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DAWGS GET IT DONE IN HIGH SCORING PGCBL SHOWDOWN

DAWGS GET IT DONE IN HIGH SCORING PGCBL SHOWDOWN

Joshua McMullen 7/22

The Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs and Albany Dutchmen spent most of their game Tuesday night in Little Falls scoring runs in bunches.

ball21-121x130Both teams would score five runs before the sixth inning, but it would be the Diamond Dawgs who would score more, as they scored four in the seventh and three in the eighth, defeating the Dutchmen, 12-5.

The Diamond Dawgs jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, as Zach Collett (Westbrook, ME/New Haven) slapped a bouncing ball to the second-third gap that Albany shortstop Danny Hrbek (Effort, PA/Radford) could not catch, scoring Joey Carcone (Utica, NY/St. Rose).

They would add on another run soon after, as a throwing error by Albany first baseman Alex Jewett rocketed into left field, scoring Eric Strano (Robbinsville, NJ/Rider). A wild pitch by pitcher Juan Hernandez (Perth Amboy, NJ/Dean College) would score Collett a few batters later. Hernandez would face eight Mohawk Valley batters before putting out three straight to end the inning.

ball21-121x130Mohawk Valley would tack on two more in the very next inning, as a long single to center field by Colin Hawk (Beech Grove, IN/Cincinnati) would score Carcone and Andy LaLonde (Bedford, NH/Southern New Hampshire).

The Dutchmen would get some runs back in the top of the third inning, as Hrbek slammed a home run to right-center to cut the lead to 5-1. Sean Aspinall (Upland, CA/Azusa Pacific) would cut the lead to three four batters later, as his RBI single would score Ernie Clement (Rochester, NY/Virginia) from second.

Albany would chip away at the lead further, getting one more run back in the fifth inning, as a passed ball by LaLonde would score Clement. They would get another just one batter later on a throwing error by Carcone to close the lead to 5-4. They would tie the score one more batter later, as an RBI single by Justin Brock (Latham, NY/Franklin Pierce) would score Cameron Miller (Houston, TX/Baylor).

ball21-121x130Diamond Dawg starter Mike DeCarlo (Wynantskill, NY/Herkimer College)started out stellar, not giving up a hit before Hrbek’s home run, but then began faltering, seeing eight Dutchmen in the third and seven in the fifth before being pulled by reliever Evan Kissinger (Baton Rouge, LA/LSU-Eunice) in the top of the sixth inning. Hernandez would not allow another run in his six innings of work for the Dutchmen and he would be pulled for Dylan McGee (Katy, TX/Trinity) in the seventh.

Mohawk Valley would pull back ahead in the seventh, as a double by Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY/Sacred Heart) squirted past the shortstop, into left field and scored Strano. Mike Triller (Rutland, VT/Clemson) would extend that lead to three, as a 2-RBI single would score both Hawk and Sullivan.

That would end McGee’s night after only 2/3 of an inning, getting pulled for Josh Ferry (Lemont, IL/Illinois). Gus Craig (Eugene, Oregon/Columbia) would extend the lead to four on a double, scoring Triller, but would get caught trying to stretch it into a triple to end the inning.

ball21-121x130Kissinger would throw 2 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, throwing two strikeouts for the Diamond Dawgs before being pulled for Nick Petrella (West Sayville, NY/Skidmore) in the top of the eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth Mohawk Valley would send another run home, courtesy of a wild pitch by Ferry that would score Greg Fazio (Fair Hills, NJ/Rider). That would be the last pitch Ferry would throw, as he would be pulled for Jamie Young (Lipscomb). Young would continue walking in runs, as he walked in LaLonde to extend the lead to six. Triller would add another run on a single to center field that would score Carcone. Ferry and Young would combine to face nine Diamond Dawgs in the inning before striking out Craig to end the inning.

Dylan Boisclair (Cumberland, RI/Millersville) would pitch 1 2/3 innings to slam the door on the Dutchmen and extend the Diamond Dawgs’ winning streak to two games. The Dutchmen, with the loss, extend their own losing streak to two games as well.

ball21-121x130Kissinger would pick up his first win for Mohawk Valley, upping his record to 1-2. Ferry would get the loss for Albany, dropping his record to 0-1 in 12 appearances.

