BREWERS PICK UP HOME WIN DOUBLE UP RAMS
Tim Best 7/26
The Utica Brewers played the role of spoiler once again Saturday night at Murnane Field in Utica, beating the Watertown Rams by the final of 6-3.
Rob Hardy (HCCC) picked up the win in his final start of the summer, throwing eight innings and giving up three runs (two earned).
The Brewers caught fire right out of the gate, picking up three runs on five straight hits to start the bottom of the first.
The three runs came on RBI singles from Crash Laing (Bluefield State), Zach Torriente (New Mexico State), and Anthony Villa (St. Mary’s). After taking a 4-0 lead after one, the Brewers added two more runs in the fourth to extend their lead to 6-0.
The Rams finally got on the board in the eighth inning, as Santino Alteri (Alvernia) and Willi Martin (Mount Olive) each picked up RBIs to cut the deficit to 6-2.
The Rams would pick up one more run in the ninth, but that would be it as Chad Moss (Davidson) came on in relief to get the save.
The Brewers will host the East Division Champion Amsterdam Mohawks for a doubleheader on Sunday while the Rams visit the Adirondack Trail Blazers for a matinee matchup in their next game.
Just two days after getting swept in a doubleheader on Friday night in Little Falls, the Utica Brewers got their revenge on the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs by defeating their local rivals 6-4 at home Sunday night.
Cody Burton (Alabama-Huntsville) picked up two hits and an RBI to lead the Brewers’ offense while starting pitcher, Marcos Martinez (Citrus CC) threw seven innings, allowing three runs, only two of which were earned.
The DiamondDawgs started off hot, scoring two runs in the top of the first. The Brewers would respond with two runs of their own in the home half of the first to keep things interesting early on.
They would then score two more runs in the third before the DiamondDawgs responded with one in the top of the fifth. The Brewers would respond immediately once again with two more runs to take a 6-3 lead.
The DiamondDawgs would get some momentum with two outs in the eighth, but they would be stopped in their tracks. Eric Strano (Rider) ripped a single into right to score a run.
However, Burton would gun down a runner heading home to end the inning and keep the score at 6-4, which would be the final.
The DiamondDawgs will return home for their next game to host the Amsterdam Mohawks while the Brewers will kick off a four-game road trip, which starts in Albany on Monday night.
WATERTOWN, NY- The Watertown Rams (16-11) came back from an eighth inning deficit to beat the Utica Brewers, 6-4, (3-23) and maintain a share of first place in the PGCBL West Division. Jake Sale (Parkland) picked up the win for the Rams, while Josh Garran (Pace) took the loss.
The Rams struck first in the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Joe Ogren (Bucknell) hit an RBI single up the middle for the first run and Chris Gaetano (Monmouth) hit an RBI ground-rule double to right-center field to score Ogren. Utica responded with a lone run in the top of the second inning when Cedric Mullins (Louisburg) walked with the bases loaded.
It was all zeros until the top of the sixth inning when Utica scored on a throwing error by Rams catcher, Joe Deluca, (Niagara County CC). Chris Gaetano broke the tie when he led off the bottom of the sixth with a towering home run to right field. It was his first long ball of the season.
The game seemed to be in the hands of the Rams, as they handed the ball to Jake Sale with a lead, but in the top of the eighth innings, Cedric Mullins hit a two-out infield single. He advanced to third on a throwing error by Rams shortstop Nick Moore. Zacarias Hardy (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) then gave Utica a 4-3 lead with a 2-RBI single to center field, scoring Mullins and Cody Burton (UAH).
Watertown was able to take the lead back in the home half of the inning. Josh Hassell (Holy Cross) walked with the bases loaded to tie the game and Gaetano scored from third on a throwing error from Utica catcher, Xavier Baez, (Texas Wesleyan). Shane Servoss (Skagit Valley) had an RBI fielder’s choice to extend the lead to 6-4. Jon Escobar (Holy Cross) tossed a scoreless ninth inning to notch his sixth save of the season.
Rams starter, Zander Clouse, (Bellevue) went 5.2 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) in his no-decision. Utica starter, Marcos Martinez, (Citrus) had a quality start, going six innings and allowing three runs (all earned).
