PGCBL Daily Rundown - July 21, 2013

The Glens Falls Golden Eagles wore pink jersey's on Saturday night in support of breast cancer. The jersey's were auctioned off after the game to benefit two local cancer patients. Photo courtesy Glens Falls Golden Eagles.

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Last Night’s Scores

Amsterdam 7 Albany 4 (Game 1)
Amsterdam 7 Albany 0 (Game 2)
Adirondack 5 Elmira 4
Watertown 6 Cooperstown 4
Mohawk Valley 4 Newark 3
Glens Falls 6 Utica 2

Tonight’s Games
Amsterdam at Adirondack, 3:00 PM
Cooperstown at Elmira, 5:00 PM (Resumed game from July 3)
Newark at Watertown, 5:00 PM
Mohawk Valley at Utica, 5:00 PM (Resumed game from July 7)
Glens Falls at Albany, 5:05 PM
Cooperstown at Elmira, 5:30 PM
Mohawk Valley at Utica, 7:00 PM

*Including today, there are 11 days left in the 2013 PGCBL regular season. Today is the seventh overall Sunday of the regular season and the second-to-last.

*If the playoffs started today – Glens Falls and Watertown would have opening-round byes as the first-place finisher in each division. The opening round of the divisional playoffs would pit second-place Mohawk Valley against third-place Amsterdam in the East and second-place Elmira against third-place Adirondack in the West. The 2013 PGCBL playoffs are scheduled to begin on August 2.

*Number of games played – games remaining for each team…Adirondack (39-9), Albany (37-11), Amsterdam (38-10), Cooperstown (34-10), Elmira (35-12), Glens Falls (37-11), Mohawk Valley (34-11), Newark (38-10), Utica (32-12), Watertown (38-10).

*Over the last 10 days, Albany has played in parts of six doubleheaders, both traditional and non-traditional, and has completed 14 games.

*Amsterdam’s Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.) pitched for the Albany Dutchmen last summer. He pitched multiple games against the nationally-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks and beat the Mohawks twice. Snyder bested the Mohawks in his final start of the 2012 season at Bob Bellizzi Field. Snyder made his return to “The Bob” with the Mohawks earlier this season and spun a three-hitter over five innings against the Dutchmen in a no decision. Saturday night, Snyder topped the Albany hill for a second time against his former team and fired a three-hit shutout over six innings in a 7-0 win. Snyder scattered three singles, walked two and struck out eight. Snyder improved to 4-0 this summer with the victory. He has won six games in two PGCBL seasons.

*Josh Gardiner (Radford) helped power the Mohawks to a doubleheader sweep of the Dutchmen. Gardiner batted .667 (4-for-6) in the twin bill with four runs scored, two RBI, two doubles and a triple. The infielder from RU doubled, tripled and scored twice in the opener. Gardiner’s two-out triple in the seventh broke a 4-4 tie and spurred the Mohawks on to a three-run rally. The Amsterdam second baseman added an RBI double in the night cap and scored two more runs.

*All 25 runs in the Albany-Amsterdam doubleheader were scored between the fourth and seventh innings. In the opener, Amsterdam’s Matt Ternowchek (Notre Dame) and Albany’s Sean Spicer (Baylor) engaged in a scoreless duel through three innings and then the offenses came to life in the fourth. Amsterdam scored at least once in the final four innings while Albany plated three runs in the fourth and one in the sixth. In the night cap, Amsterdam erupted for four runs in the sixth inning and three in the seventh. The beginning of the game featured a scoreless joust between Amsterdam's Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.) and Albany's Jose Hernandez (Dean).

*Amsterdam broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning of the opening game against Albany with three two-out extra-base hits in a row that accounted for three runs. Josh Gardiner (Radford) launched a two-out triple to start the rally that scored John Nogowski (Florida State) from first. Dylan Smith (Auburn) followed with an RBI double and then scored on a John Sansone (Florida State) RBI double to end off the rally.

*Amsterdam is now 5-1 in traditional seven-inning doubleheader games. The Mohawks have recorded sweeps of Newark and Albany and split a twin bill with rival Glens Falls.

*The nationally-ranked Glens Falls Golden Eagles used a quartet of doubles to down the Utica Brewers at East Field. Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) and Garrett DeGallier (Tacoma C.C.) dinged back-to-back doubles in the first inning to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. The next inning, Kyle Holder (Grossmont) erased a 2-1 Utica lead with a two-run double. Garrett DeGallier mashed the fourth Golden Eagle double in the eighth, a two-out, two-run swat that extended the Eagles’ lead to 6-2.

