The Daily Rundown: July 24, 2014


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Last night’s games:

Mohawk Valley at Glens Falls (DH)

The suspended and canceled July 23 games between Mohawk Valley and Glens Falls will be not be rescheduled because the teams do not face each other again in the 2014 PGCBL regular season.           

Newark 1 Watertown 0 Game One

The Newark Pilots extended their lead in the West Division with a 1-0 win over the Watertown Rams in game one of a doubleheader at Colburn Park.

The lone run of the game came around to score in the bottom of the third. A pair of Watertown errors allowed Dorian Hairston to score after Hairston singled to lead off the inning.

BJ Nobles picked up his third win of the season, throwing 6.1 scoreless innings. Nobles struck out three batters. Travis Laitar notched his fifth save of the season by getting the final two outs of the game. The shutout was just the second shutout of the season for Newark, the other coming on July 5 against Mohawk Valley.

Newark 3 Watertown 1 Game Two

The Newark Pilots swept the doubleheader against the Watertown Rams on Wednesday, winning game two by a score of 3-1. Newark now leads the West Division by 2.5 games and has clinched a spot in the playoffs. Watertown fell to third place in the West.

Newark got on the scoreboard first in the bottom of the second inning as Tim Lewis scored on a Drew Hercik error. The Pilots added two insurance runs in the eighth, runs that wound up being important. Tim Lewis hit a 2-RBI single that scored Tommy Wagner and Austin Clock.

Watertown scored its lone run of the doubleheader in the top of the seventh inning. WIlli Martin hit a two-out double and was driven in on a Joe Deluca RBI single. Braxton Wilks then finished his complete game by getting Ben Wylly to line out to end the game.

Wilks allowed just the one run on four hits in his seven inning complete game. Wilks struck out eight Rams and did not walk a batter. Watertown starter Javi Villanueva was solid in the loss. The right-hander allowed just one run (unearned) on two hits in 4.2 innings.

Utica 4 Amsterdam 2

The Amsterdam Mohawks rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Utica Brewers, 5-4, in Amsterdam. The Mohawks now lead the East by seven games and are 30-9 on the season. Utica falls to 7-31.

Amsterdam struck first, scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the first as John Razzino hit an RBI single up the middle that scored JaVon Shelby. Utica tied the game at one in the top of the sixth on a Hayden Kelly RBI infield single.  The Mohawks retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth on a Jack Czeszewski RBI double that scored Brendan Tracy.

Crachard Laing gave Utica the lead with a two-out, two-strike, two-RBI single to center field that scored Zachary Torriente and Mike Wright. Adam Pexton added an insurance run later in the inning with an RBI single to right center that scored Zacarias Hardy. The Mohawks were not to be out-done. With two outs in the inning, Marcus Carson walked and later came around to score on a wild pitch to make it a one run game. With the bases loaded, Blake Logan hit a 2-RBI single through the right side that scored Josh Gardiner and Jake Salpietro and gave Amsterdam a walk-off win.

Despite blowing the save in the top half of the ninth, Zach Breen picked up the win for Amsterdam. Chad Moss allowed the three runs (all unearned) in the bottom of the ninth to take the loss. Both starters were solid in their no-decisions. Utica starter John McGinty tossed eight innings and allowed two runs (both earned) while striking out eight. Amsterdam starter Zack Brown also struck out eight batters, his in six innings, while allowing just a lone run.

Elmira 6 Adirondack 5

The Elmira Pioneers walked-off en route to a 6-5 win over the Adirondack Trail Blazers and now have sole possession of second place in the West Division. Adirondack is now 15-24 on the season. 

Elmira struck first, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Nick Walker drove in the first run with an RBI double and Derek Deler and Taylor Hillson hit RBI singles later in the inning. Adirondack pulled within one in the top of the fifth on an RJ Devish RBI single and an Elmira error.

The Trail Blazers took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning on a Justin Korenblatt RBI single and another Elmira error. The visitors extended their lead to 5-3 in the seventh on a Mike Carter RBI single. That set up Elmira’s rally in the ninth. With one out, Taylor Hillson hit an RBI single that scored Taylor Skerpon. Down by a run with two outs, Jason Patnick sent the Elmira faithful home happy with a 2-RBI single that scored Hillson and TJ Dixon.

Matt Horton tossed a scoreless ninth inning en route to his second win of the season for Elmira. Woody Bryson took his second loss of the season as the left-hander allowed the three Pioneer runs in the ninth.

Tonight’s games:

Mohawk Valley at Watertown DH: 5:00 p.m.

The Watertown Rams and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs will face off in Watertown for the second time this season. The two teams will play a doubleheader, each looking to inch closer to securing a playoff berth. Mohawk Valley was rained out in Glens Falls last night, while Watertown was swept in a doubleheader against Newark. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Glens Falls at Albany 7:05 p.m.

The Glens Falls Golden Eagles will look to climb in to the final playoff spot in the East Division as they face the team they’re trailing, the Albany Dutchmen, in Albany. Glens Falls was rained out a night ago, while Albany had the night off. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Amsterdam at Elmira 7:05 p.m.

The Amsterdam Mohawks, with a magic number of three to clinch the division, will face the Elmira Pioneers in Elmira with a chance to clinch the division themselves. The Mohawks beat Utica, 5-4, last night while Elmira beat Adirondack, 6-5. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Utica at Adirondack 7:15 p.m.

The Utica Brewers will look to be a thorn in their Route 12 rival’s sides as the Adirondack Trail Blazers are looking to sneak in to the playoffs. Both teams lost last night, Utica at Amsterdam and Adirondack at Elmira. First pitch in Boonville is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

Note: The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, Elmira Pioneers and Watertown Rams all have magic numbers of two in order to clinch a playoff spot.

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