The Daily Rundown: July 8, 2014

The Albany Dutchmen hosted the Amsterdam Mohawks for a scheduled double-header last night. Amsterdam won game one, 8-0, and game two was suspended due to rain.

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Last night’s games:

Amsterdam 8 Albany 0 Game One

In game one of a scheduled double-header in Albany, the Amsterdam Mohawks shutout the Albany Dutchmen, 8-0, to move to 19-7 on the season. Albany drops below .500 at 12-13.

The Mohawks got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, as Josh Gardiner and JaVon Shelby each had RBI doubles. The visitors extended their lead to 7-0 in the third inning on an error, a sacrifice fly by Blake Logan, a Thomas Kain RBI single and a Jonathan Pryor RBI triple. Pryor’s second RBI of the game came in the fifth inning, a groundout, which concluded the scoring.

Amsterdam starter Ryan Clark went three innings, only allowing one hit. Following a weather delay, Thomas Hackimer entered the game and tossed two no-hit innings, picking up his third win of the season. Albany starter Drew Tolson allowed seven runs (four earned) in four innings, taking the loss for the home team.

Amsterdam at Albany Game Two

In the second game of the double-header, Amsterdam and Albany were tied at two in the top of the fifth inning when rain suspended the game. The contest will resume on Friday, prior to the regularly scheduled Albany-Amsterdam game.

Newark 13 Elmira 5

The Newark Pilots defeated the Elmira Pioneers, 13-5, on Monday, ending a four-game win streak for the Pioneers. The win moves Newark to 15-13 on the season. Elmira goes to 16-12 and falls out of a first place tie with the Watertown Rams.

Elmira took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on a Christian Santisteban RBI single, a Taylor Hillson RBI single, and a throwing error. Santisteban leads the PGCBL with 26 runs batted in. Newark got two runs back in the home half of the inning on a Jack Gerstenmaier RBI double and a Tanner Giesel RBI single. A Zach Wall RBI single and an Austin Clock sacrifice fly gave Newark a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third inning.

Both teams scored lone runs in the fifth inning, Elmira’s on a Zach Bellinger home run, Newark’s on a Clock RBI double. The Pilots broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh. Giesel led off the inning with a home run, Clock scored on a wild pitch, Dorian Hairston drove in a run with an RBI single. The fourth run of the inning scored on an error, Braxton Wilkes brought in the fifth with an RBI single, an RBI fielder’s choice scored a run and Giesel drove in his second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly. Final line: 7 runs, 6 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Jayson Yano allowed five runs (two earned) in 5.1 innings, picking up his fourth win of the season. Elmira reliever Brandon Diorio allowed three runs (all earned) in three innings for the Pioneers in taking the loss.

Watertown 8 Adirondack 6

The Watertown Rams took over first place in the West Division with an 8-6 win over the Adirondack Trail Blazers in Boonville. The Rams are now 17-11 on the season, while the Trail Blazers drop to 11-17.

Watertown got out to an early 3-0 in the top of the first inning. Santino Alteri hit the first pitch of the game down the right field line for a double and came around to score on a Matt Diorio sacrifice fly. Willi Martin hit a two-run home run later in the inning to make it 3-0. Adirondack pulled within one in the bottom of the second on an Alex Simone RBI double and an Anthony Rohan RBI single. The home team tied the game in the third on a Simone RBI single to center field.

Willi Martin hit his second home run of the game to lead off the top of the fourth inning, giving Watertown a 4-3 lead. Martin’s multi-home run is the first multi-home run game in the PGCBL this season. The Rams extended their lead to 7-3 on in the fifth on a Chris Gaetano RBI single and a Joe Ogren two-run home run. The final run of the game for the Rams came in the eighth as James Bonds scored from first on a failed pickoff attempt from Adirondack. The Trail Blazers comeback in the ninth came up two runs short. Mike Carter hit a 2-RBI single and he scored on a throwing error to make it 8-6. But Rams pitcher Jon Escobar struck out Alex Lushkevich looking to end the game.

Watertown starter Corbin Powers allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings of work, picking up his third win of the season. John Chalupa took the loss for Adirondack, going 4.2 innings and allowing seven runs (all earned).

Utica at Mohawk Valley

The Mohawk Valley/Utica game scheduled for last night will be made up on July 18 in Little Falls as part of a double-header. Both games will be seven innings and first pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Tonight’s games:

Glens Falls at Utica DH: 5:00 p.m.

The Glens Falls Golden Eagles will travel to Utica to take on the Brewers in a battle of last-place teams in the PGCBL. Glens Falls currently holds a 10-15 record, while Utica sits at 3-23. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Mohawk Valley at Elmira DH: 5:05 p.m.

In a battle of second place teams, the West Division’s Elmira Pioneers will host the East Division’s Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. Elmira fell out of a tie for first place last night with a loss against Newark. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Albany at Amsterdam 6:35 p.m.

Last night the Albany Dutchmen hosted the Amsterdam Mohawks at Bob Bellizzi Field for a double-header. Amsterdam won game one, 8-0, and game two was suspended in the fifth inning due to rain. The two teams meet again tonight, this time in Amsterdam. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

Watertown at Newark 7:05 p.m.

UPDATE: The Watertown/Newark game scheduled for tonight has been postponed. More details to follow.

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