by Josh McMullen – Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs
LITTLE FALLS, NY – Both the Saugerties Stallions and the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs had goals going into their doubleheader at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Tuesday. The Stallions were working to get up to .500, while Mohawk Valley was working to get above that mark.
They just didn’t know how hard they had to work to get it.
In the end, neither got what they wanted and remained right where they were in the PGCBL East standings. This is thanks to a doubleheader split, with Saugerties taking the first game, 4-0, and Mohawk Valley taking the nightcap, 12-7.
Game One remained scoreless until the fourth when doubles by Brandon Fish (Londonderry, NH/UMass Lowell) and Mason Speaker (Fort Worth, TX/TCU) scored Fish. They’d get another three in the fifth, thanks to a 2-RBI double by Speaker that scored Garrett Michel (Virginia Tech) and Brett Heckert (Wexford, PA/Pittsburgh). That hit by Speaker was accompanied by a sacrifice fly by Evan Goforth (Borden, IN/Indiana),
Alex Canney (/) picked up the win in Game One for Saugerties, while James Reilly picked up the save. Doug Marose (Laytonville, MD/Towson) got the loss for Mohawk Valley.
In Game Two, Kip Fougerousse (Linton, IN/Indiana) got things going for the Stallions just four batters in, with an RBI double to score Garrison Berkley (Aledo, TX/TCU).
Four of the first five Diamond Dawgs to come to the plate in the bottom of the first reached base – three walks and one hit batsman, Noah Lucier (Sandown, NH/Fairfield). Lucier’s bruise scored Zach Brush (New York Mills, NY/LeMoyne) and tied the game up at one. Another walk to Orlando Pena (New Jersey City, NJ/Coastal Carolina) scored Marshall Awtry (Hockessin, DE/Goldey-Beacom) and gave the Diamond Dawgs the lead. Jimmy Sullivan (East Hampton, CT/UMass Lowell) extended the lead further on a fielder’s choice, scoring Garrett Musey (Millville, NJ/Goldey-Beacom).
David Shackelford (La Habra, CA/Arizona) cut the lead to one in the second with a solo home run to left field. The Stallions took the lead on a two-RBI double by Berkley.
Musey got the Diamond Dawgs the lead back in a big way, with a grand slam in the second to give Mohawk Valley a 7-4 lead. The grand slam was only the Diamond Dawgs’ second hit of the game up to that point.
The lead would be cut to one in the third, thanks to a 2-RBI double by Colin Mackle (Toms River, NJ/Marist). Mackle’s Marist classmate, Niko Amory (Coopersburg, PA/Marist), brought him home and tied the score with a double of his own.
The Diamond Dawgs would not give up, however, and got the lead back in the bottom of the fourth, thanks again to Pena. His two-run home run to center field gave the Diamond Dawgs a 9-7 lead. They’d add two more to it in the fifth, thanks to a passed ball by Pete Durocher (Emerson, NJ/Manhattan) and an RBI single by Pena.
Mohawk Valley would add another run in the sixth, thanks to a bloop RBI single by Awtry that scored Ethan Valdez (Tampa, FL/Wagner). Valdez was the beneficiary of two of the three errors Saugerties made to start off the sixth.
That would be all Ethan Patch (Whitehall, NY/Carson-Newman) would need, only allowing two hits the rest of the way to close the book on the doubleheader.
Dom Spinoso (Syracuse, NY/Virginia Wesleyan picked up the win in Game Two for Mohawk Valley (10-10), while Patch picked up the save. TJ Lopez got the loss for Saugerties (10-11).
Mohawk Valley is on the road on Wednesday, taking a trip down I-90 to Falcon Park to face the Auburn Doubledays, while Saugerties will travel back to Cantine Veteran’s Memorial Field to host the Glens Falls Dragons.
Photos by Dave Warner