Daily Rundown: June 23, 2017

Geneva's Will Simoneit (Cornell) puts the ball in play against Elmira on June 22, 2017 (photo credit: Travis Larner).

Here’s a look back at the scores from around the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on Thursday, June 22:

Amsterdam (11-6) 13, Glens Falls (5-12) 2 (Game 1)
The Mohawks put on an impressive offensive fireworks show in the opening game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Dragons, as Amsterdam pounded out seven doubles and two home runs. John Valente (St. John’s) batted a perfect 5-for-5 from the lead-off spot with two doubles, while Liam Wilson (Canisius) finished 3-for-3 with a homer, two doubles and five RBIs. Not to be outdone, Anthony Gonnella (South Florida) slugged a grand-slam in the second inning, as part of his 2-for-2 showing with a game-high six RBIs. Thomas Lane (Boston College) was the winning pitcher for Amsterdam, as he hurled five innings of two-run ball with four walks and three strikeouts.

Amsterdam 5, Glens Falls 1 (Game 2)
Despite the monster effort at the dish in the early game, the Mohawks were outhit 5-to-3 but still managed to walk away victories in the nightcap. An Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic) sac fly and two bases-loaded walks in the first inning gave Amsterdam an early 3-0 advantage. The Dragons reduced the deficit to two runs with an RBI single off the bat of Brian Uliana (Rider) in the top of the fourth, but that was as close as they could come to the lead. Morgan McSweeney (Wake Forest) allowed one unearned run and fanned six in four innings to earn the win, while Elliot Anderson (Auburn) struck out five in the remaining three innings to secure a save.

Mohawk Valley (9-6) 11, Utica (4-12) 5
The DiamondDawgs led 4-1 through the first five innings of play, but a six-run sixth inning turned the contest into a rout at Veteran’s Memorial Park. In the sixth, Bronson Grubbs (Sacramento State) plated one run with a double, Tim Zeng (Fairfield) knocked in one with a single, and Dan Deely (Sacramento State) picked up two RBIs with a bases-loaded two-run single. The Blue Sox showed some late life in the top of the ninth, when Mitch Calandra (Eckerd) launched a grand slam, but it was too little, too late for Utica. Reigning PGCBL Co-Pitcher of the Year Joe DeSarro (Southern New Hampshire) improved to 3-0 this summer, as he allowed just one run on four hits and struck out five during his six innings of work.

Onondaga (9-5) 13, Oneonta (5-11) 0
The Flames scored at least one run in seven of the nine innings played in yesterday’s bout in Oneonta, N.Y., as Onondaga racked up 13 runs on 14 hits. Four of those hits went down as triples, including two off the red-hot bat of Gage Lanning (Canisius), who finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair driven in. Wyatt Myers (Buffalo) also had three hits, one of which was a three-bagger, to go along with two runs and two RBIs. On the mound, Justin Beyer (Niagara County C.C.) scattered five hits and two walks across five scoreless innings to earn the win.

Saugerties (10-5) 6, Adirondack (6-9) 4
The Stallions led by six runs heading into the ninth inning, and that’s when the Trail Blazers came alive and attempted to rally late. Matt Codispoti (Albany) doubled home one Adirondack’s first run, and following an RBI single from Joe Simone (Rider), Bret Huebner (Furman) legged out a two-run triple to reduce the 6-0 Saugerties lead down to two runs. The Stallions halted the comeback attempt by sending Matthew Pushard (Maine) to the mound. Pushard struck out the first two batters he faced before inducing a fly to cap off the game and pick up a save. John Clayton (Albany) made his first start of the summer for Saugerties and kept his ERA at 0.00 with seven strikeouts in seven scoreless innings.

Jamestown (12-4) 9, Newark (3-12) 3
The Jammers maintained their one-game lead in the PGCBL’s West Division by defeating the Pilots at Diethrick Park. Newark received RBI singles from John Balliet (Orange Coast C.C.) and Peter Battaglia (Niagara) as part of a three-run third inning, which cut the Jamestown lead down to 4-3. However, the high-powered Jammers offense drove in five runs in the sixth inning to widen the gap to a comfortable margin. Christ Conley (Canisius) and Ben Brookover (UTSA) highlighted the big inning, as the former smacked a two-run double and the latter plated one run on an RBI double of his own. Conley and Brookover combined for four hits, five RBIs and three runs scored to buoy the Jammers at the plate. Quinn Taylor (Felician) received his first “W” of the summer with five innings of three-run ball and four strikeouts.

Geneva (12-6) 5, Elmira (6-10) 2
The Red Wings received a strong start from southpaw Andy Reed (Elmira), who typically calls historic Dunn Field home during the spring with the Elmira College baseball team. Reed did not allow a run on three hits and four strikeouts in six innings. In the second inning, doubles from Langston Livingston (Saint Joseph’s) and Matt Smith (UC Davis) extended Geneva’s lead to 3-0, and Will Simoneit (Cornell) added an RBI double in the third to make it a four-run game. The Pios struck for two runs in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run base knock from Conor Grammes (Xavier), but Red Wing reliever Devon King (Post) slammed the door in the ninth on nine pitches for the save.

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:
Jamestown at Elmira – 4:00 p.m. (DH)
Utica at Adirondack – 5:00 p.m. (DH)
Albany at Glens Falls – 5:00 p.m. (DH)
Saugerties at Amsterdam – 5:05 p.m. (DH)
Onondaga at Newark – 5:05 p.m. (DH)
Mohawk Valley at Oneonta – 7:05 p.m.

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