By Josh McMullen – Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs

LITTLE FALLS, NY – You think the bats weren’t alive for the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs?

After Tuesday night, everyone should be thinking differently.

Five different Diamond Dawgs had multi-RBI nights in a 14-0 dismantling of the Oneonta Outlaws, and all but one had at least one run in the five innings that were played before the run rule was called.

Justin Hurd (Warwick, NY/SUNY Albany) got the scoring going for Mohawk Valley just four batters into the home half of the first, slamming a ball into left field to bring home Diego Tavarez (Spotswood, NJ/Wagner).

Oneonta starter Cullen Condon (Wofford) walked the bases loaded in the second, and Tavarez would make him pay with a full-count single to center field. That hard-hit ball scored Levi McAllister (Concord, NH/SUNY Albany) and Jason Campo (North Babylon, NY/Stony Brook). Bryce Phelps brought home another two Diamond Dawgs in the third – Brody Rasmussen (Meridian, ID/Maine) and Luke Nomura (Maplewood, NJ/Fairfield) with a hard-hit triple to the right field wall.

Oneonta miscues would bring home the next two runs, as Phelps came home on a throwing error on a pickoff play. McAllister also came home on a passed ball. That ended Condon’s day after 2 1/3 innings; he would be substituted for Daniel Bello (Walden, NY/Saint Rose). Cristino Tufano (Babylon, NY/George Washington) would score Campo on a fielder’s choice to extend the lead to eight. One last run would come home in the third on an RBI single by Rasmussen.

Phelps extended the lead to ten in the fourth with a line drive to left field to score Nomura. Tufano would also get into the RBI party, bringing home Campo on a bouncing single to left field. Hurd would get another two RBIs on a towering double to center field to put the lead at 14.

Jack Montayne (Canajoharie, NY/SUNY Poly got the win for Mohawk Valley (3-4). Condon was saddled with the loss for Oneonta (6-3).

The Outlaws will head back east on Wednesday to take on the Saugerties Stallions at Cantine Field before a home-and-home series with the Amsterdam Mohawks on Thursday and Saturday. Mohawk Valley will be back in action with a doubleheader against the Watertown Rapids on Thursday at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

Photos by Dave Warner