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DIAMOND DAWGS EXORCISE OLD GHOSTS SEND DUTCHMEN HOME 3-2

DIAMOND DAWGS EXORCISE OLD GHOSTS SEND DUTCHMEN HOME 3-2

Joshua McMullen 7/31

For the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs, it was about exorcising old ghosts in this one-game playoff.

ball21-121x130They went into the playoffs last year, facing the same team they faced this year—the Albany Dutchmen– and sent the fans home disappointed with an 11-inning loss.

Just like the Curse of the Bambino before it, the Diamond Dawgs would exorcise the ghosts of Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, beating the Dutchmen 3-2 for their first ever playoff win in PGCBL history.

For the first four innings, it was a back-and-forth pitcher’s duel between starters Nick Petrella (West Sayville, NY/Skidmore) and Jake Welch (Spencerport, NY/Notre Dame College). As a matter of fact, for those four innings, neither a single Dutchman nor Diamond Dawg made it past second base, before Albany’s James Locklear got to third in the top of the fifth.

ball21-121x130Mohawk Valley would finally get on the board in the bottom of the fifth, as a single by Trey Stover (Lock Haven, PA/Hartford) would score Eric Strano (Robbinsville, NJ/Rider). They would pick up another run on a sacrifice hit by Gus Craig (Columbia), which would score Joey Carcone (Utica, NY/St. Rose). One batter later, a double by Zach Collett (Westbrook, Maine/New Haven) would extend the lead to three, as he would score Stover.

Welch would have a very good outing for the Dutchmen, going 6 1/3 innings and only giving up those three runs– all of them earned– before being pulled for Jose Hernandez (Perth Amboy, NJ/Dean College). Petrella would pitch even better, only allowing four hits and no runs in 7 2/3 innings before being pulled by Lucas Godlewski (Little Falls, NY/Herkimer College).

ball21-121x130Albany would pull the lead back to one in the top of the eighth inning, as a bouncing single to right field by Cameron Miller (Houston, TX/Baylor) would score Danny Hrbek (Effort, PA/Radford) and Ernie Clement (Rochester, NY/Virginia). Godlewski would get out of a second-and-third jam just one batter later, as he would strike out Nick Jewett (Phoenix, AZ/Trinity) to get out of the eighth.

Hernandez would go 1 1/3 innings of one-hit ball for the Dutchmen before being pulled for Austin Foote (Lake Zurich, IL/Indiana) in the bottom of the eighth. He would strike out only one batter, Diamond Dawg left fielder Michael Triller (Rutland, VT/Clemson), before being pulled for Kyle Zurak (East Amherst, NY/Radford). Zurak would fan right fielder Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY/Sacred Heart) to end the inning.

ball21-121x130Godlewski would only play one inning for Mohawk Valley, allowing the only two runs for Albany, both of them earned, as he would be pulled for Bryan Greig (New City, NY/Mercy). Greig would slam the door on the Dutchmen’s season, striking out three Dutchmen to end the game.

Petrella would get the win for the Diamond Dawgs. Welch would be saddled with a very tough loss.

With the win, Mohawk Valley moves on to the Eastern Division finals, where they will face an old rival, the Amsterdam Mohawks. Game One will be played Friday at Shuttleworth Park.

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Joshua McMullen 7/22

WATERTOWN, NY- A night after being swept in a doubleheader against Newark, the Watertown Rams swept a doubleheader at home against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. The Rams are now just a win or an Adirondack loss from clinching a spot in the PGCBL playoffs.

Game One:

The Watertown Rams offense finally broke out en route to a 7-2 win over the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in game one of a doubleheader at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. Mitch Sewald (LSU) picked up the win for the Rams, while Nick Petrella (Skidmore) took the loss for the DiamondDawgs.

ball21-121x130Watertown scored first, getting a lone run in the bottom of the third to take a 1-0 lead. After Drew Hercik (East Stroudsburg) singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second via two sacrifice bunts, Willi Martin (Mount Olive) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score the Rams’ third baseman.

