Elmira native and Geneva Red Wing Ben Terwillinger (Maine) struck out nine in a no-decision in front of his hometown crowd at Dunn Field (photo credit: Travis Larner).
Here’s a glance at the results from across the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on Friday, July 7:
Mohawk Valley (18-7) 6, Glens Falls (9-19) 3 (Game 1/10 innings)
In what was supposed to be a seven-inning contest in the first of Friday night’s twin bill, the DiamondDawgs and Dragons needed 10 innings to decide a winner. Last year’s co-PGCBL Pitcher of the Year, Joe DeSarro (Southern New Hampshire), took his first no-decision in five starts this summer, as he allowed three runs and struck out four in 8.0 innings. Glens Falls’ James Varela (LIU Post) matched his counterpart with seven strikeouts in 8.0 three-run frames. In the top of the 10th, the visiting ‘Dawgs loaded the bases and took the lead on Clay Koniencki’s (Monmouth) two-run base hit. Ben Porter (Columbia) drove in one more for some added insurance, before Zach Vennaro (Mount Olive) tossed a scoreless frame for the save.
Mohawk Valley 2, Glens Falls 1 (Game 2)
The nightcap needed less innings and fewer runs, but it was once again the DiamondDawgs who came out on top. Jack Fossand (Dartmouth) tossed 5.0 innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts to earn the win and Vennaro threw another 1.2 innings for the second save of the day, which increased his total to eight on the season. Mohawk Valley scores both runs in the top of the fourth, the first on a pair of errors and the later on Alexis Monge-Rodriguez’s (Barry) RBI single. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the Dragons put the tying run on base on Owen Wosleger’s (American International) single but he would be stranded in scoring position after stealing second.
Amsterdam (22-7) 9, Albany (17-11) 0
The Mohawks continued flexing their muscle with another powerful offensive performance in a 9-0 shutout of the Dutchmen. Jake Mueller (Wake Forest) hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot, in the bottom of the first inning. That gave Amsterdam a 1-0 lead until Anthony Gonnella (South Florida) slugged a three-run blast as part of a six-run in the fourth inning. Gonnella now owns sole possession of first place in the PGCBL with six homers, four of which have come in the past three games. On the mound, three pitchers combined to surrender just three hits to the Dutchmen. Ben Anderson (Binghamton) earned the victory with 3.1 shutout relief innings.
Newark (8-23) 4, Onondaga (12-15) 3
The Pilots edged the Flames at the Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex, as they scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth. The hosts knotted the score at 3-all in the eighth on a Sam Little (Ithaca) RBI double that plated Stephen Bennett (Canisius). However in the ninth, Newark’s Zach Santoro (Notre Dame (Ohio)) reached base safely with an infield single and moved to second on an errant throw. A groundout allowed Santoro to reach third base, before he recorded the winning run on a wild pitch. Kyle Griffen (Louisiana Tech) tossed a 1-2-3 home half of the inning to secure the win out of the bullpen.
Jamestown (25-5) 12, Adirondack (9-17) 2
Adirondack’s John Michael Boswell’s (Furman) started the game with a two-run homer in opening inning, but the Jammers scored the next six runs to pull ahead 6-2 in the third. The score remained that way until the eighth inning, when the host Jammers tacked on six more runs to blow the game wide open. Skyler Valentine (UTSA) smacked a three-run bases-clearing triple to get things started in the eighth, and four batters later, Connor Rule (Kansas State) hit a two-run triple. Zac Bygum (Dartmouth) was the one responsible for minimizing the damage in the middle innings, as he threw 4.0 hitless innings out of the bullpen for Adirondack. Chris Vallimont (Mercyhurst) earned the “W” with his best start of the summer, as he fanned nine in 6.0 two-run frames.
Elmira (16-14) 5, Geneva (18-12) 2
In the PGCBL’s West Division, the Pioneers are slowly but surely catching up to the second-place Red Wings. With last night’s win at Dunn Field, Elmira is now 9-1 in its last 10 games and sits just two games behind Geneva in the standings. Friday night’s tilt was tied 2-2 going into the eighth, but the Pios took the lead on Allbry Major’s (Xavier) RBI single and Joseph Preziuso’s (Canisius) two-run base hit. Out of the pen, Chase Austin (Corning C.C.) picked up the win with a scoreless frame and Conor Grammes (Xavier) worked around three walks by fanning three in the ninth to earn the save. Geneva’s Ben Terwillinger (Maine), en Elmira native, made his first start of the summer in front of his hometown crowd and struck out nine in 5.0 innings.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Utica at Mohawk Valley – 6:35 p.m.
Jamestown at Newark – 7:05 p.m.
Onondaga at Geneva – 7:05 p.m.
Glens Falls at Oneonta – 7:05 p.m.
Amsterdam at Saugerties – 7:05 p.m.
Adirondack at Elmira – 7:05 p.m.