By Josh McMullen – Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs

LITTLE FALLS, NY – It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

Judging by that, the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs had an up-and-down night in their doubleheader on Thursday night.

The Diamond Dawgs got off to fast starts in both games, but couldn’t hold the lead in the opener, dropping the first game 5-2 and winning the second, 6-0.

Mohawk Valley started fast out of the gate in the first inning of Game One, thanks to a 2 RBI single by Justin Hurd (Warwick, NY/SUNY Albany). That hit would score Diego Tavarez (Spotswood, NJ/Wagner) and Brody Rasmussen (Meridian, ID/Lassen CC).

Watertown would strike back in the later innings, scoring four in the fifth thanks to a 2-RBI single by Domonic Morabito (Groton, CT/St. Peter’s). They’d tack on the other two just one batter later, on a home run to center field by Sam Meyer (Avon, OH/St. Joseph’s).

That was all Mason Collins (Cottondale, AL/Stillman) would need, as he held Mohawk Valley off the board in the last two innings to get the complete-game victory.

Colin Burke (Amherst, NH/Saint Michael’s College) got the loss for Mohawk Valley.

In Game Two, the Diamond Dawgs got out to another quick start, as Hurd scored two on a single that got bobbled by Watertown center fielder Morabito. He would come home on an RBI double to the center field wall by Luke Nomura (Maplewood, NJ/Fairfield). Nomura would come home as well, after some confusion on a called third strike.

Mohawk Valley added a fifth run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Hurd to score Cristino Tufano (Babylon, NY/George Washington). Tavarez would get one of his own in the fifth, scoring Major Pellien (San Marcos, TX/Cisco CC).

That was all the Diamond Dawgs would need, as reliever Matt Bruno (Rumson, NJ/George Washington) set the Rapids down in the seventh to earn the split.

Bo Buckley (Wyoming, Ontario, Canada/Fairfield) got the win for Mohawk Valley (4-5). Derrike Goutremont (Chaumont, NY/SUNY Oswego) got the loss for Watertown (4-8).

The Diamond Dawgs will be back in action on Friday night when they host the Amsterdam Mohawks. The Rapids will have a day off on Friday before hosting the Utica Blue Sox on Saturday.

Photos by Dave Warner