Daily Rundown: June 8, 2017

Rally Cat? Rally Cat! Geneva scored six runs in the seventh inning against Elmira, the same inning this furry friend appeared in the outfield.

Finally, a break from Mother Nature! All of the PGCBL’s five games were played on Wednesday without a rain delay. Three of yesterday's contests went into extra innings, and one featured a special on-field guest.

Here’s a look back at the scores from June 7:

Onondaga (2-2) 7, Adirondack (2-3) 3 (10th)
The Flames and Trail Blazers played through nine full innings tied at 3-3, before Onondaga put up a four-spot in the top of the 10th inning to secure the win. Adirondack took a 3-2 lead in the fourth on a Matt Codispoti (Albany) RBI single and a Bailey Collins (Concordia (Calif.)) sac fly, but Anthony Scalzo’s (Gonzaga) RBI double in the seventh drew the score even at 3-all. Then in the 10th, Webb Little (Ithaca) led off with a single and came around to score on an error to give Flames a one-run advantage. Insurance runs were added on an Alex Canty (Monroe C.C.) RBI double and a two-run base knock off the bat of Camillo Spinoso (Le Moyne). Adirondack’s John Michael Boswell (Furman) managed to slug a double in the bottom half of the frame, but couldn’t jumpstart the offense, as Onondaga reliever Matt Bowman (SUNY Broome C.C.) capped his third shutout inning for the win.

Amsterdam (2-1) 4, Albany (1-1) 4 – Halted after 10 innings due to darkness
The Mohawks and Dutchmen played to a 4-4 through the 10th deadlocked at 4-4, but the setting sun forced the umpires to halt the game before its conclusion. Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican) helped give Albany an early 3-1 lead with an RBI ground out in the first and a solo home run in the third. Amsterdam responded with two runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to level the score at 4-4. Julian Gallup (Niagara) singled and came around to score the tying run on a Liam Wilson (Canisius) base hit. From there, neither team was able to drive in any of the runners it put in scoring position. Justin Reed (Indiana) and Brooks Knapek (UMass) combined for 4.2 innings and just two hits out of the Amsterdam bullpen, while four Dutchmen relievers combined for 4.1 innings with seven strikeouts. The game will be resumed prior to the regularly-scheduled meeting between these two teams at Siena Field on July 2.

Mohawk Valley (3-1) 6, Utica (3-1) 2
The DiamondDawgs handed the Blue Sox their first loss of the 2017 campaign with a 6-2 victory at Donovan Stadium on Wednesday. Mohawk Valley turned a one-run hole into a 2-1 advantage with a pair of sacrifice flies in the second inning and extended their lead to 3-1 on a Matt Smith (Sacramento State) RBI base hit in the third. The Blue Sox did cut the deficit back down to one in the fifth, but Russ Olive (UMass Lowell) launched a solo homer in the following frame to make it a 4-2 game. The visitors tacked on two more runs in the top of the ninth for insurance and returning DiamondDawg pitcher Zach Vennaro (Mount Olive) retired the side in order in the bottom half to secure the victory. Vennaro earned a save with 1.2 innings of work, while Clay Chatham (Dartmouth) received the win with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. Brent Kessinger (North Park) struck out five in 5.0 innings for the Blue Sox but was tagged with the loss.

Jamestown (3-2) 9, Newark (1-3) 5
The Jamestown offense has produced runs in bunches in the early innings, and Wednesday night was no different. The Jammers scored five in the first inning, two in the second and one more in the third to pull ahead by a wide 8-0 margin. Highlighting the first inning was a one-run double off the bat of Matt Cross (Niagara County C.C.), while Skyler Valentine (UTSA) and Christ Conley (Canisius) each plated one in the second and third, respective, with run-scoring singles. The Pilots looked to mount a comeback in the ninth with a trio of runs, the first which came home on Colton Carney’s (Seton Hill) RBI triple, but it was too little too late for the Newark offense. Nolan Hunt (Canisius) received the win out of the bullpen for the Jammers with 2.2 hitless innings, while Newark’s Peng-Fei Wang (Vanung) paced all pitchers with a game-high five strikeouts in 4.1 relief innings.

Geneva (3-1) 8, Elmira (3-2) 7 (10th)
A wild one at historic Dunn Field ended with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th. Down 3-0, the Red Wings – perhaps with the help of the “rally cat” the scampered across the outfield in the seventh inning – plated six runs to climb ahead 6-3. Following a bases-loaded walk and hit-by-pitch, Justin Barr (Central Alabama C.C.) drove in two with a single and Mikey Arman (Kenyon) picked up an RBI with a two-bagger to pull ahead 4-3. The Pioneers would score the equalizer in the eighth and juiced the bases in the ninth when Ayrton Schafer (Samford) was issued an intentional walk with two outs, setting up the force out at any base. Geneva’s Colby Mullins (Andrew) then fanned Allbry Major (Xavier) to send the game into extras. A sac fly and an RBI base hit from Matt Chamberlain (New Haven) gave the Red Wings an 8-6 lead, but back-to-back walks by Mullins in the bottom of the 10th forced in one run for Elmira. Mullins got Jonathan Crimmin (Siena) to fly out in the following at-bat to seal the comeback victory.

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:
Newark at Jamestown – 11:00 a.m.
Adirondack at Albany – 5:05 p.m.
Geneva at Amsterdam – 6:35 p.m.
Oneonta at Glens Falls – 7:00 p.m.
Onondaga at Elmira – 7:05 p.m.
Utica at Saugerties – 7:05 p.m.

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