Filed by the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs...
LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. - The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs welcomed Cooperstown Hawkeyes to Veteran’s Memorial Park for its Perfect Game Collegiate League (PGCBL) contest on Friday night. The Hawkeyes limped into Vet’s Park riding a seven game losing streak while the DiamondDawgs were looking to snap its two game slide. The DiamondDawgs bat came alive as they scored eight runs on 15 hits and snapped its two game losing skid with an 8-1 victory.
Mohawk Valley starter Keegan Long (Saint Joseph’s Indiana) started off the first inning by facing three batters and sending each back empty handed as he struck out two. Long improved to 4-0 on the season and had 8 strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.
The DiamondDawgs scored quick and early in the first inning with Jordan Serena (Columbia) singling and Willie Shaw (William & Mary) picking up a walk and then a pass ball advanced the runners. A single by Dalton Herrington (ULM) scored two and a Casey Rodrigue (Indiana) bunt single scored the third run of the game, 3-0.
In the top of the third Long worked out of a jam as Stefan Jordan (North Carolina A&T) reached on a single and Emilio Alonso (Black Hawk) walked but both runners were stranded on the bases.
The DiamondDawgs struck again in the bottom of the third when Herrington and Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) and Rodrigue singled scoring Herrington and giving Mohawk Valley a 4-0 advantage.
The Hawkeyes got on the board in the top of the fourth when Austin March (UC Davis) singled and stole a base and Ryan Donovan (Hofstra) reached on an overthrow to first base and the Dawg lead was cut to 4-1.
The DiamondDawgs responded with two more in the fifth when Thibodeaux singled and stole a base and Rodrigue doubled to make it 5-1 and then a single by Joey Tracy (UAlbany) gave the home team a 6-1 advantage.
Cooperstown was able to load the bases in the top of the sixth but Tyler Bray (ULM) was able to work out of the inning unscathed.
The Dawgs added two more runs in bottom of the seventh as Jordan Friend (Alabama A&M) singled and stole a base and Rodrigue singled and Joey Tracy (UAlbany) doubled to take a 7-1 lead and a David Peretti (Union) single gave the DiamondDawgs their final run and a 8-1 win.
For the DiamondDawgs Casey Rodrigue (Indiana) was 4-for-5 with 3 RBI and 2 stolen bases, Dalton Herrington (ULM) was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, Landon Thibodeaux (LSU Eunice) was 2-for-4, Joey Tracy (UAlbany) was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and David Peretti (Union) was 2-or-4 with an RBI. Cooperstown’s Stefan Jordan (North Carolina A&T) was 2-for-3 and Jack Stover (Saint Joseph’s PA) got the loss dropping to 2-2 and recording 4 strikeouts in 5 innings of work.
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs are back at Vet’s Park on Sunday for a 5:05 PM doubleheader against the Albany Dutchman.