Starting tomorrow, the Diamond Dawgs will play six games in three days in the form of three doubleheaders, starting at East Field in Glens Falls as they will face off against the Golden Eagles. Albany will try to keep pace for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division as they will have an off day on Wednesday before facing the same Glens Falls team on Thursday.

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OLYMPIAN ERIN HAMLIN VISITS VET’S PARK AS DAWGS WIN

Joshua McMullen 7/21

ball21-121x130Even though the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs’ colors are green and black, every player, Diamond Dawg and Amsterdam Mohawk alike, was seeing red, white and blue Monday night.

That was because Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin was in attendance in Little Falls, there to throw out the first pitch and accept a proclamation by mayor Bob Peters. Hamlin, a native of Remsen, NY, won the bronze medal in Luge in this year’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia, becoming the first American woman to medal in luge in any Olympic Games.

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The Diamond Dawgs would get on the board first, as a big triple by catcher Eric Strano (Robbinsville, NJ/Rider) in the first inning would score leadoff hitter Joey Carcone (New Hartford, NY/St. Rose), who made his return to Veteran’s Memorial Park after an extensive absence from the team.

They would add another run on a fielder’s choice by Mike Triller (Rutland, VT/Clemson), which scored Strano. Mohawks pitcher Taylor Blatch (Stuart, FL/Florida State) would face seven Diamond Dawgs before getting out of a second-and-third jam to end the inning.

ball21-121x130The Diamond Dawgs struck again in the fifth inning, when Strano and Carcone hit back-to-back doubles, which scored Carcone. Mohawk Valley starter Bryan Greig (New City, NY/Mercy) was stellar for the Diamond Dawgs, allowing only one baserunner to get past first base before a line drive went off of his knee, and he was pulled for Enzo Esposito (Lawrenceville, NJ/Millersville). Greig, despite the injury, would still get the win, while Blatch would be saddled with the loss. Esposito continued the scoreless run for Mohawk Valley (21-15) before being pulled.

The Mohawks (29-9) would finally get on the board in the top of the eighth inning when reliever Matt Pidich (Aberdeen, NJ/Pittsburgh) would walk a run in with the bases loaded. That was as close as the Mohawks would get, as Pidich would only allow one baserunner in the ninth to close the door.

ball21-121x130With the win, the Diamond Dawgs snap a three-game losing streak.

Mohawk Valley hopes to keep their winning ways going tomorrow night as they come back to Veteran’s Memorial Park to face the Albany Dutchmen. The Mohawks will try to keep their losing streak at one as they head back to Shuttleworth Park to face West cellar-dweller Utica.

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Brandon Hiller

The Amsterdam Mohawks took both games in a doubleheader against the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. Both games were decided by a score of 4-2. John Razzino (Franklin Piercce) homered in the first game for the Mohawks and Tommy Kain (Lynn) hit a go-ahead two-run homerun in the second game.

Game 1

ball21-121x130The Mohawks won the first game of the doubleheader 4-2. Tommy Kain and Alex DeBellis (Lynn) each had an RBI double to make an impact for the Mohawks.

John Razzino gave the Mohawks a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning with an opposite field homerun.

The Diamond Dawgs responded with two runs in the top of the third inning. The Diamond Dawgs played some small ball and did a “hit and run” to move Greg Fazio (Rider) over to third on a Trey Stover (Hartfrod) single. Fazio would score on a wild pitch. Zach Collett (New Haven) then singled Stover home to give Mohawk Valley a 2-1 lead.

Tommy Kain tied the game for the Mohawks with an RBI double in the fifth inning that scored Josh Gardiner (Radford).

The Mohawks would tack on two more in the sixth inning on a Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) sacrifice fly. Alex DeBellis drove in Tommy Kain with an RBI double, to make the game 4-2. That would be all for the scoring.

Ryan Clark (UNC-Greensboro)earned the win for the Mohawks, and Nick Petrella (Skidmore)took the loss for the Diamond Dawgs.

Game 2

ball21-121x130In an absolute thriller, the Amsterdam Mohawks came from behind to beat the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs by a score of 4-2 in game two of the doubleheader. After not being able to hit Evan Kissinger (LSU-Eunice) well all night, the Mohawks exploded for four runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Tommy Kain went 2-3 with two RBI and a clutch homerun to give the Mohawks the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth inning. E.J. Ashworth (Fairfield) started out shakily for the Mohawks by giving up two runs in the first inning. He persevered through five innings of work and struckout eight batters.

