PGCBL Playoff Rundown - August 4, 2013

Albany's Luke Nethaway (Saint Rose) after belting a three-run home run against Amsterdam on Saturday night. Photo courtesy Corey Mansfield.

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Last Night’s Scores

Elmira 7 Watertown 3 (Game 2), Elmira wins the series, 2-0
Albany 9 Amsterdam 8 (10) (Game 2), Series tied, 1-1

Tonight’s Games
Albany at Amsterdam (Game 3), 7:05 PM

Tomorrow’s Games
No games scheduled


*Elmira, in its first PGCBL playoff appearance, became the first team to punch a ticket to the PGCBL Championship Series with a 7-3 home win over Watertown on Saturday night. The Pioneers have not lost a game so far in the playoffs. Elmira will host Game 2 of the PGCBL Championship Series on Wednesday, August 7.

*For the third year in a row, there will be a Game 3 in the division finals/opening round. In 2011, Newark and Cooperstown went to three games in the West Division finals; the Pilots defeated the Hawkeyes at Doubleday Field and then knocked off Amsterdam in the PGCBL Championship Series. Last year, Amsterdam and Mohawk Valley played a decisive Game 3. Amsterdam won the game behind a 13-strikeout complete game from Mark Leiter, Jr. The Mohawks went on to sweep rival Glens Falls in the PGCBL Championship Series.

*All time, there have been three Game 3’s in the PGCBL playoffs. The home team is 1-2. Amsterdam’s win over Mohawk Valley last year was the first by a home team in a PGCBL Game 3. Newark won both Game 3’s in the 2011 playoffs away from home.

*Tonight’s probable pitching match-up features PGCBL regular season ERA champion Dylan Collett (Keene State) of Albany and Trey Wingenter (Auburn) of Amsterdam. During the regular season, Collett went 3-1 with two saves and a 1.71 earned run average. He made 15 total appearances with six starts. The rising sophomore from the Little East struck out 47 and walked 14 in 52.2 innings pitched. Wingenter paced the Mohawks and finished among the league leaders with 55 strikeouts. He accrued a 2-4 record and a 3.04 earned run average over 10 starts. The rising sophomore from the SEC also led the Mohawks during the regular season in innings pitched (47.1).

*Under Keith Griffin, Amsterdam is 1-1 in PGCBL Game 3’s all-time. The Mohawks lost Game 3 of the 2011 PGCBL Championship Series to Newark at Shuttleworth Park. Amsterdam defeated Mohawk Valley in a Game 3 in the Rug City last year.

*Following Saturday night’s game, the season series between the Mohawks and the Dutchmen is tied at five wins apiece. Six of the 10 games have been decided by one run or less. Three games have gone into extra innings; all three of those have been won by the home team. Four games have been decided by a walk-off hit. Four different players have had walk-off hits in the series – Albany’s Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina), Chris Suseck (Coastal Carolina) and Nate Rupiper (Memphis) and Amsterdam’s Dylan Smith (Auburn).

*Albany is now 15-7 in one-run games and 5-3 in extra-innings.

*Amsterdam is 8-9 in one-run games and 3-2 in extra-innings.

*Heading into extra innings on Saturday night, Amsterdam and Albany had the exact same number of runs, eight, and hits, 11.

*Saturday night’s Amsterdam-Albany game featured two ties and four lead changes. All four lead changes took place in the first 4.5 innings. The first tie came in the bottom of the fifth when Albany drew level with Amsterdam at 7-7. The Dutchmen battled back from an 8-7 deficit in the bottom of the eighth to force an 8-8 stalemate.

*Anthony Marks (Coastal Carolina) has driven in four of Albany’s 11 runs in the East Division finals. Marks is batting .400 (4-for-10) in the series. He has posted a 2-for-5 line with two RBI in each of the first two games against Amsterdam. Marks recorded his first walk-off hit of the season on Saturday night.

