June 14, 2017 - Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) - Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs
LITTLE FALLS, NY - After a relatively long night in Adirondack on Tuesday (in which they got the 2-0 win), the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs had an early start in an exhibition game. They sent every single child from five different schools home happy, as they filled Veteran's Memorial Park with kids from all over the Mohawk Valley, then gave them a show, winning 7-5 in a seven-inning game.
The first run for the Cages Baseball Club came on their first hit of the game, on a slow roller down the third base line by Ryan Wadsworth (Castleton State). That hit would score Tom Benz (Williams College), who had reached earlier on an error by the Mohawk Valley left fielder.
The Diamond Dawgs would get that run back in the bottom half of the second, and then some, as they would start out with a 2-RBI fly ball to left field by Tyler Laird (Treasure Valley CC) that would score Nico Ramos (Siena) and Justin Kiesow (Mercy College). A single and a sacrifice fly by two Norfolk State Spartans, Johnny Mayer and Quenten Thomas, would score two more in the second.
Mohawk Valley picked up one more in the bottom of the third off the bat of Kiesow. His RBI single to right field scored Tim Zeng (Fairfield).
The Cages Baseball Club would get another one in the top of the fourth, on a sacrifice by Matt Braman (Southern Vermont). That sacrifice hit would score pinch-hitter Dillon Benham (Castleton State) and pull the Cages Baseball Club to within three, at 5-2.
The Diamond Dawgs got the run right back, this time on a passed ball that would bring home Zack Coker (Alabama). Another run, this time off the bat of another RBI single by Olive, would bring home Kiesow.
Another two run would come in for the Cages Baseball Club in the sixth. The first came on an RBI single from Braman that would score Thaylen Harrison (Salve Regina University). A passed ball from reliever Russ Olive would score Benham, while a walk off Mohawk Valley reliever Clay Chatham (Dartmouth) with the bases loaded would score Braman.
Local player Nico Ramos (Siena), normally a catcher for the Diamond Dawgs, showed off his pitching prowess in the seventh, knocking down two of the four batters he faced to put a ribbon on the field trip game.
Sell would pick up the win for Mohawk Valley, who even their exhibition record for the season to 1-1. Denis Cooney (St. Michaels College) would pick up the loss for the Cages Baseball Club.