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The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s East Division playoff race has been tight throughout the season. The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs helped make it a little tighter Monday.
The DiamondDawgs defeated Glens Falls 3-1 at East Field and created a temporary three-way tie for first place. Amsterdam’s win over Albany later in the evening moved the Mohawks into first place, half a game in front of Mohawk Valley and Glens Falls. The DiamondDawgs lead the Golden Eagles by five percentage points for second place. Albany, meanwhile, sits 1 1/2 games behind Amsterdam with three playoff spots to be had.
Mohawk Valley broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the seventh inning and added another in the ninth. Casey Rodrigue started the seventh with a single against Kevin Cowan who had relieved Ryan Davis to start the inning. Rodrigue moved to second base on a bunt by Trey Hunt III then stole third before scoring the go-ahead run on a two-strike squeeze bunt by Sam Dexter.
Rodrigue, the second-leading hitter for Glens Falls in 2012, singled again with one out in the ninth, stole second base, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a throwing error on another bunt by Dexter.
Jared Dye, who pitched a seven-inning complete game to beat Utica Friday, pitched two innings of hitless relief to save the victory for Mohawk Valley starter Gavin Culpepper. Culpepper allowed four hits while fanning four batters and walking four through seven innings. Dye struck out three Golden Eagles in his two innings; he allowed a single batter to reach base when he hit Jesse Jenner with two outs in the ninth.
The Golden Eagles had won the first five meetings between the two squads this season and had outscored the DiamondDawgs 39-17. They had scored at least four runs in each game.
Glens Falls owned the PGCBL’s best record at 19-10 after a 5-1 win at home against the DiamondDawgs July 11. The Golden Eagles have now lost six of their last 10 games.
The DiamondDawgs are 9-2 since that loss in Glens Falls.
Amsterdam gave up seven runs in the first inning of its game at home Monday but came back to take a 10-9 lead in the sixth inning on its way to a 13-9 victory.
Mohawk Valley and the rest of the East Division has Tuesday off and Wednesday is the PGCBL All-Star Game in Newark. The DiamondDawgs head to Newark Thursday for a doubleheader and return home Friday for a game against Adirondack.
Representing the DiamondDawgs at the All-Star Game will be pitchers Keegan Long and Tyler Bray, catcher Mike Fischer, first baseman Willie Shaw and outfielders Landon Thibodeaux and Dalton Herrington. Mohawk Valley’s six representatives are one more than Albany’s five and one less than the seven players on the East roster from Amsterdam and Glens Falls.
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Glens Falls 000 010 000 — 1 4 2
Gavin Culpepper, Jared Dye (8) and Mike Fischer, Craig Lepre (4). Ryan Davis, Kevin Cowan (7), Matt Eckelman (9) and Jesse Jenner. W — Culpepper 3-3. L — Cowan 2-1. 2B — Mohawk Valley, Trey Hunt III. Attendance — 618. Records — Mohawk Valley 22-15; Glens Falls 23-16.
Compiled From Times Staff Reports