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  • PGCBL: DiamondDawgs homer four times in 9-3 win

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  • LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs played long ball Wednesday night and defeated the Adirondack Trail Blazers 9-3 at Veterans Memorial Park.
    Four DiamondDawgs hit home runs, including Trey Stover leading off the first inning and Zach Collett and Gus Craig back-to-back in the seventh. Mohawk Valley, which homered three times in Sunday’s 17-3 win over the Trail Blazers in Boonville, had never before hit four in one game in four years of Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League play.
    Right-hander Michael DeCarlo wiggled out of a jam in the first inning and held Adirondack to one run through six. Herkimer County Community College teammate Lucas Godlewski pitched a scoreless seventh and Anthony Pastrana got the final six outs.
    With Amsterdam’s game rained out, the victory moved the DiamondDawgs back within two games of the East Division-leading Mohawks.
    After Stover’s leadoff home run tied the game in the first inning, a two-run shot by Greg Fazio in the fourth gave the DiamondDawgs some breathing room in a game they already led 2-1.
    The Trail Blazers had loaded the bases with two hits and a walk in the top of the first before DeCarlo had recorded an out. Mike Carter tagged up and scored when when Alex Tuccio flew out to right but a pair of strikeouts left the other two runners stranded.
    Adirondack got a runner to third with two outs in the second inning and threatened again in the fifth. DeCarlo walked Alex Voitik with one out and Justin Korenblatt doubled; the runners were again left in scoring position when Alex Lushkevitch flew out and Tuccio struck out.
    Stover got the Mohawk Valley scoring started with his second home run of the season and the DiamondDawgs took the lead in the third inning when Colin Hawk’s two-out single was followed by a Collett double.
    Fazio’s two-run home run made it a 4-1 game in the fourth inning and Craig followed a hit by Collett with a triple to drive home another run in the fifth.
    Collett hit a three-run home run off reliever Jesse Whitmeyer in the seventh inning and Craig followed with a home run into the football bleachers in center for a 9-1 lead.
    With three hits and four runs batted in Wednesday, Collett finished the season 12-for-19 with three home runs and 11 runs batted in in six games against Adirondack this season. The DiamondDawgs swept the season’s series for the second straight year and are 12-0 all-time against Adirondack.
    The Trail Blazers added single runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Korenblatt led off the eighth with his second double and pinch-runner Dan Priore scored when Tuccio hit his second sacrifice fly.
    Kyle Coronel was credited with his third hit leading off the ninth inning and scored when pinch-hitter Alex Simone doubled. Anthony Pastrana walked the next batter and the game ended when the DiamondDawgs turned a double play with Priore batting for the first time.
    Page 2 of 2 - DeCarlo struck out seven batters, walked two and allowed six hits through six innings. Godlewski set the Trail Blazers down in order in his only inning and Pastrana allowed two hits and a walk while striking out two batters in two innings.
    Hawk and Craig each had two hits for Mohawk Valley. Stover, Hawk and Collett, the first three hitters in the lineup, all scored twice.
    Korenblatt and Lushkevitch each had two hits to go with Coronel’s three. Simone’s double was his ninth hit in 13 at-bats; he homered and doubled against Mohawk Valley Sunday in Boonville and was named Player of the Week Thursday.
    Former Herkimer Magician and Mohawk Valley Community College Hawk Bryan McGuire relieved Whitmeyer in the seventh inning and retired all five DiamondDawg batters he faced, three by strikeout.
    The DiamondDawgs played in Newark Thursday and have home games Friday against Glens Falls and Saturday against Newark. Saturday’s game will be followed by a fireworks show rescheduled from July 3.
    Adirondack 100 000 011 — 3 10 1
    Mohawk Valley 101 201 40X — 9 9 1
    Chas Parsons, Jesse Whitmeyer (7), Bryan McGuire (7) and Alex Voitik. Michael DeCarlo, Lucas Godlewski (7), Dylan Boisclair (8), Anthony Pastrana (8) and Eric Strano. W — DeCarlo 3-1. L — Parsons 0-2. 2B — Adirondack, Alex Simone, Justin Korenblatt 2; Mohawk Valley, Colin Hawk. 3B — Mohawk Valley, Gus Craig. HR — Mohawk Valley, Trey Stover, Zach Collett, Craig, Greg Fazio. Records — Adirondack 11-18; Mohawk Valley 18-7. Attendance — 655.
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