Dutchmen Defeat ValleyCats in Annual Exhibition
TROY, N.Y. - The Albany Dutchmen scored five runs in the second inning and defeated the Tri-City ValleyCats by a score of 10-4 in an exhibition game at Joe Bruno Stadium.
The Dutchmen won their second game in five total meetings between the two teams. The last Dutchmen win came in 2017 when Albany won 3-2
Albany batted around in the second inning due to Valleycats' pitchers Jayson Schroder and Hansel Paulino lack of control. The first two Tri-City arms walked two batters and hit four during the second inning. A Ben Metzinger (Louisville) double with the bases loaded broke the game open and accounted for two of the five runs in the inning. The ValleyCats in total walked eight batters and hit five Dutchmen hitters.
"We weren't chasing that stuff," said Dutchmen Head Coach Nick Davey "Good teams take advantage of those opportunities and we were disciplined today."
Albany's pitchers also had a strong outing allowing six hits on the day. Though three were home runs, the Dutchmen staff buckled down after the fifth inning and allowed no runs on one hit. Ryan Greco (Brockport), coming off walking four in his last outing, walked two today but battled with the bases loaded and got a strikeout and fielder's choice to end the 8th.
"The way he competed was really important," said Davey "He could have accepted it but he didn't."
Today's game served as a unique opportunity for Albany who got to play an affiliated professional team. It was also education day at the ballpark, as more than 4000 kids filled the seats to watch Albany's victory.
"I think today helps the team's confidence and the belief that their talent can play with anybody," said Davey.
Albany's next game is against the Amsterdam Mohawks on Thursday, June 13th at Shuttleworth Park. Game time is set for 6:45 p.m. Albany's next home game is a doubleheader against the Oneonta Outlaws on June 15th. The first game starts at 3:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit dutchmenbaseball.com.
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