Daily Rundown: June 4, 2017

Geneva Red Wings

After the host teams came out on top in all of the games on Thursday and Friday, the Geneva Red Wings and Adirondack Trail Blazers finally broke through on the road on Saturday, but the four remaining games on the docket went to the home squad.

Here’s a look back at the scores from June 3:

Albany (1-1) 4, Mohawk Valley (2-1) 1
Four Dutchmen arms combined to limit the DiamondDawgs, who had slugged two homers in each of their first two games of the season, to just one run on six hits. Starter Tommy Miller (Siena), playing at a familiar setting inside Siena Field, picked up the win with 5.1 innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts. Deavan Phillips (Ave Maria), Mac Welsh (Louisville) and Justin Bureau (Ave Maria) combined to surrender just three hits throughout the remainder of the game. A Trace Tyre (Ole Miss) RBI double in the bottom of the fourth broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth and Nick Estrella (Azusa Pacific) hit a two-run homer in the fifth for some added insurance.

Glens Falls (1-1) 6, Albany (0-1) 2
The Dutchmen hit the ball hard in the first inning of their first game to take an early lead, but the Dragons’ offense didn’t much time to heat up either. Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican) and Brandt Holland (North Alabama) hit a double and triple, respectively, to give Albany a 2-0 lead from the get-go, but Glens Falls knotted the game in the bottom of the first with an RBI single and a bases-loaded walk. The Dragons then tallied twice in the third and two more times in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run shot from Anthony Vaglica (LIU Post). Alex Phillips (Bellarmine) got the win on the mound by fanning eight in 6.0 innings.

Utica (2-0) 13, Onondaga (1-2) 5
The Blue Sox improved to 2-0 with a decisive victory over the Flames at Donovan Stadium. A four-spot in the bottom of the second broke an early 1-1 tie, highlighted by a bases-loaded two-run single from Adam LaRock (Iowa) and an RBI triple by returning Utica slugger Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire). Although it was only a 6-3 score late in the game, a seven-run eighth inning put the Blue Sox ahead by a comfortable margin; four of the runs scored in the eighth came on bases-loaded walks. LaRock and Olmstead, who batted one-two atop the lineup, combined to go 4-for-8 with five runs and five RBIs to pace the Utica offense. Onondaga’s Matt Bowman (SUNY Broome C.C.) hurled 3.2 scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts to keep the Flames within distance until the eighth.

Amsterdam Mohawks (2-1) 9, Glens Falls (1-2) 5
A three-run fourth and four-run fifth inning broke open Saturday night’s bout between the Mohawks and Dragons. A Danny Coleman (Hudson Valley C.C.) two-run bomb in the fourth broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth, although the Dragons made it a 4-3 difference heading into the bottom of the decisive fifth inning. The Mohawks tallied three runs on a pair of errors in the bottom of the frame to pull ahead for good. Starter Thomas Lane (Boston College) struck out a game-high nine batters en route to the victory with 5.0 two-hit innings. Ty Phelps (Gannon) produced a team-high five punch outs in just 3.0 innings out of the bullpen in the losing effort.

Geneva (2-0) 9, Jamestown (1-1) 1
Geneva starter Alex Bellardini (Youngstown State) pitched a gem for the Red Wings, scattering just one run and eight hits across 7.0 solid innings of work. Meanwhile, the Geneva offense posted three runs in the sixth and four more in the eighth to earn the lopsided win. Will Simoneit (Cornell) hit an RBI double in the sixth and Joseph Tassin (Bossier Parish C.C.) knocked in a pair with a two-bagger in the eighth to pad the lead for the Red Wings. Tassin had a big night batting out of the nine-hole, as he finished 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Jamestown starting pitcher Kyle Backofen (Louisiana-Monroe) was taxed with the loss after giving up just two runs in 5.1 innings

Elmira (2-1) 12, Newark Pilots (1-2) 4
The Pioneers registered double-digit runs for the second game in a row, this time downing their bitter West Division rival in the first meeting of the 2017 campaign. A bevy of errors in the first allowed the Pilots to take an early 2-0 lead, which only lasted until the bottom of the inning. Elmira scored five runs on four hits and four walks in the bottom of the first and chased Newark starter Adam Donovan (DeSales) from the mound after just 0.2 innings. Allbry Major (Xavier) then drove in two of Elmira five runs in the fourth with a two-run single, which ballooned the lead to 12-2. Although the final four players Newark sent to the mound surrendered just a single run on one hit in 4.1 innings, the deficit was too much to overcome.

Adirondack (2-1) 9, Oneonta (0-3) 5
The Trail Blazers scored twice in the second to take a lead they would never relinquish, with the first run coming on an RBI double by Dugan Darnell (Adrian). The added one more in the sixth, four in the seventh and two runs in the eighth, which were all needed to prevent Oneonta’s late rally; the Outlaws scored all five of their runs in the last three frames. Outlaw starter Jake Hershman (Wofford) struck out a game-high eight batters, but he was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on three hits in 5.0 innings. His counterpart, Adirondack’s Jake Walker (Rhode Island) received the victory with 5.0 innings of one-hit ball and six strikeouts.

Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.

Today's Games:
Utica at Adirondack – 3:05 p.m.
Onondaga at Geneva – 4:00 p.m.
Glens falls at Albany – 5:05 p.m.
Jamestown at Elmira – 5:05 p.m.
Oneonta at Saugerties – 7:05 p.m.

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