Camillo Spinoso (Le Moyne) slides into second in the ninth inning vs. Oneonta (photo credit: BRIANthePHOTOguy)
Here’s a look back at the scores from around the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on Wednesday, June 14:
Albany (6-2) 7, Utica (3-7) 4
The Blue Sox looked to snapped their skid, which now stands at seven straight after starting the season 3-0, by scoring the first four runs of the game, including a Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire) two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning. However, the Dutchmen tied the game with a four-spot in the fifth inning, which was highlighted by Brad Gneiting’s (Rice) two-run double. Albany then took the lead for good in the sixth, scoring the go-ahead run on a Justin Decker (Dominican) RBI single and adding one more on a Nick Estrella (Azusa Pacific) RBI base hit. Albany relievers Nick Bruno (Siena) and Justin Bureau (Ave Maria) combined to throw 5.0 three-hit innings to preserve the lead, with the former earning the win and the latter getting the save.
Mohawk Valley (7-3) 7, Glens Falls (3-6) 5
A five-run first inning vaulted the DiamondDawgs to victory in another close matchup against East Division rival Glens Falls. With two outs, Mohawk Valley worked out two bases-loaded walks, followed by a Joe Engel (Columbia) RBI hit to the hosts an early 5-2 advantage. The Dragons clawed back with two runs of their own in the top of the second in addition to one on a Jared Drizin (Bucknell) RBI double in the third, which cut the deficit down to one at 6-5. Glens Falls, however, mustered only two more hits throughout the remainder of the contest. The second of those hits was a double from Mark Powell (St. Rose), which put runners on second and third with two outs, but Mohawk Valley closer Zach Vennaro (Mount Olive) struck out all four batters he faced to pick up the save.
Onondaga (4-5) 1, Oneonta (2-8) 0
The Flames and Outlaws were engaged in a pitchers’ duel for the first eight-and-a-half innings during Wednesday’s contest. Oneonta starter Jake Hershman (Wofford) allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out seven in 8.0 shutout innings. His counterpart, Emmett Dunn (St. Lawrence) was just as good, as he punched out eight and gave up just five hits in his 7.0 innings. In the bottom of the inning, Oneonta reliever Ben Rhodes (Siena) walked the first batter he faced, Camillo Spinoso (Le Moyne). Spinoso swiped second and advanced to third on a wild pitch, before scoring the walk-off run on Webb Little’s (Ithaca) sac fly. Onondaga reliever Matt Bowman (SUNY Broome C.C.) earned a relatively easy win, having to record only two outs in the top of the ninth.
Saugerties (6-4) 10, Elmira (5-5) 0
The Stallions blanked the Pioneers, but unlike the contest in Onondaga, they did not wait until the final inning to score a run. Saugerties scored five runs in both the sixth and eighth innings to secure a decisive win over Elmira. Both sides received strong starting efforts on the mound. Elmira’s Grant Donahue (Virginia) scattered three hits and four strikeouts across 5.0 scoreless innings, but Alvin Vega (Canisius) was tagged for five runs in just one-third of an inning out of the bullpen. On the other hand, Avery Short (Siena) earned the win in his start of the summer with 7.0 shutout inning and four strikeouts. A the plate, Luke Petterson (Minnesota) led all batters with a 3-for-5 effort to go along with two RBIs, while Tyler Kelder (St. Bonaventure) went 1-for-4 with a game-high three runs batted in.
Newark (2-8) 12, Geneva (7-3) 5
The Pilots finally halted their eight-game losing streak with a convincing win over West Division foe Geneva at McDonough Park. The Red Wings did take a brief lead in the fifth, 4-3, on a William Hampson (Southwest Tenn. C.C.) RBI single, but the Pilots erased the deficit with two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and eighth innings, and five more in the ninth. Newark used a balanced offensive effort, as seven of its nine batters had recorded a hit or scored a run. Peter Battaglia (Niagara), Tanner Huddleston (Jones County J.C.) and Over Torres (Yavapai) each had two hits, two runs, and two RBIs to pace the Pilots. Starter Kyle Griffen (Louisiana Tech) received the win after allowing four runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings, all without recording a strikeout.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Mohawk Valley at Albany – 5:05 p.m.
Utica at Glens Falls – 7:00 p.m.
Geneva at Oneonta – 7:05 p.m.
Amsterdam at Saugerties – 7:05 p.m.
Jamestown at Newark – 7:05 p.m.
Adirondack at Elmira – 7:05 p.m.
PGCBL Alumni in the MLB Draft
In the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, 40 PGCBL alumni were selected, headlined by Kentucky's star second baseman, Riley Mahan (Amsterdam 2015) and Virginia standout Ernie Clement (Albany 2014). To learn more about the former PGCBLers in the 2017 MLB Draft, click here.