Stephen Bennett (Canisius) smashed a home run in Onondaga's first at-bat on Friday night in a must-win vs. Newark (photo credit: Travis Larner).
Here is a look at the news and results from around the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) on Friday, July 28:
Amsterdam (34-12) 14, Adirondack (15-30) 3
The Mohawks belted 20 hits and scored 14 runs, earning a lopsided victory at Shuttleworth Park in their regular-season home finale over the Blazers. Eight different Amsterdam batters finished with multiple hits, led by three-hit performances from Dalton Skelton (Louisiana Tech), Dustin Skelton (Mississippi State) and Jake Mueller (Wake Forest). Dylan Reynolds (Fairfield) had two hits, both of which were doubles, to go along with two walks, two runs and two RBIs, and Chris Hamilton (Stony Brook) homered twice with three RBIs. In just his second game with the Mohawks, Toby Welk (Penn State Berks) joined the hit parade by slugging his first homer of the summer.
Onondaga (22-24) 3, Newark (19-29) 0
Jared Strait (Wells) pitched the Flames to a shutout victory over the Pilots and the final playoff seed in the West Division. The rising sophomore made his first start in 12 appearances and twirled 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Strait handed the ball off to Ryan Marketell (Monroe C.C.) for a scoreless eighth inning and Matt Bowman (SUNY Broome C.C.) stranded runners on first and second to pick up his seventh save. Onondaga’s Stephen Bennett (Canisius) has been swinging a hot bat as of late and led off the bottom of the first with a home run that gave the Flames a lead in they’d never relinquish.
Utica (17-28) 7, Jamestown (31-15) 1
The Blue Sox were shut out for the first six innings of Friday night’s game at Diethrick Park, but exploded for seven runs in the seventh. All seven runs were scored with two outs, beginning with Kyle Norman’s (Buffalo) game-tying RBI single. With the bases loaded, Taylor Olmstead (Southern New Hampshire) made it 2-1 Utica with an RBI walk, and following a wild pitch, Devon Garcia (Ohio) uncorked a two-run double. In his second at-bat of the frame, Evan Lee (Ashland) recorded another single, this time plating Zane Harris (Wright State) to cap off the monster inning. Not to be forgotten are the 8.0 innings of one-run ball and seven strikeouts from Blue Sox starter Riley Moore (Diablo Valley C.C.).
Albany (29-15) 8, Saugerties (19-26) 0
The Dutchmen dealt the Stallions a shutout defeat at Cantine Field on Friday, as they rode the arm of Jack Grabek (Bucknell) and his two-hitter to victory. Grabek needed only 87 pitches to complete his 7.0 shutout frames. He fanned seven without issuing a walk while securing his third consecutive win on the mound. Meanwhile, Chase Allen (Limestone) got things going at the dish with a two-run dinger in the second inning. Already up 4-0, Albany tacked on for additional runs in the eighth inning, two of which trotted home on Nick Estralla’s (Azusa Pacific) base hit. Estralla finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored, three stolen bases and two RBIs to lead the Dutchmen offensively.
Elmira (26-21) 11, Geneva (28-20) 8
The Pioneers are on a mission to catch the Red Wings for second place in the West Division, and Friday’s win was a major step in the right direction. Although Elmira pulled ahead with a five-run first inning, the Red Wings responded by scoring all eight of their runs in the second and third. Dominic Toso (Bucknell) and Joseph Tassin (Bossier Parish C.C.) both registered two-run base knocks, as part of a six-run top of the second. The Pios were held off the scoreboard in innings five, six and seven, but won the contest by scoring four times in the eighth. Conor Grammes (Xavier) ripped a two-run double that put Elmira up 9-8 and Tyler Melko (Northampton C.C.) added an exclamation point by legging out an RBI triple. Although every Pioneer in the game finished with a hit, Grammes led them all by going 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
Glens Falls (16-31) 9, Oneonta (13-29) 7
The Dragons may be a mere 16-31 heading into the final weekend of the 2017 regular season, but all 16 victories have come inside the friendly confines of East Field. Brandon Budlong (Johnson & Wales (R.I.)) toughed out 8.0 innings to earn the win on the mound. He was responsible for all seven Oneonta runs, but struck out a game-high six and upped his season record to 4-2. Brian Uliana (Rider) tripled and scored to jump start a three-run first inning, which gave Glens Falls the lead for good. Up 6-4, the Dragons tacked on three much-needed insurance runs on an error and two wild pitches. Ian Fair (Northeastern) led a valiant comeback attempt for the Outlaws with a solo homer in the ninth, but it was too little, too late.
Remember, fans can follow all PGCBL games live online and find all of the box scores from this year's contests via Pointstreak.
Adirondack at Amsterdam – 6:35 p.m.
Oneonta at Glens Falls – 7:00 p.m.
Newark at Onondaga – 7:00 p.m.
Albany at Saugerties – 7:05 p.m.
Geneva at Elmira – 7:05 p.m.
Utica at Jamestown – 7:05 p.m.