By Josh McMullen – Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs

LITTLE FALLS, NY – It was not a matter of if the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs would have a breakout game and snap their four-game losing streak, it was when.

“When” came on Saturday night, as Brody Rasmussen racked up three RBIs in a 7-1 win over the Watertown Rapids.

Mohawk Valley got on the board first, as Watertown pitcher Mason Collins (Cottondale, AL/Stillman) walked the first two batters he saw. Brody Rasmussen (Meridian, ID/University of Maine) made him pay with a hot grounder down the left field line to score Cristino Tufano (Babylon, NY/George Washington). Cole Yennaco (Windham, NH/Merrimack) brought home Diego Tavarez (Spotswood, NJ/Wagner) with a walk with the bases loaded to extend the lead to two in the bottom of the first inning.

Rasmussen scored Tufano again in the second with a sharply hit ball to left field. He would come home on a towering home run by Justin Hurd (Warwick, NY/SUNY Albany).

Watertown got on the board in the third on a bouncing ball by Dylan Wanat (Buffalo, NY/Augusta) to right field. That hit would score John Panstares (Westlake, OH/College of Wooster) from third base.

Collins and reliever Derrike Goutremont (Chaumont, NY/SUNY Oswego) managed to load the bases in the fourth on two hits and a walk. Rasmussen picked up his third RBI of the game, scoring Ryan Frontera (Red Bank, NJ/Seton Hall) on an RBI groundout.

Bryce Phelps (Denver, IA/Wagner) picked up an RBI of his own in the sixth, bringing home Rasmussen on a single.

That was all Mohawk Valley would need, as returning Diamond Dawg Hayden Duke (Mattapoisett, MA/Salve Regina) followed up a lead-off hit-by-pitch with three straight strikeouts to end the game.

Jacob Lapham (Troy, NY/Hudson Valley CC) got the win for Mohawk Valley (2-4). Collins got the loss for Watertown (2-5), who are now on a four-game losing streak

The Diamond Dawgs are back in action on Sunday for the second part of their home-and-home with the Watertown Rapids. Mohawk Valley will be back at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Tuesday to play the Oneonta Outlaws. Watertown will host the Boonville Lumberjacks on Monday.

Photos by Dave Warner