*The two top offensive performers on Saturday night were Amsterdam’s Dylan Smith (Auburn) and Albany’s Luke Nethaway (Saint Rose). Smith clubbed a two-run home run in the first inning and finished 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. He singled, doubled and homered for the Mohawks batting out of the clean-up spot. Nethaway, the younger brother of former Mohawk Josh Nethaway (Amsterdam 2011-2012), smashed a three-run home run in the second inning. He went 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored as Albany’s eighth-place hitter.

*Luke Nethaway (Saint Rose) appeared in 19 regular season games for the Dutchmen and recorded 47 at-bats. The second-year PGCBL player batted .213 with one home run and five RBI. Nethaway has started all three Albany playoff games. Heading into tonight’s Game 3, he is batting .556 (5-for-9) with one home run, four RBI, four runs scored, three walks and two sacrifice hits. He leads the Dutchmen in playoff batting average and is tied for the team lead in hits.

*Justin Brock (Franklin Pierce) was a late-addition to the Dutchmen roster just prior to the playoff-signing deadline. Brock has been an Albany sparkplug in the playoffs. He has scored six of Albany’s 17 runs in the playoffs and holds a .308 batting average. Saturday night, Brock scored three times.

*Albany’s Thomas Belcher (Indiana) was the only pitcher in the Albany-Amsterdam game on Saturday night to pitch multiple innings and not allow a run. Belcher pitched the eighth, ninth and 10th innings on Saturday night.  He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out four. Belcher’s biggest jam came in the top of the 10th when he allowed a pair of two-out singles. An inning-ending force out on a fielders’ choice doused Amsterdam’s rally and set Albany up to win in the bottom of the 10th.

*Nine players had multiple hits on Saturday night. Amsterdam’s Dylan Smith (Auburn) led all nine players with three hits. Five Dutchmen posted two-hit games as did four Mohawks. Altogether, both teams combined for 26 hits.

*Albany set a franchise record on Saturday night at Bob Bellizzi Field with a jam-packed crowd of 902. The total nearly doubled Albany’s previous franchise record for single-game attendance.

*Elmira is 3-0 in the PGCBL playoffs this summer. One of the main reasons why has been pitching. Elmira pitchers have recorded a 2.53 earned run average in three games. The Pios have allowed eight runs in three games – all three runs came in the Watertown series.

*All-time at the summer collegiate level, the Pioneers are 6-2 at Dunn Field in the playoffs.

*Through 27 playoff innings, Elmira has trailed just once at the end of just one full frame. The Rams led the Pioneers, 3-1, after four innings in Game 1 on Friday night. Elmira scored four times in the fifth to go ahead. Watertown had a brief 1-0 lead on Saturday night after 1.5 innings but Elmira took control of the game with a five-run bottom of the second and never looked back. 

*Watertown led the league in walks during the regular season. The Pioneers yielded five walks in 14 innings on Friday night but then allowed just two on Saturday.

*Colby Gee (Ithaca) racked up two game-winning hits in the West Division finals against Watertown. Gee had the go-ahead RBI single in the 14th inning on Friday night. Saturday, he swatted a two-run double in the second inning that sparked a five-run frame and Elmira never trailed after that. Gee’s two-RBI hit erased a 1-0 Watertown lead. He had three hits and three RBI in the Watertown series.

*Three Elmira playoff starters – Victor Diaz (Old Dominion), Spencer Henderson (UC Davis) and Jasper Adams (Ithaca) have allowed just two earned runs.

*Elmira’s Jasper Adams (Ithaca) and Anthony Ciango (Northern Illinois) combined to thwart a pair of Watertown comeback rallies. Three one-out hits in a row loaded the bases for the Rams in the sixth. A hit batsman brought home Watertown’s second run. Adams did not let another run scored. He forced Collin Theroux (Nevada) to fly out to left and then retired the hot-hitting Riley Smith (Occidental) on a ground out to second to end the inning. The Rams pulled within two in the seventh on a Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M – Corpus Christi) RBI single that left runners on first and second with two outs. Ciango, like Adams, pitched out of trouble; he forced three-hitter Trevor Marino (VCU) to fly out to center to end the inning.

*Elmira manager Matt Burch now has a 9-2 mark all-time in summer collegiate playoff games.

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