Dragons Sweep Albany in Home Doubleheader

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - The Glens Falls Dragons (7-12) continued their success at home by sweeping the Albany Dutchmen (10-6) in a doubleheader at East Field by scores of 6-5 and 11-7 on Friday.

Glens Falls’ Brandon Budlong (Johnson & Wales) commanded the mound for the entire game for the Dragons. Budlong, who is 1-1 on the season, gave up 9 hits, 5 runs, all earned, walked 3, and struck-out 6.

Albany’s Nick Estrella (Azusa Pacific) pioneered the nights scoring in the top of the second, notching a double to score two runners and take the lead, 2-0 Dutchmen.

Albany added to their lead early in the third after a RBI from Chase Allen (Limestone) brought the score to 3-0.

Glens Falls took control in the bottom of the third, after Anthony Vaglica (LIU Post) was walked to load the bases. The following play, Ryan Beamish tallied a double to allow all three runners to cross the plate, tying the game at 3-3. Moments later, Jared Morello (St. Joseph’s) singled to bring in another two runners for the Dragons. To cap off the inning, Alex Phillips (Bellarmine) tripled to allow another run, making the score 6-3 Glens Falls. Albany replaced starting pitcher Teddy Paisley (Virginia) (0-1) with Mike Pepio (East Stroudsburg).

The Dutchmen fell short in a comeback attempt, after Brad Gneiting (Rice) doubled to allow an Albany runner to cross the plate early in the fourth.

In the top of the sixth, the Dutchmen came within one run of a tie, after a single from Estrella and a high throw past the first baseman allowed another run. The inning, as well as the game, ended in favor of the Dragons, 6-5.

The Glens Falls Dragons conclude the night with a sweep of the Albany Dutchmen, winning the second game 11-7.

Albany found themselves on the board first, after a wild pitch allowed a runner to cross the plate early in the first.

Glens Falls responded later in the inning, after Dutchmen pitcher Thomas Spinelli (Mississippi) walked in Brian Uliana (Rider) from third to tie the game 1-1. Moments later, Phoenix Hernandez (Southern NH) notched a single that dropped in center field, allowing two Dragons to cross the plate. The inning ended 3-1 Glens Falls.

Albany tied the game up early in the third after a double from Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican) brought in two runners to make the score 3-3.

Dragons responded and took the lead once again in the bottom of the third. Brian Wasilewski (Buffalo) and Phoenix Hernandez both doubled to bring in one runner each. Brandon Torres (Oneonta) tallied a single to allow Nick Jacques (Le Moyne) and Anthony Butler (St. Lawrence) to score, bringing the Dragons lead to 4 runs. The inning ended 8-3 Glens Falls.

Dutchmen Trace Tyre (Mississippi) took matters into his own hands in an effort to narrow the deficit, singling in the fifth to bring in a runner, and notching a double in the sixth to bring in another. Albany concluded it’s half of the sixth behind by only one run, 8-7 Dragons.

Glens Falls increased their lead late in the sixth, after a double from Jared Drizin (Bucknell) allowed Torres to cross the plate. Dan Lowndes (Siena) and Miles Moore (Bucknell) both singled to bring in runners. The inning, and the game, ended 11-7 Dragons.

Tom Taplin (Buffalo) was the winning pitcher, and Spinelli took the loss on the bump.

Glens Falls returns to East Field on Monday night to take on the Oneonta Outlaws. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

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