The Daily Rundown: July 31, 2014

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Last night’s games:

Albany 7 Amsterdam 4

The Albany Dutchmen closed out the regular season with a 7-4 win over the Amsterdam Mohawks at Bob Bellizzi Field. The Dutchmen finish the regular season with a 21-24 record, while Amsterdam finishes with a 36-11 mark. Both teams qualified for the post season, Amsterdam with the #1 spot in the East and Albany with the #3 spot.

Albany got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a Sean Aspinall RBI double and a Cameron Miller sacrifice fly that scored Adam Lee. Amsterdam cut the lead in half in the top of the third inning on a Marcus Carson RBI single. Miller hit his second sacrifice fly of the game in the fifth and Justin Brock hit an RBI single in the same inning to put the Dutchmen on top 4-1. Alex DeBellis made it 4-2 in the top of the sixth with a solo home run.

Albany responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth on an Ernie Clement RBI single and a Will Miller RBI groundout. The Dutchmen scored their final run of the game in the seventh on a James Locklear sacrifice fly that scored Nick Morton. In the ninth, Blake Logan hit a home run with a man on base, but passed the runner on the base path, which resulted in only one run scoring. Jake Salpietro hit an RBI groundout for the fourth and final run of the game for Amsterdam.

Steven Ghiardi picked up his first win of the season for Albany, while Zach Dufel took the loss for Amsterdam.

Mohawk Valley 9 Elmira 3 Game One

Picking up where they left off on July 8, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs defeated the Elmira Pioneers in game one of a doubleheader in Elmira. The game was the continuation of a suspended game from July 8, in which Mohawk Valley led 7-3 when the game was called.

On July 8, Gus Craig hit a 2-RBI triple in the first inning and Mike Triller hit an RBI groundout that gave Mohawk Valley a 3-0 lead after one. The DiamondDawgs extended their lead to 7-0 in the second with a four run frame. Greg Fazio hit an RBI single, Colin Hawk hit a 2-RBI single, and Zach Collett hit an RBI double in the inning.

Elmira got three runs back in the bottom of the second on a Taylor Skerpon RBI single and RBI groundouts from Drew Fisher and Jason Patnick. The game was suspended with one out in the top of the fourth. Last night, Gus Craig hit an RBI fielder’s choice with an additional run coming across via error to make it 9-3 Mohawk Valley, the final score.

Evan Kissinger tossed four innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win for the DiamondDawgs. He finishes the regular season 3-2. Jeremy Soule allowed seven of the nine DiamondDawg runs in just an inning and a third to take the loss.

Mohawk Valley 8 Elmira 4 Game Two

With the help of Newark’s 4-1 win over Glens Falls, the Elmira Pioneers did not have the opportunity to win the West Division. The Pioneers lost game two of a modified doubleheader against Mohawk Valley, putting them in second place in the West. They finish the regular season 26-21, while Mohawk Valley finishes 26-19.

The DiamondDawgs got out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Jayson Sullivan and Eric Strano bases loaded walks. The Pioneers tied the game at two in the home half of the inning on a Michael Fahrman 2-RBI single that scored Chris Kalousidian and Taylor Hillson. Mohawk Valley erupted for five runs in the third to take the lead for good. An error, Andy Lalonde and Trey Stover RBI singles and a Colin Hawk sacrifice fly brought in the five runs in the inning.

Mike Triller hit an RBI single in the top of the sixth to account for the visitors’ final run of the game. A Nick Walker lead off, solo home run and a Chris Kalousidian RBI fielder’s choice brought in the final two Elmira runs in the bottom of the sixth. The home run was Walker’s second of the season.

Justin Thomas tossed 2.2 innings and picked up his first win of the season for Mohawk Valley. Roberto Suppa allowed six runs (five earned) in 2.1 innings to take the loss for Elmira.

Newark 4 Glens Falls 1

The Newark Pilots won the West Division with a 4-1 win over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The Pilots finish the season 27-19, the best mark in team-PGCBL history. Glens Falls finishes the 2014 season with an 18-25 record.

The Golden Eagles got on the scoreboard first, scoring a lone run in the top of the fourth inning on an error that allowed Brandon Purcell to score. Newark’s Samm Wiggins tied the game at one in the sixth with an RBI double that plated Logan Boyher.

Newark took a 4-1 lead, the final score, in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tanner Giesel singled home two runs and Jack Gerstenmaier scored on an error. Giesel finished the regular season with the most RBIs in the league, driving in 35 men. Travis Laitar tossed a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the win for the Pilots.

Braxton Wilks tossed four scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win for Newark. He finishes the season with a 3-0 record. Mike McFerran allowed the three Pilot runs in the seventh (two earned) to take the loss.

Watertown at Adirondack

Wednesday night’s game between the Watertown Rams and Adirondack Trail Blazers was called due to rain and lightning.

Tonight’s one-game playoffs:

Watertown at Elmira 7:05 p.m.

In the one-game playoff in the West Division, the Elmira Pioneers host the Watertown Rams at Dunn Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Probable Pitchers:

EP: Sam Sinnen (Old Dominion) 5-3, 2.37 ERA, 35 Ks, .221 BAA

WR: Mitch Sewald (LSU) 4-4, 2.89 ERA, 49 Ks, 0.4 Flyball/Groundball

A year after Elmira swept Watertown in the West Division Finals, the Rams will seek revenge against the Pioneers in a one-game playoff at Dunn Field. In game one of the best-of-three series last year, Watertown and Elmira played 14 innings, the longest PGCBL post-season game ever. This matchup pits the league’s #2 offense (Elmira) against the league’s #2 pitching staff. The winner will face Newark on Friday at Colburn Park.

Albany at Mohawk Valley 7:05 p.m.

In the one-game playoff in the East Division, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs host the Albany Dutchmen at Veteran's Memorial Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Probable Pitchers:

MV: Nick Petrella (Skidmore) 4-3, 3.42 ERA, 32 Ks, 50 IP (leads team)

AD: Jake Welch (Notre Dame College) 3-1, 2.86 ERA, 0.8 Flyball/groundball

With a date with Amsterdam set for Friday, the Albany Dutchmen will face the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs to decide who faces the 36-11 Mohawks. Albany won against Amsterdam on the final night of the season, while Mohawk Valley swept a doubleheader against Elmira. Each team will try and cool off the other in the one-game, win-or-go-home playoff.

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