*Saturday night’s line-up for the Glens Falls Golden Eagles featured three new faces – shortstop Kyle Holder (Grossmont), catcher Jesse Jenner (Grossmont) and first baseman Javoni Thomas (Walters State C.C.).  Holder batted lead-off for the Eagles and went 1-for-3 with two RBI, two walks and one run scored. He was flawless in four defensive chances. Jenner caught the entire game and went 1-for-4 with one run scored. Thomas started at first base and logged one hit in four at-bats. Both Holder and Jenner are bound for the University of San Diego in the fall while Thomas will be attending Florence-Darlington Technical College in North Carolina.

*Garrett DeGallier (Tacoma C.C.) made his debut in the number-three slot in the batting order for the Green and Gold on Saturday night. The speedy DeGallier had been batting in the lead-off spot. DeGallier doubled twice and finished 2-for-5 with three RBI.

*Former New York State Class AA Player of the Year Matt Portland (Northwestern) logged six strong innings for the Golden Eagles on Saturday night. Portland, the cousin of Major Leaguer Phil Hughes, allowed two runs on five hits and struck out a season-high seven in his second win. He retired the side in order three times and seated the final seven men he faced. Portland conceded two runs in the second but did not allow another runner past second base during the remainder of his appearance.

*Adirondack’s Riley Moonan (Fairleigh Dickinson) nearly became the second player in PGCBL history to hit for the cycle on Saturday night. Moonan doubled, tripled and homered in Adirondack’s 5-4 win over Elmira at the Smith Sports Complex in Boonville. The Syracuse, N.Y., native smashed the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning over the right-center field fence for his fourth home run of the season. Moonan smacked a lead-off double in the sixth and came around to score later in the inning. In the eighth, he lifted a deep fly ball into the outfield that turned into a lead-off triple. He scored the game-tying run on an Alex Mata (Saint Leo) ground out. Moonan finished the game 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

*The most exciting finish of the night came in Boonville where the Trail Blazers outlasted the Pioneers in a thriller. Elmira scored twice in the top of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead only to watch the lead evaporate in the home half of the inning as Adirondack struck for two scores. Connor Garelick (Pepperdine) drove in the go-ahead run for the Trail Blazers with a two-out RBI single. Elmira wasn’t done however – the Pioneers loaded the bases in the ninth against Adirondack closer Chris Rheaume (Ave Maria). With the potential tying run 90-feet away, Rheaume doused the flames of the rally with a game-ending strikeout.

*Lost in the wild finish in Boonville were two terrific starts from Elmira’s Victor Diaz (Old Dominion) and Adirondack’s Chas Parsons (Mohawk Valley C.C.). Diaz yielded a lead-off home run in the first but buckled down after that to pitch five strong innings. Diaz allowed one run on three hits, walked none and struck out six. He retired 15 of the 18 men he faced and sat down 11 men in a row between the second and fifth innings. Adirondack’s Parsons allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out three. The Mansfield-bound hurler pitched out a jam in the seventh inning that may have swung the game differently. Parsons managed to wiggle out of a no-out situation with runners on second and third. He stranded both men in scoring position with a pop out, a strikeout and a line out. Riley Moonan’s (FDU) diving catch in center field ended the inning.

*A wild sixth inning in Little Falls on Saturday provided to be pivotal in Mohawk Valley’s 4-3 win over Newark. The inning featured five runs on four hits. Back-to-back singles to start the sixth by Newark's Sam Fox (Pomona-Pitzer) and Max Rosing (Cortland State) and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with no outs. Tyler Bray (ULM) relieved starter Keegan Long (Saint Joseph’s, Pa.) for the Dawgs however Newark was able to push two runs across a fielders’ choice and a sacrifice fly. Mohawk Valley roared back in the bottom half of the inning. Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) clubbed a lead-off home run. A base hit, an error and sacrifice bunt set up the Dawgs with runners on second and third and one out. A fielding error allowed the tying run to score from third and then Willie Shaw (W&M) laid down a successful squeeze bunt that plated Sam Dexter (Southern Maine) from third with the go-ahead run. Both teams must have punched themselves out in the inning. Just one hit was recorded in the final three frames.

Did you know? One fact about a random PGCBL player each day…
*Mohawk Valley’s Jordan Serena (Columbia) spent last summer in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League with the Torrington Titans. Serena tied for first in the league and set an FCBL record with 27 stolen bases.