Mohawk Valley got the run back in the top of the fourth on a Greg Fazio (Rider) RBI single to center field, scoring Mike Triller (Clemson). Watertown retook the lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs to make it 4-1. Ben Wylly (San Diego) singled up the middle to lead off the inning and Jason Scholl (Eastern Illinois) was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second for Hercik. With two strikes, Drew Hercik hit a three-run home run just inside the foul pole for his first long ball of the summer.

The Rams added a lone run in the fifth, as Dominic Lopez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) scored on a wild pitch after singling to left center earlier in the inning. Fazio added his second RBI of the game for Mohawk Valley in the top of the sixth, hitting a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Colin Hawk (Cincinnati).

ball21-121x130Willi Martin hit his second sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth that scored James Bonds (San Diego). Chris Gaetano (Monmouth) followed with an RBI single to center field that scored Nick Moore (Missouri). Jon Escobar (Holy Cross) tossed a scoreless seventh inning to preserve the win for the Rams.

The Rams had four players get multiple hits, with Bonds, Santino Alteri (Alvernia), Wylly and Hercik all getting two hits. Hercik didn’t just produce offensively; the Rams’ third baseman made several terrific plays defensively that helped save runs. Both Triller and Gus Craig (Columbia) had two hits for Mohawk Valley, combining for four of the eight DiamondDawg hits.

Watertown starter Mitch Sewald moved to .500 on the season with a solid start for the home team. The right-hander allowed two runs (both earned) in six innings of work to get the win. Sewald struck out five batters and induced eight ground ball outs. Sewald’s fly ball to ground ball ratio is 0.4, lowest among all qualified Rams pitchers. Mohawk Valley starter Nick Petrella tossed five innings and allowed five runs (four earned) in taking the loss. The right-hander is now 4-3 on the season.

Game Two:

The Watertown Rams used another solid performance from their starting pitcher and their offense en route to a 9-2 win over the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in game two of the doubleheader in Watertown.

ball21-121x130Mohawk Valley struck first to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Gus Craig (Columbia) hit a long two-run home run to right field that scored Jayson Sullivan (Sacred Heart) after Sullivan singled to lead off the inning. It was Craig’s fourth home run of the season.

Watertown answered in the home half with three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Willi Martin (Mount Olive) reached base on an error and Chris Gaetano (Monmouth) followed with a single. Shane Dressler (VCU) sacrificed the runners to second and third and Joe Deluca (Niagara County CC) drove them in with a 2-RBI single to left center. Brandon Mikulka (Creighton) added an RBI single with two outs to give the Rams the 3-2 lead.

The Rams added three more runs to extend their lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the third. Nick Moore (Missouri) led off the inning with a single, Willi Martin advanced Moore to third with a double down the left field line and Shane Dressler picked up his first RBIs of the summer with a 2-RBI single to right center that scored Moore and Martin. Dressler later came around to score on a Drew Hercik (East Stroudsburg) RBI single to right field.

ball21-121x130Watertown scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to go up 9-2. Martin singled to left to lead off the inning and advanced to second on an error on the play. He came around to score on a wild pitch and a throwing error by Mohawk Valley catcher Andy Lalonde (Southern New Hampshire). James Bonds (San Diego) hit a 2-RBI single later in the inning to score Gaetano and Hercik and give the Rams the 9-2 lead.

James Bonds, Willi Martin and Shane Dressler all had two hits for the Rams and Chris Gaetano reached base three times. Jayson Sullivan went 2-for-3 for Mohawk Valley.

Kyle Simmons (Coker College) picked up hos first win of the season with five solid innings. Simmons allowed just the two runs (both earned) on four hits while only walking one batter. Jason Martin (Cortland State-Fall 2014) threw two innings of scoreless relief. Ed Lewicki (Siena) allowed the nine runs (six earned) in 4.2 innings to take the loss. Lewicki is now 2-1 on the season.

Watertown returns back to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Friday night to face the Adirondack Trail Blazers, who were eliminated from the playoffs with Watertown’s sweep. Mohawk Valley hosts Elmira for a doubleheader at Veterans Memorial Park with first pitch of game one scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

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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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