ALBANY, N.Y. — Nick Davey was named Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Coach of the Year Friday after guiding the Albany Dutchmen to their first-ever postseason appearance.
Davey’s Dutchmen finished in a third-place tie with Glens Falls in the PGCBL’s East Division with a franchise-record 26 victories during the regular season. Albany then defeated the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs 6-5 in 11 innings at Veterans Memorial Park for its first playoff victory. The Dutchmen’s season ended with a 2-1 loss in their best-of-three series against eventual PGCBL champion Amsterdam.
Twenty-eight of Albany’s 48 regular season games were decided by two runs or less and the Dutchmen won 17 of those games. Albany played 20 one-run games, winning 13; both of the Dutchmen’s playoff wins came in one-run games.
Albany led the PGCBL with five walk-off victories at Bob Bellizzi Field. The Dutchmen swept a June 20 doubleheader with a pair of walk-off hits against Amsterdam.
A wet start to the season forced the Dutchmen to play 13 doubleheaders and 30 of their 48 regular season games in July. After a hot start that saw Albany win nine of its first 10 games, the Dutchmen remained competitive and posted a 14-12 record in games played during doubleheaders. The team’s record never fell back to .500 or below.
Locked in a tight playoff race with Mohawk Valley and Glens Falls at the end of the regular season, the Dutchmen played 35 innings over the final two days of the regular season, winning a 16-inning contest in Glens Falls in the second game of a doubleheader on the final night to clinch their playoff spot.
The win in Little Falls the following night was the eighth extra-inning game played by the Dutchmen.
Albany’s pitching staff ranked third in the league in earned run average (3.36) with Keene State’s Dylan Collett winning the individual title at 1.71. University of Richmond-bound Matthew Dacey won the home run derby at the PGCBL All-Star Game in Newark and tied for second in the league with six home runs.
Davey completed his fourth season with the Dutchmen. Over those four years, Davey has compiled 82 victories. He has increased Albany’s win total in each year, from 16 in his inaugural season to 18 then 22 in 2012.
Davey also completed his first season as head coach at Albany’s Christian Brothers Academy in the spring.
Past winners of the PGCBL’s Coach of the Year award were Cooperstown’s Eric Coleman in 2011 and Amsterdam’s Keith Griffin in 2012.