Golden Eagles blank Hawkeyes to keep playoff hopes alive

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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - The Glens Falls Golden Eagles kept their playoff chances alive on Tuesday night with a 3-0 shutout victory over the Cooperstown Hawkeyes at East Field. With the win, Glens Falls (25-21) moved into a third-place tie with the Albany Dutchmen (25-21) in the East Division standings. The Golden Eagles and the Dutchmen are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Wednesday night at East Field beginning at 5:05 p.m. The Golden Eagles need to sweep the Dutchmen to earn a spot in the league playoffs.

Four Golden Eagles combined on a three-hit shutout. Starter Armand Rugel (Stonehill) allowed one hit in five scoreless innings. He walked one, struck out four and retired 15 of the 19 batters he faced. Jared Moore (Kansas State) followed with two shutout frames. Zach Merciez (Missouri State) twirled a scoreless eighth and Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) set down three of four Cooperstown batters in the ninth to pocket his fourth save.

Cooperstown's Cody Smith (Black Hawk) conceded just three hits to the Golden Eagles and struck out three. However, Smith allowed one run in the second inning on a two-out RBI single to Kyle Holder (Grossmont) which proved to be the difference in the game.

The Golden Eagles added single tallies in the seventh and eighth against the Cooperstown bullpen. Javoni Thomas (Walters State) plated Buddy Putnam (South Florida) with an unearned score in the seventh on an RBI ground out. Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) added the Eagles' edge in the eighth with a two-out RBI double. 

Cooperstown's Cameron Day (Norfolk State) and Stefan Jordan (NC A&T) each reached base twice. Day went 1-for-3 with a walk while Jordan drew two free passes.

Glens Falls was led by Braxton Martinez (St. Louis) who went 2 for 4 with a double.Raphael Gladu (College Lafleche) and James Smith (Saint Peter's) each walked twice, Smith scored one run.

The Golden Eagles play their regular season home finale on Wednesday night against the Albany Dutchmen. Prior to the regularly-scheduled game, the Golden Eagles and Dutchmen will complete the final five innings of a game that was suspended on July 7 with Glens Falls ahead, 4-0. The Cooperstown Hawkeyes conclude their regular season at home on Wednesday evening against the nationally-ranked Amsterdam Mohawks at 5:00 p.m.

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