Daily Rundown: July 23, 2017

Tyler Kelder (St. Bonaventure) led the Saugerties Stallions to a 9-6 victory vs. Amsterdam on Saturday night (photo provided by the Saugerties Stallions).

Here’s a glance at the results from across the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on Saturday, July 22:

Onondaga (18-22) 8, Geneva (26-17) 6
The Flames picked up a big win against the second-place team in the West Division on Saturday afternoon. Although Geneva raced out to an early 4-0 lead, Onondaga tied the bout at 5-all, before scoring thrice in the bottom of the sixth to take its first lead of the game. Back-to-back RBI singles from Kyle Gallagher (Cornell) and Sam Little (Ithaca) broke the stalemate, and Gage Lanning (Canisius) added an insurance run with a sac fly. The Red Wings had the tying runs in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, but Matt Bowman (SUNY Broome C.C.) struck of Jake Evans (Alabama Southern C.C.) to end the game.

Glens Falls (15-27) 8, Mohawk Valley (24-13) 3 (Game 1)
East Field, aka “the Cave”, has provided the Dragons with quite the home-field advantage this season, and they took advantage of it again on Saturday in a sweep of Mohawk Valley. Trailing 3-2 heading into the sixth inning, Glens Falls posted a six-spot to take a commanding lead late in the contest. The scoring in the decisive frame began with consecutive RBI doubles off the bats of Ryan Beamish (Lee) and Anthony Vaglica (LIU Post), the latter which put the Dragons up 4-3. Dan Lowndes (Siena), Brian Uliana (Rider) and Matt Hamel (Siena) each added RBI base hits later in the inning. James Varela (LIU Post) tossed a complete game to earn the win for the Dragons.

Glens Falls 2, Mohawk Valley 1 (Game 2)
The Saturday sweep ended in a much closer contest between the Dragons and DiamondDawgs. Glens Falls recorded two runs on an error and a passed ball in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. In the top of the third inning, Mohawk Valley’s Tom Moore (Saint Rose) reached base after being plunked and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches. He cut the deficit in half by scoring on a passed ball, but that would be the only offense the ‘Dawgs could muster in the nightcap. Tyler Mattison (Bryant), who hails from nearby Fort Ann, N.Y., fanned seven in 4.1 innings of work to pick up his third win of the summer in front of his hometown crowd.

Utica (14-26) 7, Oneonta (12-25) 5
The Blue Sox scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a four-run lead, but had to hold off a ninth-inning Outlaw rally to secure a win on Saturday at Donovan Stadium. A Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire) two-run double and a Kyle Norman (Buffalo) sac fly extended Utica’s lead to 7-3 in the seventh. However, when the Sox pulled starter Riley Moore (Diablo Valley C.C.) in the top of the ninth, Oneonta trimmed the deficit down to two, with runs scoring on a wild pitch and Mike Brown’s (Dartmouth) RBI single. Logan Foster (Andrew) was called out of the bullpen to replace Connor Hurley (Concordia-St. Paul) and saved the game by recording the final two outs of the ninth.

Saugerties (18-20) 9, Amsterdam (30-11) 6
The Stallions moved one step closer to securing the final playoff seed in the East Division with a road win over the division-leading Mohawks. Although Amsterdam came within one run of the lead on several occasions,  Saugerties never trailed after plating three runs in the top of the first inning, two of which scored on Tyler Kelder’s (St. Bonaventure) two-run double. Kelder blasted a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning, and singled and scored in the seventh to lead the Saugerties offense. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs, while Luke Pettersen (Minnesota) went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and one run after hitting a two-run single for some insurance in the top of the ninth.

Newark (16-26) 13, Adirondack (13-27) 2
The Pilots are the hottest team in the PGCBL heading into Sunday’s action, as they have won five consecutive games, including Saturday’s romp over the Trail Blazers. Every player in the Newark lineup scored at least one run against Adirondack and eight of the nine starters had at least one hit. Michael O’Connor (Buffalo) turned in his best performance of the season by going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and one run scored. Zach Santoro (Notre Dame (Ohio)) matched O’Connor with three hits, including a double, to go along with his two RBIs. On the mound, Eddie Fournier (Cypress) won his first game of the season with 2.0 innings of relief and Ryan Allen (Eckerd) registered his first save with 3.0 shutout innings.

Jamestown (29-13) 5, Elmira (22-20) 0
The West Division-leading Jammers lit up the scoreboard with a four-spot in the top of the third inning and never looked back, as starter Bradley Griggs (UTSA) and reliever Isaac Meza (CSU Bakersfield) combined to shut out the Pioneers. Griggs tossed 6.1 scoreless innings, scattering three hits and five walks while striking out three. Meza followed out of the bullpen with 2.2 innings and four punch outs. In the third inning, Chris Estrada (UTSA) cleared the loaded bases with a two-run single and an error, before scoring himself on Alex O’Donnell’s (Mercyhurst) RBI single. Ben Brookover (UTSA) joined his college teammates in by posting two hits and scoring a pair of runs.

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:
Mohawk Valley at Utica – 3:00 p.m.
Oneonta at Adirondack – 3:00 p.m.
Onondaga at Jamestown – 3:00 p.m.
Newark at Geneva – 4:00 p.m.
Glens Falls at Elmira – 5:05 p.m.
Saugerties at Albany – 5:05 p.m.


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