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WATERTOWN, N.Y. - The Watertown Rams and the Albany Dutchmen traded shutouts in a Tuesday night doubleheader at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. The West Division champion Rams blanked the Dutchmen, 4-0, in the opening game behind 6.1 shutout innings from Kevin Klaess (Cypress). Jose Hernandez (Dean) pitched a complete game shutout in the night cap and led Albany to a 4-0 victory.
Watertown (28-18) used exemplary pitching to propel past playoff pursuing Albany (24-21) by a score of 4-0 in game one of the doubleheader. Kevin Klaess (Cypress) picked up the win for the Rams. Dylan Collett (Keene State) took the loss for the visitors.
Watertown jumped on the board in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Riley Smith (Occidental) was hit by a pitch with one out in the inning and advanced to third on a Trevor Marino (VCU) single to left field. Smith scored on an error by Albany left fielder Bradley Noland (North Alabama) as Trevor Marino advanced to third on the play and J.J. Wagner (Pacific) advanced to second. Albany starter Dylan Collett avoided further damage with a groundout and a flyout. The Rams extended their lead to 2-0 in the home half of the second inning. Bryce Greager (Chandler-Gilbert) singled and came around to score on a single to left field by Ram shortstop Riley Smith.
Watertown scored two more runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead. J.J. Wagner was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Colin Theroux (Nevada) then hit a ground ball to Dutchmen third baseman Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) Remillard threw the ball away down the first base line and Wagner came around to score. Theroux advanced to third on the error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brad Rush (St. John Fisher).
Watertown starter Kevin Klaess (Cypress) hurled six and a third scoreless innings in picking up the win (5-1). Klaess struck out three while giving up four hits. Matt Hennie (St. John’s) relieved Klaess with one out in the seventh inning and retired two batters to secure the win. Albany starter Dylan Collett (3-1) tossed five innings allowing four runs (one earned) while taking the loss.
Riley Smith finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored to pace the Rams. Nik Alfonso (South Florida), Bryce Greager, and Cameron Allen (St. John Fisher) all posted 1-for-3 lines. No Rams players tallied multiple hits.
Bradley Noland reached base safely for Albany in all three of his plate appearances. He went 1-for-1 with two walks.
WATERTOWN- Zach Remillard’s (Coastal Carolina) three-run home run in the top of the first proved to be the difference as visiting Albany (25-21) defeated host Watertown (28-19) by a score of 4-0 in game two of the doubleheader. Jose Hernandez (Dean) picked up the win for the Dutchmen. Daniel Reitzler (San Diego) took the loss for the Rams.
Albany jumped on the board in the first to take a 3-0 lead. Lead-off batter Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) singled to begin the inning. Matthew Dacey (Michigan) drew a two-out walk to put runners on first and second for Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina). Remillard then crushed a Daniel Reitzler 2-1 offering over the left-field fence to give the Dutchmen an early 3-0 lead. Albany extended its lead to 4-0 in the top of the sixth. Rams reliever Tanner Rahauser (Millersville) walked Anthony Marks with the bases loaded to force home Teddy Cillis (Blair Academy).
Watertown threatened to come back in the home half of the seventh but could not break Albany's Jose Hernandez. Nik Alfonso (South Florida) singled to begin the inning and was then pinch run for by Bryce Greager (Chandler-Gilbert). Erick Kozak (RPI) followed with a double to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Cameron Allen (St. John Fisher) and Jacob Boylan (Kansas) both popped out and Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) struck out to end the game and conclude Hernandez’s shutout.
Albany starter Jose Hernandez (3-1) tossed a seven-inning complete game shutout to keep Albany’s playoff hopes alive. Hernandez struck out seven while only allowing five hits. Watertown starter Daniel Reitzler hurled four innings allowing three runs (all earned) in the loss (1-2). Reitzler struck out two while giving up four hits.
J.J. Wagner (Pacific) finished 2-for-2 with a walk to pace the Rams. Nik Alfonso and Erick Kozak both contributed 1-for-2 nights for coach Paul Alteri.
Zach Remillard finished a single short of the cycle in a home run, a double and a triple in four at-bats.
With the win in the first game of the doubleheader, the Rams tied a franchise single-season record for wins. The last time a Watertown franchise won 28 games was in 2005. The Rams head into their regular season finale with a 15-7 home record, first in the PGCBL.
Watertown has clinched first place in the West division of the PGCBL. The Rams will play host to the winner of Elmira/Newark on Friday night at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Elmira and Newark will play a single game on Thursday to determine who advances to the West division championship series.
With the win in game two and a Glens Falls win over Cooperstown tonight, Albany and Glens Falls are now tied for third place in the PGCBL West division.
Both teams conclude the regular season tomorrow night. Watertown plays host to the Utica Brewers with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM. Albany travels to Glens Falls for a non-traditional doubleheader in a pivotal regular season finale. First pitch of the first game is scheduled for 5:05 PM.