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WATERTOWN- Watertown (23-15) used a five-run third inning to defeat visiting Cooperstown (13-21) by a score of 6-4. Watertown starting pitcher Anthony Magovney (Buffalo) picked up his third win of the season for the Rams. Colton Kibler (Garden City CC) took the loss (1-1) for the Hawkeyes.
Watertown scored five times in the third inning to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Nik Alfonso (South Florida) reached on an error to lead off the inning. Bobby Indeglia (Holy Cross) then walked and was followed by Joe Moroney (Kansas) who reached base on a fielding error by Cooperstown catcher Stefan Jordan (NC A&T) but was still credited with a sacrifice. Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) added to his team lead in RBIs with a sacrifice fly scoring Alfonso. With still no outs, Brad Rush (St. John Fisher) drove home Indeglia with a single. Bryce Greager (Chandler-Gilbert) then followed suit with the same result, an RBI single to give Watertown a 3-0 lead. With two outs, Riley Smith (Occidental) plated two with a double into the left-centerfield gap.
Cooperstown got two runs back in the fifth to make the score 5-2. Brendan O’Reilly (New Haven) and Bryce Anglin (Wofford) led off the inning with singles. Rocky DeSantis (Garden City CC) drove a double into the gap to plate O’Reilly. A groundout by Ben Hall (Central Alabama CC) scored Stefan Jordan. Watertown got one run back in the sixth to take a 6-2. Joe Moroney delivered a sacrifice fly to plate Riley Smith with one away in the inning.
Cooperstown scored two in the eighth to pull the game within two. A ground out by Bryce Anglin scored Austin March (UC Davis) and Brendan O’Reilly scored on an error by Rams third baseman Riley Smith.
Rams starter Anthony Magovney (3-3) tossed five innings and allowed two earned runs in his third victory. Daniel Reitzler (San Diego) posted a scoreless ninth to record his first save of the season. Cooperstown starter Colton Kibler hurled seven innings and allowed six runs (three earned).
Bryce Greager and Brad Rush both finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Watertown. Joe Moroney and Bobby Indeglia both posted 1-for-3 lines for coach Paul Alteri.
Nate Lotze (Kenyon) finished 4-for-5 to pace the Hawkeyes. Brendan O’Reilly was the only other Cooperstown player to tally multiple hits, going 2-for-5.
Former Major League pitcher Tommy John was in attendance for ‘Strike Out Breast Cancer Night.’ Matt Hennie of St. John’s is the only Rams player to have had Tommy John surgery. The Rams wore special pink uniforms for the game with many players showcasing bright pink high socks.
Watertown is now 12-3 at home which ranks best in the PGCBL. The Rams offense has recorded at least four runs in 13 of its last 14 games.
Watertown plays host to the Newark Pilots tomorrow night with first pitch at 5:00 PM. Cooperstown travels to Elmira tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 5:05.