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Last night’s games:
Watertown 1 Adirondack 0
The Watertown Rams took over sole possession of first place in the West Division with a 1-0 win over the Adirondack Trail Blazers on Friday night. The Rams are now 21-14 on the year, while Adirondack is 14-23.
The Rams scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Robbie Alessandrine walked with one out, stole second base, and came around to score on a Nick Moore RBI single. Moore lined a one-hopper off of Adirondack third baseman RJ Devish and the ball went between the pitcher’s mound and second base. By the time Trail Blazer second baseman Alex Lushkevich was able to recover the ball and throw home, Alessandrine had crossed safely.
Mitch Sewald was dominant for the home team. Sewald tossed eight scoreless innings in picking up the win. The right-hander had a no-hitter through 5.1 innings and finished with eight strikeouts while allowing only two hits. Rams closer Jon Escobar notched his league-leading eighth save of the season by striking out the side in the ninth inning.
Jabin Weaver went three innings and allowed the lone run on two hits while striking out five in taking the loss. Adirondack relievers Tsuyoshi Horibata and Woody Bryson threw five innings of scoreless relief, while allowing only two hits.
Elmira 10 Newark 3
The Elmira Pioneers picked up a 10-3 win in Newark on Friday, bumping the Pilots out of their share of first place in the West Division. The Pioneers are now 19-16 on the season and Newark is 20-15.
Elmira scored five runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to account for their ten runs. In the seventh, TJ Dixon hit an RBI single, Taylor Hillson hit an RBI groundout, an error allowed two runs to score, and Jason Patnick hit an RBI double. In the eighth, Dixon hit a two-run home run and Home Run Derby Champion Zac Bellinger hit a three-run home run.
Newark got three back in the bottom of the eighth on a bases loaded walk and a Tanner Giesel 2-RBI double, but it wasn’t enough as Elmira held on to win, 10-3.
Bryson Hough, whose last appearance came as the All-Star Game starter for the West, went seven innings and did not allow a run. Hough struck out five batters and allowed just three hits. Newark’s BJ Nobles allowed four runs (three earned) in 6.1 innings of work in taking the loss.
Albany 3 Glens Falls 2 Game One
The Albany Dutchmen scored two late runs to steal a game from the Glens Falls Golden Eagles in game one of a doubleheader.
Trailing 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Dutchmen scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead, what wound up being the final score. Nick Jewett brought in the first run with an RBI single to right center field and Ernie Clement drove home the second with an RBI single up the middle. Kyle Zurak earned his fifth save of the season with a scoreless seventh.
After Albany had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on an error, Glens Falls scored two in the top of the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Mark Powell scored as JQ Folena stole second base for the first run and Folena scored on an error.
Justin Curry went six innings and allowed two runs (one earned) with five strikeouts in picking up his second win of the season. Tyler Ehlers allowed one run in one inning of work for Glens Falls as he took the loss.
Glens Falls 4 Albany 3 Game Two
After Albany scored two late runs to beat Glens Falls in game one, the Golden Eagles returned the favor and won 4-3.
Albany struck first, scoring a lone run in the bottom of the first inning on a Nick Jewett RBI groundout. Glens Falls tied the game in the third on a Danny Oliveri RBI single. The Golden Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the fourth as Ryan Hooper scored on a wild pitch.
In the bottom of the fifth, Ernie Clement tied the game at two with an RBI double down the left field line. Two batters later, Adam Lee gave Albany the lead with an RBI single down the right field line. That wouldn’t be enough as Glens Falls scored two runs in the top of the seventh. The first of the two runs came on a Danny Oliveri RBI double and the second came on a Mark Powell sacrifice fly.
Nick McNeil tossed 0.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win for Glens Falls. Tyler Ehlers notched his fourth save of the season with a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Kyle Zurak allowed two runs (one earned) in one inning, taking the loss for Albany.
Mohawk Valley 6 Utica 2 Game One
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs scored six runs in the middle innings to go on and defeat the Utica Brewers, 6-2, in game one of a doubleheader.
Four of the six runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Eric Strano hit a 2-RBI double, Andy Lalonde hit an RBI single, and Trey Stover hit a sacrifice fly to center field. Utica cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs courtesy of two hits and three errors. Niovel Ruiz-Diaz scored on an error and Adam Pexton scored on an error after a Joe Daru double.
The insurance runs for the DiamondDawgs came in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Jayson Sullivan RBI single and a Strano RBI groundout. Ed Lewicki tossed a complete game for the home team. Lewicki struck out four batters and walked just two in his start of seven innings and two runs allowed (unearned). John McCginty allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings of work as he took the loss for Utica.
Mohawk Valley 3 Utica 2 Game Two
Sticking with the theme of the night, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs scored a late run to go on and win by a run, defeating Utica, 3-2, in game two of a doubleheader to sweep the twin bill. The DiamondDawgs picked up a game on Amsterdam and are now just five games out in the East.
Utica struck first in the top of the first on a Hayden Kelly RBI single, scoring Joe Daru. Jayson Sullivan gave the home team a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a 2-RBI double, scoring Zach Collett and Colin Hawk.
Jabari Gayle tied the game at two in the top of the sixth with a solo home run. The game would not be tied for long, as Mohawk Valley scored in the home half of the inning to take the lead for good. Back-to-back singles to start the inning by Zach Collett and Gus Craig put runners at first and third with nobody out. After two groundouts, it was runners on second and third with two away. With Andy Lalonde batting, Zach Collett scored on a wild pitch to give Mohawk Valley the lead.
Michael DeCarlo allowed two runs in six innings of work, striking out seven and allowing four hits, to pick up the win. Matt Pidich tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning to notch his third save of the season. Micahel Sinnott allowed the run in the sixth to take the loss.
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