The Daily Rundown: June 23, 2014

Eric Strano of Mohawk Valley bats against the Albany Dutchmen on Sunday. (Photo Courtesy/Corey Mansfield)

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Let’s recap last night’s action:

Watertown 10 Newark 8

The Watertown Rams went above .500 on Sunday, defeating the Newark Pilots, 10-8 at Colburn Park behind catcher Matt Diorio’s cycle.

The Rams got out to an early 4-0 in the first, as Chris Gaetano singled home a run, Diorio hit a two-run home run, and Dominic Lopez hit his first home run of the season to put the Rams on top 4-0. Newark bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the third on two Watertown errors and a groundout.

Watertown added three runs in the top of the fifth to extend its lead to 7-3. Joe Ogren and Willi Martin brought home runs with RBI singles and Dominic Lopez scored another with a double. Diorio’s 2-RBI double in the sixth to complete the cycle gave Watertown a 9-3 lead and the visitors added a run in the seventh on a wild pitch to make it 10-3. Newark scored five runs in the bottom of the inning to make it a two-run game. Logan Boyher tripled home two runs, Tanner Giesel singled home another and two wild pitches scored the fourth and fifth runs of the inning.

Zander Clouse tossed 6.2 innings to pick up the win for Watertown and Jon Escobar hurled a perfect ninth to notch his first save of the season. Andrew Sanders allowed five runs in 4.1 innings, as he took his third loss of the season.

For more on Diorio’s cycle, click here.

Albany 4 Mohawk Valley 2

The Albany Dutchmen snapped a five-game losing streak on Sunday, defeating the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, 4-2. The loss was the first for the DiamondDawgs in their past seven games.

Mohawk Valley took an early 1-0 lead in the third on a Colin Hawk sacrifice fly, but Albany tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on a Demetrius Webb RBI single. The Dutchmen scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a James Locklear 2-RBI single to take the lead for good. Locklear’s single brought home Adam Lee and Danny Hrbek who had singled and walked to lead off the inning.

After Mohawk Valley scored a run in the top of the eighth on a Justin Thomas sacrifice fly, Albany added an insurance run in the home half of the inning on a Nick Jewett RBI groundout. Kyle Zurak tossed a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his second save of the season for coach Nick Davey and get the Dutchmen back in the win column.

Spencer Hotaling went six innings, allowing one run (unearned) and allowed just three hits as he maintained his perfect record, moving to 3-0 on the season. Michael DeCarlo tossed seven innings for Mohawk Valley, allowing four runs (all earned) as he took the loss.

Glens Falls 8 Adirondack 4

The Glens Falls Golden Eagles struck for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to comeback and beat the Adirondack Trail Blazers, 8-4.

All five Golden Eagle runs came with two outs. Garrett Bernardo had a 2-RBI single to right centerfield, Brennan Price doubled home two runs, and Mark Powell tripled home the fifth run of the inning for Glens Falls. After taking the lead, Tyler Ehlers pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to seal the victory for the home team.

Both teams got going early in the game, with Adirondack scoring three in the first inning and Glens Falls scoring two in the home half. Mark Williams drove home a run with a single in the first and two Glens Falls errors scored the other two runs. The Golden Eagles bounced back thanks to a Mark Powell RBI single and a Brian Fay walk with the bases loaded. Each team added a lone run in the fourth before going scoreless until the home team scored the five runs in the eighth.

John Leiter hurled four innings of scoreless relief to pick up his first win of the season for Glens Falls. Franklin Miller allowed four runs (one earned) in 4.1 relief innings as he took the loss for Adirondack.

Amsterdam 6 Utica 2

Make it eight in a row for Amsterdam. The Mohawks picked up their eighth win in a row at Utica on Sunday night, defeating the Brewers, 6-2.

A three-run top of the eighth inning put the game out of reach. Jonathan Pryor doubled home two runs in the inning and Blake Logan scored Pryor with an RBI single. Utica scored a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning, but the lead was too much as Amsterdam rode strong pitching to victory.

Amsterdam struck first in the second inning on a Pryor RBI groundout and Blake Logan RBI single. Utica’s Marcelo Sanchez hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a one-run game. The Mohawks answered with a run in the top of the sixth on an error by the second baseman.

EJ Ashworth tossed seven innings of one-run ball to pick up his third win of the season. The right-hander struck out eight batters and walked just one. Despite a quality start, Chris Bonk took the loss for Utica. He allowed three runs in six innings of work.

Now let’s preview tonight’s action:

Newark at Watertown DH: 5:05 p.m.

A night after facing one another at Colburn Park, the Newark Pilots and Watertown Rams will play a double-header at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Watertown one a night ago, 10-8, due in large part to the hitting of Matt Diorio. Newark still sits atop the West Division with a 10-6 record, while Watertown is in third place at 8-7. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Utica at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.

It’s a night of rematches in the PGCBL. After playing in Utica last night, the Brewers and Amsterdam Mohawks will play at Shuttleworth Park tonight. Amsterdam is winners of eight straight, while Utica has lost seven in a row. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

Glens Falls at Mohawk Valley 7:05 p.m.

Three and a half games separate the first place Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and the last place Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles will look to continue their three-game winning streak and pick up some ground in the East as they travel to Little Falls. First pitch at Veterans Memorial Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Elmira at Adirondack 7:15 p.m.

This past week hasn’t been kind to the Adirondack Trail Blazers. They have lost five in a row but return back home to Boonville after a two-game road trip to take on the Elmira Pioneers. Elmira is coming off a sweep of a double-header against the Utica Brewers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

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