Shane Servoss and Chris Gaetano each had multi-hit games for the Rams. Jabari Gayle (Northwest Florida State) went 3-for-5 and Mullins and Burton each had multiple hits on the night.
Watertown travels to Adirondack tomorrow night to take on the Trail Blazers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Utica will play the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in Little Falls on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The 2,989 fans at Dunn Field were excited to receive their Mini-Bats courtesy of Elm Chevrolet as they entered the ballpark. Then, once they sat down, the Elmira Pioneers (14-11) showed what they can do with their full-size pieces of lumber in their 4-2 win over the Utica Brewers (3-21).
The Pioneers offense began in the bottom of the third inning, and it began with a bang. Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) singled and stole second base and then scored on an RBI double by TJ Dixon (Samford). Dixon then stole third base, but it didn’t matter as Christian Santisteban (Manhattan) drilled a long home run off the Texas Roadhouse sign in right-center field, giving all fans in attendance a free appetizer from Texas Roadhouse. Then, in the fifth inning, Dixon and the Pioneers had more magic in store.
Dixon began the inning with a double, but not one of the conventional type. Dixon hit a line drive to left-center, and when left fielder Joe Daru (NYIT), took an extra moment to come up with the ball, Dixon when for second base and slid in successfully.
Joe Guaragna (Old Dominion) followed with a sacrifice bunt, but Dixon took the extra base once again. When Dixon noticed that no one was covering home, he darted around third and scored the Pioneers’ fourth run. Combine those two plays with his stolen base, and the full speed of TJ Dixon was certainly on display for all to see at Dunn Field on Friday night.
On the pitching side, Logan Salow (2-1) worked around 3 hits and 3 walks to toss 5.1 strong innings for the Pioneers allowing just 2 hits. He was helped by a rarely seen play in the third inning, when the Pioneers recorded an 8-3-5 force at third base.
After the ball dropped in front of Dixon, he threw home to Santisteban, who then alertly threw to Guaragna at third to catch Crachard Laing (Bluefield State) for the force at third base.
Salow was followed by Brandon Holup (East Stroudsburg), who tossed 1.2 scoreless innings, before Matt Horton (Cornell) and Tucker Rekucki (Bucknell) finished off the Pioneers’ victory. The combination of offense and pitching was explosive for Elmira as they won their second straight game on their USA Homestand.
Justin Brock (Franklin Pierce) clubbed a single to left field allowing Nick Morton (Washington and Jefferson) to score from second base with two outs in the eleventh inning. The game-winner capped a 4-for-6 day for Brock, where he also scored a run and stole two bases.
Before the heroics, Albany found themselves in a 4-0 hole after the top of the first inning. Five straight Utica hitters reached, with an RBI single from Cory Lerche (Gloucester CC), a two-run single from Zachary Torriente (New Mexico State), and an RBI single from Hayden Kelly (Polk State College) provided the four-run lead.
For the next ten innings, Dutchmen pitching held the Brewers without a run. The combination of starter Nick DiLeo (Wagner), Austin Goeke (Wagner), and Kyle Zurak (Radford) kept the Brewers in check, allowing the Dutchmen to rally. Zurak earned the win.
The Dutchmen scored their first two runs in the second inning, on an RBI double from Ernie Clement (Virginia) and an RBI groundout from Brock.
The lead was further trimmed to 4-3 in the fourth inning, when a leadoff walk to James Locklear (Rider) eventually led to an RBI single from Morton. The Dutchmen had an opportunity to tie or take the lead, but the bases were left loaded.
The seventh inning saw the Dutchmen tie the game at four. Brock started the frame with a single, eventually moved to second, and scored on a base hit from Sean Aspinall (Azusa Pacific). Aspinall also had a stellar day in center field, chasing down numerous fly balls hit deep into the Bellizzi Field gaps.
In the tenth inning Utica had a runner on third base, but Zurak would strike out Lerche to end the inning.
The game nearly ended in the bottom half of the inning, when Aspinall clubbed a ball to deep left center field that almost cleared the wall for a walk off home run. He was held to a double, and was stranded to end the inning. However, the Dutchmen’s next chance would be the winner from Brock.
