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The Telegram
  • PGCBL: DiamondDawgs play annual school field trip game

  • JUNE 17 PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE



    The rain held off just long enough Monday for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs to complete their annual school field trip game at Veterans Memorial Park.



    The exhibition game was stopped at the end of the ninth inning with Mohawk Valley tied 4-4 with the Staten Island Tide of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League.

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  • MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 4, STATEN ISLAND TIDE 4
    The rain held off just long enough Monday for the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs to complete their annual school field trip game at Veterans Memorial Park.
    The exhibition game was stopped at the end of the ninth inning with Mohawk Valley tied 4-4 with the Staten Island Tide of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. DiamondDawg players signed autographs for departing fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from seven area school districts and the assembled youngsters left the park as the first drops began to fall. All of the children were on their buses before the first roll of thunder could be heard.
    Willie Shaw, an infielder at the College of William and Mary, impressed in his first mound work since leaving California’s Golden West College. The right-hander allowed just one base-runner — on an error — through the first four innings and induced a double play grounder from Tyler Clark after John Fussel led off the fifth with the Tide’s first hit.
    Another error by the DiamondDawgs led to two runs in the top of the sixth inning and gave Staten Island a short-lived lead. Mohawk Valley got the runs back in the bottom of the sixth. Matthew Festa hit Matt Zanotta with a pitch and Joey Tracy followed with a single. A passed ball moved the runners into scoring position and Brett Zaziski sent the tying run home with a ground ball to first base. Catcher Craig Lepre drove his SUNY-Albany teammate Tracy in with a two-out single and the DiamondDawgs led 3-2.
    Trey Hunt III doubled in the bottom of the seventh and scored on a single by Zanotta to put the DiamondDawgs up by two runs.
    After Taylor Wright pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning, the DiamondDawgs turned to another infielder and gave Casey Rodrigue a turn on the mound. Juan Bueno and Fussel drove in runs with back-to-back two-out hits and tied the game at 4.
    The DiamondDawgs went hitless against Matthew Kostalos in the final two innings and Troy Applin retired the Tide in order in the top of the ninth. After Zaziski flew out to end the bottom of the ninth the teams lined up to shake hands and call it a day.
    The DiamondDawgs outhit the Tide 10-6. Tracy went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run and an RBI; relief pitcher Tyler Bray batted once in his spot and contributed a single, as well. Lepre added two hits while Rodrigue and Sam Dexter each had one out of the leadoff spot.
    Sporting the same number — 13 — worn last summer by Jesse Buratt, Shaw struck out five batters and walked one through six innings; both runs charged to him were unearned. Applin retired all four batters he faced.
    Buratt, also an infielder by trade who saw time on the mound in junior college, threw the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s first no-hitter for the DiamondDawgs during the first game of a doubleheader in Albany last July 11. Buratt transferred from Baton Rouge Community College and played third base at Southeastern Louisiana University in the spring.
    Page 2 of 2 - Fussel and Fabio Ricci each had two hits for Staten Island.
    MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 4,
    STATEN ISLAND TIDE 4
    Staten Island    000 002 020 — 4   6  1
    Mohawk Valley    010 002 100 — 4 10  2
    Jason Perez, Mitchell Hillert (3), Matthew Festa (5), Mike Doran (7), Matthew Kostalos (8) and Tyler Clark, George Kantzian (6). Willie Shaw, Taylor Wright (7), Casey Rodrigue (8), Troy Applin (8) and Craig Lepre. 2B — Mohawk Valley, Trey Hunt III.
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