The Daily Rundown: July 27, 2014

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Last night’s games:

Amsterdam 10 Adirondack 6

The Amsterdam Mohawks hit two grand slams en route to a 10-6 extra inning win over the Adirondack Trail Blazers. Amsterdam had previously clinched the top spot in the East and is now 32-10. Adirondack was eliminated from the playoffs with the loss.

Mike Carter got Adirondack on the scoreboard in the first inning with a solo home run to right center. The Trail Blazers scored four more runs in the second to extend their lead to 5-0. Greg Wasikowski, RJ Devish, Alex Tuccio and Justin Korenblatt all hit RBI singles in the inning.

JaVon Shelby hit the Mohawks’ first of two grand slams on the night, his coming in the top of the fifth and it pulled the visitors within one. It was Shelby’s third home run of the season. The Mohawks tied the game at five in the eighth on a Brendan Tracy RBI infield single that scored Alex DeBellis. JaVon Shelby scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth on an error by Adirondack shortstop Greg Wasikowski.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and no one on base, it appeared Amsterdam was set for victory. But Alex Voitik hit a solo home run off Joe Randall to tie the game at six and send it to extras. It was Voitik’s second home run of the season. After a scoreless tenth, John Razzino hit Amsterdam’s second grand slam of the game to give the Mohawks a 10-6 lead, the final score. It was Razzino’s fourth long ball of the season.

Joe Randall picked up the win for Amsterdam, despite blowing the save in the ninth. He is now 4-1 on the season. Woody Bryson allowed the Razzino grand slam and took the loss.

Utica 6 Watertown 3

The Utica Brewers used a four run first inning en route to a 6-3 win over the Watertown Rams. Despite the loss, Watertown clinched a spot in the 2014 PGCBL Playoffs with Adirondack’s loss against Amsterdam. Utica is now 9-33 on the season.

Joe Daru tripled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and came around to score on a Crachard Laing RBI single, giving Utica an early 1-0 lead. Laing scored on a Zachary Torriente RBI single. Anthony Villia picked up his first of three hits on the night with an RBI single that scored Hayden Kelly. The final run of the inning scored on a Mike Wright RBI fielder’s choice.

The Brewers scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 6-0 game. Mike Wright scored on an error by Santino Alteri and Joe Daru scored on a passed ball. Watertown rallied for two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to account for its three runs. Alteri hit an RBI groundout that scored Brandon Mikulka for the first run in the eighth and Willi Martin doubled in Rob Nardelli for the second run. In the ninth, the Rams had the bases loaded and nobody out, but could only muster a single run, which came on a Nardelli RBI groundout.

Robert Hardy was solid for Utica. The right-hander allowed the three Watertown runs (all earned) in eight plus innings. Hardy struck out eight batters and walked only one. Chad Moss relieved Hardy in the ninth and recorded his second save of the season. Zander Clouse tossed seven innings for Watertown and allowed the six Utica runs (four earned). Both Clouse and Hardy are now 2-3 on the summer.

Elmira 3 Newark 1

The Elmira Pioneers clinched a playoff spot and picked up a game against Newark with a 3-1 win over the Pilots at Colburn Park. The Pioneers are now just a half game out of first place in the West. Newark is now 25-19 on the season.

All four runs in the game came in the sixth inning. Zac Bellinger singled in Kurt Sinnen and Chris Kalousidian scored on the play because of an error by Luis Silverio in center field. Bellinger came around to score on a Joey Guaragna two-out RBI double. Newark scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the inning on a Tanner Giesel RBI single that scored Logan Boyher.

Jeremy Soule pitched well for Elmira in picking up the win. Soule allowed the lone run in five plus innings to earn his first win of the season. Blake Oyler notched his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. Jayson Yano continues to impress for Newark. The Stevens product did take the loss for the Pilots, but threw a complete game and struck out six while allowing the three Pioneer runs (two earned). Yano is now 6-2 on the season.

Albany 4 Glens Falls 1

In the battle for the final remaining playoff spot, the Albany Dutchmen picked up a key victory against their competition, the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The Dutchmen (19-23) won 4-1 and now lead the race by one game. Glens Falls is now 17-23 on the summer.

Glens Falls grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a Danny Oliveri RBI single that scored Richard Gugliemi. That would be the only run of the game for the visitors, as Albany starter Drew Tolson allowed just four hits from that point on.

Albany scored its first run in the bottom of the third on a Sean Aspinall RBI single. The Dutchmen took the lead for good in the fourth as Justin Brock brought in a run with a sacrifice fly and Danny Hrbek hit an RBI double to left center that scored James Locklear. The final run of the game came on an Adam Lee sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Drew Tolson was simply terrific for Albany. The Baylor right-hander tossed a complete game in earning his fourth win of the season. Tolson allowed just the one run, struck out six and walked only one. Glens Falls starter John Leiter was also very sharp. Leiter tossed all eight innings and allowed the four runs (just one earned) in taking his second loss of the summer. Leiter struck out five and walked two.

Tonight’s games:

Watertown at Adirondack 3:00 p.m.

A night after clinching a playoff berth because of an Adirondack loss, the Watertown Rams will look to pick up some ground in the division as they face the Trail Blazers in Boonville. The Rams lead the season series between the two teams, 5-3. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

Amsterdam at Utica DH: 5:00 p.m.

In the lone game of the day that won’t have any effect on standings and playoff berths, the Amsterdam Mohawks will travel to Utica for a doubleheader against the Brewers. Both teams are coming off wins on Saturday night. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

Albany at Mohawk Valley 5:05 p.m.

The Albany Dutchmen will look to hold on to their one game lead for the final playoff spot in the East as they travel to Little Falls to take on the second place Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. Mohawk Valley was off a night ago, while Albany beat Glens Falls, 4-1. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

Glens Falls at Elmira 5:05 p.m.

In the marquee matchup of the day, standings-wise, the Elmira Pioneers will host the Glens Falls Golden Eagles at Dunn Field. Glens Falls trails Albany by a game for the final spot in the East and Elmira trails Newark by a half game for first place in the West. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

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