Dutchmen win 16-inning thriller over Golden Eagles to clinch playoff spot

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Glens Falls, N.Y. – The Albany Dutchmen (26-22) clinched the sixth and final spot in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League playoffs with a 6-5, 16-inning victory over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles on Wednesday night in the second game of a doubleheader at East Field. The Golden Eagles (26-22) opened the non-traditional doubleheader with a 9-4 victory over the Dutchmen in the completion of a suspended game from July 7. Glens Falls' win the opener made the second game of the doubleheader a winner-take-all game for the final playoff spot in the PGCBL East.

Both Albany and Glens Falls finished the 2013 regular season with identical 26-22 records to tie for third place in the PGCBL East. However, the Dutchmen earned a playoff spot by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreaker. Albany won the season series, 6-4.

Wednesday night's second game marked the second time this season the Dutchmen and Golden Eagles played 16 innings, and both teams had numerous opportunities throughout the game to take the lead or end the game altogether. From inning-ending double plays to runners being thrown out at home plate, the fans at East Field certainly got their money's worth on the final night of the regular season.

Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) was the hero tonight for the Dutchmen. Not only did he deliver an RBI single in the top of the 16th that plated Tyler Orris (Millersville) with the eventual winning run, but he also tied the game, 5-5, in the eight inning with a base hit.

The first Dutchmen runs of the game came way back in the third inning. A Bradley Noland (Univ of North Alabama) RBI single and two-RBI double off the bat of Matt Dacey (Richmond) gave the Dutchmen an early 3-0 lead.

Glens Falls responded in the bottom of the 3rd as Bryan Ramirez (Texas Pan American) drove in two runs with a single.

The Dutchmen added a run in the top of the 5th, but the Golden Eagles put three runs on the board in the home half of the 5th to take a 5-4 lead. Ramirez tallied another RBI with a sacrifice fly, Buddy Putnam (South Florida) hit an RBI triple, and Braxton Martinez (Saint Louis) gave Glens Falls the lead with a RBI single.

However, Suseck's clutch hits in the 8th and 16th innings led to a 6-5 Dutchmen victory and a spot in the postseason.

Pitcher Jimmy Davitt (Bryant) was the much deserved winner of Wednesday's night cap. The starter came out of the bullpen in the 11th inning and did not surrender a run in six innings of work. He finished the regular season with a 2-1 record on the mound.

Chris Suseck finished 2-for-6 with two RBI. Six Dutchmen recorded multiple-hit games. Zach Remillard (Coastal Carolina) paced Albany with three total hits in six at-bats. Brad Noland and Tyler Orris each recorded two hits and scored two runs. Matt Dacey went 2-for-6 with two RBI, two walks and one run scored.

The Dutchmen used six pitchers in the game. Starter Sean Spicer (Baylor) allowed five runs on seven hits over six innings. Relievers Charles Parslow (Hudson Valley C.C.), Chad Moss (Davidson), Thomas Belcher (Indiana), Bryan Carr (Saint Rose) and Jimmy Davitt did not allow a run over the final 10 innings. Davitt scattered seven hits, walked four and struck out six.

Braxton Martinez (Saint Louis) was the star of the game for Glens Falls and in the process he set a PGCBL single-game record. Ramirez went 7-for-7 with one RBI and one walk in eight plate appearances.Ramirez became the first player in PGCBL history to record seven hits in a single game. Bryan Ramirez drove in three runs for the Golden Eagles. James Smith (Saint Peter's) and Jesse Jenner (Grossmont) each walked twice and scored two runs, Smith had three hits.

Glens Falls used six different pitchers. Starter Rick Morales (Siena) allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits over three innings. He walked four and struck out one. Jared Moore (Kansas State) and Andy Cheray (Missouri State) each allowed one unearned run in five combined innings of relief in replacement of Rick Morales. Matt Eckelman (Saint Louis) blanked Albany in the ninth, 10th and 11th. Cory Folk (Buffalo) followed Eckelman with four scoreless innings and four strikeouts. Fernando Fernandez-Beltran (Vanier) took the loss. He allowed one run on one hit in the 16th.

Sportsmanship was on full display as players from both teams shook hands after the game and congratulated each other on a great season and a memorable night.

The Dutchmen are on the road in Round 1 of the PGCBL playoffs on Thursday, August 1st against the #2 seed Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. First pitch is 7:05PM. With it being a one-game playoff, the winner advances to the division finals, while the loser goes home. If the Dutchmen win Thursday night, they are guaranteed a home playoff game at Bellizzi Field on Saturday, August 3rd at 7:05PM in the second round of the playoffs.

The #1 seed Amsterdam Mohawks will host Game 1 of the second round on Friday, August 2nd. Game 2 will be at either Albany or Mohawk Valley on Saturday, August 3rd. Game 3, if necessary, is Sunday, August 4th back in Amsterdam. The second round winners from the East and West then will play in the PGCBL Championship Series next week.

Game 1 of tonight's double header was the continuation of a suspended game from July 7th, with Glens Falls leading 4-0 at the end of the 4th inning. The Golden Eagles went on to win 9-4.

Albany tied the game 4-4 in the top of the 6th, but the Golden Eagles broke the game open in the bottom of the inning with five runs. Justin McAllister (Yavapai) and Bryan Ramirez (Texas Pan American) had back-to-back RBI singles in the inning.

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