Zurak earned his first victory in his team-high ninth appearance. Shane Kemp (Kirkwood CC) was charged with the loss.
The Dutchmen head back on the road on Tuesday for a 7:05 game with the Newark Pilots. The next home game is Wednesday, July 3, when the Dutchmen battle the Glens Falls Golden Eagles.
The Dutchmen will host a Here’s to America Helmbold’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, where the first participant to down five Helmbold’s hot dogs will win four Dutchmen season tickets, a gift certificate to Helmbold’s and a trip for two to Foxwoods Resort and Casino.
The Amsterdam Mohawks defeated the Utica Brewers by a score of 7-1, extending their win streak to nine games. The Mohawks took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on a monstrous homerun by leftfielder, John Razzino, (Franklin Pierce), and never looked back.
Utica’s centerfielder, Cedric Mullins, (Louisburg) lead off the game by reaching on an error by Jack Czeszeweski (Illinois State), and came around to score on a double by Hayden Kelly (Polk State College). That would be the only run the Brewers would score all game. The Mohawks tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Jonathon Pryor doubled and then came around to score on a Jake Salpietro (Fairfield) single.
HOT DAWGS NIP BREWERS 7-6-PGCBL ACTION
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs got their fifth straight win in a hard-fought road game Friday night against the struggling Utica Brewers by the final of 7-6.
The DiamondDawgs jumped out to the early lead on an RBI double by Zach Collett (New Haven) in the first inning. In the fourth, they roughed up Utica starter, Marcos Martinez, (Citrus CC) for four runs to extend their lead to five.
DiamondDawgs starter, Nick Petrella, (Skidmore) was phenomenal, pitching six innings and only allowing one run.
In the eighth, down 6-1, the Brewers’ bats came alive and began a rally. They started off the inning with four consecutive walks to cut the lead down to four.
Then, third baseman, Jabari Gayle, (Northwest Florida State) ripped a two-run double down the line in left to make it 6-4.
The DiamondDawgs picked up an insurance run in the ninth, but the Brewers came roaring back once again.
Hayden Kelly (Polk State College) drew his second bases loaded walk in as many innings to cut the lead to two. Gayle then grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Cedric Mullins (Louisburg College).
However, closer Anthony Pastrana (Dominican (NY)) forced Chris Sims (Thomas University) to pop up to end the ballgame.
Both teams will be in action on Saturday. The DiamondDawgs, who are now tied for the best record in the league, will host the Newark Pilots, the team they are tied with, while the Brewers look to snap their losing skid in a doubleheader at home against another struggling team, the Elmira Pioneers.
ADIRONDACK BLAZES PAST BREWERS-PGCBL MATINEE6/10
The Utica Brewers played another thriller against the Adirondack Trail Blazers for their special matinee matchup on Tuesday.
However, the Brewers would come out on the losing end this time. They would lose their second straight extra innings game, falling 8-7 in 11 innings.
The win for Adirondack snapped their four-game losing streak. However, this victory didn’t come easily.
The Brewers had a 6-0 lead after seven innings led by first baseman, Corey Lerche, (Gloucester CC) who had a homer and two RBI and starting pitcher, Pat Boyle, (Sinclair CC) who threw six scoreless innings.
The Trail Blazers scored two in the eighth to cut the Utica lead to four. Then, in the ninth, they plated five to take a 7-6 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Just like the last meeting, closer, Pat Geraghty, (NJIT) blew the one-run lead. This time the tying run scored on an Adirondack error.
With two outs, Hayden Kelly (Polk State College) hit a grounder to the first baseman. Geraghty failed to catch the flip from the first baseman, allowing the inning to continue and the tying run to score.
Adirondack scored one in the top of the eleventh to take the lead back at 8-7.
The Brewers did not go quietly as they got the tying run to second base, before running out of outs.
The Trail Blazers will be on the road for their next game as they take on the Albany Dutchmen while the Brewers will be back at home at Murnane Field tomorrow night as they host the Elmira Pioneers. First pitch for tomorrow set for 7:00.