Quick hits on tonight’s games…
*Sunday’s action starts early with an afternoon delight in Boonville as the Adirondack Trail Blazers host the Amsterdam Mohawks. Adirondack strengthened its hold on third place in the PGCBL West last night with a thrilling 5-4 victory over Elmira while Amsterdam moved into a tie for second place in the PGCBL East with a doubleheader sweep of Albany at Bob Bellizzi Field. The Boonville Blazers are 2-0 in their last two completed games and are 4-1 in their last five games at the hitter-friendly Smith Sports Complex; that includes a 3-2 victory over Amsterdam on July 12. Adirondack recorded its 18th double-digit hit game on Saturday night; the Trail Blazers are now 13-5 when posting at least 10 hits. Amsterdam is 17-7 since a 5-9 start. Since a 3-2 defeat to Adirondack on July 12, the Mohawks have gone 6-1 with a lone loss to Watertown. The season series is tied at two wins apiece. Each team has one win at home and one on the road.

*The latest PGCBL East clash for playoff positioning between top four teams in the division takes place at Bob Bellizzi Field this evening when the Albany Dutchmen entertain the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The Green and Gold have won three games in a row to open up a 1.5-game lead on co-second-place sides Mohawk Valley and Amsterdam. Albany fell from second to fourth on Saturday night after being swept by Amsterdam. All told, the just two games in the standings separate the Dutchmen and the Golden Eagles. Albany leads the hotly-contested season series with Glens Falls, 4-3. Six-straight games in the series have been decided by one run. Three of the seven games have ended with a walk-off hit. Albany’s Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) and Tyler Orris (Millersville) and Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) of Glens Falls have all ended a game in the series with a walk-off single. Since a doubleheader sweep of Glens Falls on July 12, the Dutchmen have gone 4-5. Conversely, the Golden Eagles are 4-2 in that same stretch.

*The Route 5S rivalry between Mohawk Valley and Utica concludes tonight at Utica’s Donovan Stadium with a non-traditional doubleheader between the DiamondDawgs and the Brewers. The first game will be the conclusion of a contest started on July 7 that was suspended in the bottom of the third with Mohawk Valley leading, 3-0. A regular nine-inning game will follow. The red-hot DiamondDawgs have now won seven of their last eight games with a lone setback to rival Amsterdam in 10 innings on July 16. Mohawk Valley enters the night tied for second in the PGCBL East with rival Amsterdam, each team is a half-game ahead of fourth-place Albany. With an 11-5 road record, the DiamondDawgs are one of the best road teams in the league; Mohawk Valley has won three-straight away from the Vet. Mohawk Valley leads the season series with Utica, 3-1. The Dawgs downed the Brewers, 6-2, on Friday night at Donovan Stadium in the opening game of a doubleheader, the second game was rained out.

*PGCBL West rivals Watertown and Newark get together tonight at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds for an early evening showdown. The division-leading Rams are just one win away from clinching at least a .500 record for the first time since 2006 and several wins and/or Newark losses away from wrapping up a playoff spot for the first time since 2008.Watertown, with five wins in a row, is in the midst of its second-longest winning streak of the season The Rams have put together winning streaks of seven, four and now five games. The visitors from Wayne County are fighting for their playoff lives. Newark’s 4-3 setback on Saturday night combined with Adirondack’s win over Elmira pushed the Pilots 1.5 games back of the Trail Blazers for the third and final playoff spot in the division. Newark is winless in its last four games and has not won since sweeping Adirondack in a doubleheader at home last Sunday evening. The Rams have won four straight in the season series and have an overall 5-1 lead on the Pilots. The two teams haven’t played since a 4-3 Watertown come-from-behind victory on July 10 at Colburn Park.

*The second of two non-traditional doubleheaders takes place at Dunn Field this evening when Elmira hosts Cooperstown. The first game of the double dip will be the completion of a July 3 game that was initially started at Cooperstown’s Doubelday Field. The game was suspended because of darkness after nine innings with the score tied, 6-6. Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg) homered twice in the game for the Pioneers and drove in five of the six Elmira runs. Play will be resumed with Cooperstown as the home team. The script will be flipped from earlier this week when Elmira was the home team for several innings at East Field in Glens Falls while completing a suspended game with the Golden Eagles. The season series between the two teams is tied at three wins apiece. Dan Shwam’s Hawkeyes won the first two games of the series  but the recent trend has been in favor of Matt Burch’s Pioneers who have won two in a row and three of the last four.

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