Colin Hawk (Cincinatti) started things off for the Diamond Dawgs with a homerun to left field to give the Diamond Dawgs a 1-0 lead. Jayson Sullivan (Sacred Heart) also doubled in the inning to bring in Gus Craig (Columbia). The Diamond Dawgs lead 2-0 after the first, but would fail to plate another runner the rest of the game.

ball21-121x130The game remained 2-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning. The Mohawks had trouble all night trying to hit Mohawk Valley’s version of Amsterdam’s Thomas Hackimer (LSU-Eunice), Evan Kissinger. Kissinger, the submarine pitcher, had only allowed three hits and no runs through five, while striking out three batters.

Everything unraveled for Mohawk Valley in the sixth. Marcus Carson (Kentucky) led off the inning with a single. Jake Salpietro (Fairfield) flied out, but Josh Gardiner followed that with a double down the left-field line to move Carson to third. John Razzino grounded a ball towards second and Carson scored from third.

Brendan Tracy (Fairfield) then crushed a ball off the wall in left-center field to tie the game at 2-2. After the tying double, Tommy Kain hammered a ball over the left field fence to give the Mohawks the lead for good.

Andy Ward (Florida State) finished the top of the sixth inning so he earned the win. Zach Breen (Barton) closed the game out for Amsterdam and earned his fifth save of the year. Kissinger took his second loss of the season.

Amsterdam will play Glens Falls in Glens Falls on Sunday. Mohawk Valley will travel to Utica to take on the Brewers.

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Joshua McMullen 7/18

As Yogi Berra said, it was déjà vu all over again.

ball21-121x130Just like Wednesday night, the Utica Brewers and the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs met in a doubleheader, this time in Veteran’s Memorial Park in Little Falls. Utica split that doubleheader with Mohawk Valley, winning the first game 4-3 in twelve innings and dropping the second, 5-2.

However, it would/would not be the same result, as the Diamond Dawgs swept/split the Brewers, winning game 1, 6-2, and winning/losing game 2.

In Game 1, it started out as a pitcher’s duel between Mohawk Valley’s Ed Lewicki (Siena College) and Utica’s John McGinty (Hartford) for the first few innings, with only four people reaching third base in the first three innings.

Unlike Wednesday night, however, Mohawk Valley would strike first in the fourth inning, as Eric Strano (Rider) hit a shot to right-center field for a 2-RBI double, scoring Michael Triller (Clemson) and Jayson Sullivan (Sacred Heart).

ball21-121x130Andy LaLonde (So. New Hampshire) would score Strano two pitches later on a laser beam right up the middle. The Brewers would face all nine Mohawk Valley batters in that inning as the Diamond Dawgs battered McGinty for four runs before they finally got out of the inning. McGinty would be pulled after the inning.

Utica got two of the runs back in the fifth inning, as Strano bobbled the throw from Sullivan on a hit by Adam Pexton (Utica College), allowing Niovel Ruiz-Diaz (Queensborough CC) to score from second. Pexton would score on a fielder’s choice by Zac Hardy two batters later, but an unassisted double play by Greg Fazio (Rider) would leave the Brewers still down two and get Lewicki out of a bases-loaded jam.

Mohawk Valley would extend the lead back to four in the bottom of the fifth, as Sullivan lasered a ball past the Utica shortstop, scoring Gus Craig (Columbia). Strano would make up for his mistake in the top of the inning, as he would score Sullivan on a fielder’s choice two batters later.

ball21-121x130Lewicki would slam the door in the seventh, letting Reno Rankin get to third before getting the next three Brewers in order, upping his record to 2-0. McGinty would get the loss for Utica, dropping his record to 0-3.

In game 2, an unusual visitor appeared in the park before the game. A baby calf was brought in to Veteran’s Memorial Park as part of the Diamond Dawgs’ “Salute to Cows,” promoting the dairy industry in New York State. Also, during the game as part of the promotion, a large ice cream sundae was made in the park to be enjoyed by players and fans alike.

 

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