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The Telegram
  • PGCBL: DiamondDawgs, Brewers split doubleheader

  • JULY 21 PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE The Utica Brewers snapped a seven-game losing streak in the nightcap Sunday and earned a split of their doubleheader against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. Mohawk Valley was a 9-6 winner in the opening game, the comp...
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  • MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 9,
    UTICA BREWERS 6, completion of suspended game
    UTICA BREWERS 5,
    MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 4
    The Utica Brewers snapped a seven-game losing streak in the nightcap Sunday and earned a split of their doubleheader against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs.
    Mohawk Valley was a 9-6 winner in the opening game, the completion of a game suspended in the third inning July 7. Utica, having lost 12 of its last 14 games while slumping to the worst record in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, broke an eighth-inning tie in the second game and defeated Mohawk Valley 5-4.
    The split at Murnane Field left the DiamondDawgs tied with Albany’s Dutchmen in third place in the PGCBL’s East Division. Amsterdam was a 14-3 winner at Adirondack and moved within half a game of division leader Glens Falls which was beaten by the Dutchmen. The four teams are separated by one game in the race for three playoff spots.
    The teams picked up where they left off with Mohawk Valley leading 3-0 in the opener. DiamondDawg Dalton Herrington recorded the league’s second five-hit game of the season and teammate Jordan Friend had four of Mohawk Valley’s season-high 18 hits. Friend and Sam Dexter, who had three hits, each drove in two runs; Jordan Serena had three hits and scored three times. Michael McClellan had four hits and drove in two runs for the Brewers.
    The DiamondDawgs had a 3-0 lead in the second game before Utica scored two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth. Casey Rodrigue scored the tying run for Mohawk Valley on Landon Thibodeaux’s sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning but Utica took the lead again in the bottom of the inning when Joe Gallub was hit by a pitch, advanced on an errant pickoff throw and a wild pitch and scored on a Matt Hendricks single.
    Herrington had two more hits, scored a run and raised his batting average to .392 in Game 2. Jay Gonzalez had three hits for Utica and Hendricks had two hits and two runs batted in.
    Brewer Michael Pierson, the PGCBL’s leading hitter, went hitless in the first game but was 2-for-3 in the second to push his average back up to .403.
    Garrett Pierce, an outfielder who is no longer with the DiamondDawgs, was credited with one of the runs batted in before the suspension of the July 7 game. Serena and Herrington drove home the other runs in the three-run third inning.
    The Game 1 victory was the eighth in nine games for Mohawk Valley; the lone loss was 2-1 in extra innings against Amsterdam July 16.
    Much like the DiamondDawgs did for the K.C. Smith-Congdon Scholarship Fund at their Pink Game Saturday, the Brewers wore special jerseys for Sunday’s nightcap then auctioned them for charity. The purple Utica tops raised money for the Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York.
    Page 2 of 2 - The DiamondDawgs play their final game before the PGCBL All-Star break Monday in Glens Falls. They have Tuesday off before the All-Star Game and return to action Thursday for a doubleheader in Newark.
    MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 9,
    UTICA BREWERS 6, completion of suspended game
    Mohawk Valley    003 120 003 — 9  18  3
    Utica    001 020 111 — 6  12  3
    Jared Dye, Taylor Wright (3), Patrick Michon 6), Tyler Bray (9) and Mike Fischer, Craig Lepre (9). Sam Norman, Cody Miller (3), Jorge Pantoja (6), Ryan Butzer (9) and Nathan Mann, Michael McClellan (3). W — Wright. L — Norman. 2B — Mohawk Valley, Jordan Serena, Dalton Herrington, Casey Rodrigue, Sam Dexter; Utica, Ryan Valdes. Attendance — 200.
    UTICA BREWERS 5,
    MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 4
    Mohawk Valley    200 100 010 — 4   6  1
    Utica    000 220 01X — 5 11  1
    Willie Shaw, Patrick Michon (5), Taylor Wright (6), Zach Williams (7) and Craig Lepre. Monte Reese, Nick Schavone (7) and Chase Livingston. W — Schavone 1-1. L — Williams 0-1. 2B — Utica, Michael Pierson, Joe Gallub. Attendance — 410. Records — Mohawk Valley 21-15; Utica 12-22.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports
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