By Josh McMullen

LITTLE FALLS, NY – The Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs combined for seven hits over two games on Friday night, but it was the seventh one that sent everyone home happy. Mohawk Valley and Saugerties tied 2-2 in the first inning of their doubleheader and then got the walk-off win, 2-1 in the Friday night nightcap.

In Game One, the Stallions got on the board first in the first on a hot grounder to center field by Bayram Hot (Marist). That hit would bring home Nate Manley (Wright State).

That was the way the score would stay until the bottom of the seventh when Brody Rasmussen (Meridian, ID/Maine) tied it up on an RBI single that scored Diego Tavarez (Spotswood, NJ/Wagner). Saugerties would bring home another runner in the form of pinch runner Tyler Bak (Wofford). He came home in the top of the eighth on an RBI triple by Mario Trivetta (State College of Florida).

The Diamond Dawgs would not say die, though, tying the game up in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Cristino Tufano (Babylon, NY/George Washington). That sacrifice fly brought home Justin Hurd (Warwick, NY/SUNY Albany) and end the game in a 2-2 tie.

In Game Two, the score remained knotted at zero until a walk with the bases loaded brought home Manley in the sixth. The Diamond Dawgs tied it up in the bottom of the inning on an RBI triple by Phelps that brought home Tavarez.

It would stay knotted at one until Luke Nomura (Maplewood, NJ/Fairfield) hit a ball that was too hard for Saugerties second baseman Hot. TJ Schmalzle (Hawley, PA/Fairfield) brought home the winning run, which brought much cheering at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Tyler Hodella (Miller Place, NY/Bridgeport got the Game Two win for Mohawk Valley (12-10-3). Vince Fusco got the loss for Saugerties (18-6-2).

Mohawk Valley will have an off day on Saturday before its second doubleheader in three days against the Albany Baseball Club at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Saugerties will be back in action on Saturday when they travel to Boonville to take on the Lumberjacks.

Photos by Dave Warner