to pace the Saugerties offense.
Oneonta 7, Saugerties 4 (Game 2)
The Outlaws raced out to a 7-0 lead in the first three innings of the second half of the twin bill and held off a late rally to secure the victory. Ben Dubas (Alvernia) legged out an RBI triple, as part of Oneonta’s three-runs second inning, before launching a two-run homer in the four-run third. The Stallions whittled the deficit down to three by tallying three runs in the top of the sixth, but Oneonta reliever Danny Hobbs (Siena) worked out of a bases-loaded jam by inducing a double play to cap of a scoreless seventh inning. Hobbs earned the save and Jake Hershman (Wofford) tossed 5.0 innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts for the win.
Mohawk Valley (28-16) 3, Glens Falls (16-32) 0
It has been a full calendar year – 365 days – since the Dragons have won a road contest, this after falling to 0-24 away from East Field following Saturday’s loss. Mohawk Valley starter Tyler Ksiazek (Monmouth) pitched a strong 6.0 innings, as he surrendered just four hits and walked one to go along with five strikeouts. Out of the bullpen, Jonathan Sell (Herkimer) struck out five of the nine batters he faced in his 3.0 innings to complete the shutout. The DiamondDawgs scored thrice on just five hits, including RBI doubles off the bats of Clay Koniencki (Monmouth) and Joe Engel (Columbia).
Onondaga (23-24) 12, Newark (19-30) 3
The playoff-bound Flames handed the Pilots another defeat, this time a 12-3 decision at Colburn Park. Onondaga scored runs in bunches, as it posted two in the first inning, three in the second, three more in the seventh, and capped off the contest with four runs in the ninth. Eight of the nine batters in the lineup registered at least one hit for the Flames. Sam Little (Ithaca) finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs, and both Alex Canty (Monroe C.C.) and Tyler Rourke (Alabama A&M) were 3-for-5 from the dish. On the mound, Zach Kemp (Wells) won his first game of the summer by tossing 6.2 innings and giving up just three runs with four strikeouts.
Jamestown (32-15) 6, Geneva (28-21) 3
The Jammers asserted their position as the No. 1 team in the West Division by doubling-up No. 2 Geneva at McDonough Park. Ben Brookover (UTSA) got things started with a two-run homer in the first inning, and Jamestown made it a 4-0 game with a two-run single from John Conti (Canisius) in the second. Justin Etts (NJIT) plated two for the Red Wings with a base hit in the fourth, reducing Jamestown’s advantage to 4-2, but Nolan Hunt (Canisius) allowed just one run in 5.2 innings out of the bullpen for the Jammers to earn the win. Brookover paced all batters by finished 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.
Utica (18-29) 8, Elmira (27-22) 3 (Completed game from 7/24)
The first game of Saturday’s non-traditional doubleheader at Dunn Field was the resumption of a suspended contest from July 24 in Utica. The bout started back up with the scored tied 3-3 in the sixth, and the Blue Sox quickly took a lead that the Pioneers would never threaten by plating five in the bottom of the seventh. Zane Harris (Wright State) uncorked a two-run double in the decisive frame for Utica, as part of his 2-for-4 performance with four RBIs. Brent Kessinger (North Park) was able to finish what he started on the mound and twirled a complete game en route to the win. He allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out seven.
Elmira 10, Utica 9 (Regularly-schedule game)
The Blue Sox overcame an early 3-0 hole by scoring a combined seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings. However, the Pios outdid Utica by plating six runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to take a 9-7 lead. Then in the seventh, Brayden Combs (Kentucky) scored the eventual game-winning run, after leading off with a walk and trotting home on Brett Rodriguez’s (Wofford) two-out RBI single. Utica rallied with two runs in the top of the eighth, one scoring on an Jimmy Mendyk (LIU Post) RBI base hit and the other on a wild pitch, but Conor Grammes (Xavier) tossed a scoreless ninth to save the contest.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Adirondack at Jamestown – 3:05 p.m.
Albany at Onondaga – 5:00 p.m.
Mohawk Valley at Utica – 6:30 p.m.
Glens Falls at Saugerties – 7:05 p.m.
Amsterdam at Newark – 7:05 p.m.