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  • PGCBL: Helmrich lifts DiamondDawgs out of slump

  • JULY 20 PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE



    Eric Helmrich hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning and a two-run double in the eighth to lift the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs out of a slump and propel them to a 5-4 win over the Oneonta Outlaws Friday at Veterans Memorial Park.

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  • MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 5, ONEONTA OUTLAWS 4
    Sometimes it’s not just getting hits, it’s when those hits come.
    Eric Helmrich hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning and a two-run double in the eighth to lift the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs out of a slump and propel them to a 5-4 win over the Oneonta Outlaws Friday at Veterans Memorial Park. The Marist College outfielder’s league-leading eighth home run ended a 21-inning scoreless drought for the DiamondDawgs and the double proved to the game-winning hit that snapped a three-game losing streak.
    Coming off back-to-back one-hit losses, Mohawk Valley trailed 2-0 through 6 1/2 innings against Oneonta starter David Sosebee who had allowed four hits and not walked a batter. Jack Morrow drew the only walk from Sosebee to start the bottom of the seventh inning and Helmrich lined his next pitch into the netting above the left field fence to tie the game at 2.
    Zac Johnson put Oneonta back on to with a solo home run off Raymond Morton in the top of the eighth but the DiamondDawgs rallied against reliever Nick Cioffi in the bottom of the inning. Cioffi walked Tyler Heck with one out then a hard-hit ball off the bat of Chris Cruz went off the glove of second baseman Cory Hunt for a two-base error. Heck tagged up and scored the tying run when David Del Grande flew out to center field before Morrow drew another walk. With runners on the corners, Helmrich ripped a double over the third base bag and drove both home to give the home team its first lead of the night.
    Such successful swings in the late innings are becoming commonplace for Helmrich. He is 7-for-12 with six extra-base hits and 15 runs batted in from the seventh inning on since July 8; he has also walked three times, once intentionally, and twice been hit by pitches. Included in that stretch are game-winning hits July 10 against Newark and two days later against Glens Falls.
    Sal Lisanti took the ball for Mohawk Valley with a two-run lead to start the ninth inning and gave up a Zander Wiel home run on his first pitch. An infield hit and a bunt single put two Outlaws on base with two outs. Orlando Rivera worked a full count against Lisanti and fouled off two pitches before grounding to shortstop Tyler Hall for the final out.
    Rivera had driven in a run  earlier in the game. Hunt drove in the first run of the game with his second-inning double and Rivera had an RBI-single in the fifth. Rivera attempted to draw a throw by stealing second base with two outs but Mohawk Valley catcher picked Omar Garcia, the lead runner, off at third base.
    Garcia was 3-for-3 with a walk for the Outlaws. Wiel added two hits and Oneonta outhit Mohawk Valley 12-6.
    Page 2 of 2 - Heck and Helmrich each had two hits for the DiamondDawgs.
    The four runs batted in Friday pushed Helmrich, a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star, past Newark Pilot Brent Langston and into the league lead with 39.
    John Means, the PGCBL ERA leader entering the game, allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out three Oneonta batters over six innings.
    The DiamondDawgs will spend the weekend on the road, traveling to Newark Saturday and Amsterdam Sunday before returning home for a game Monday against Cooperstown.
    MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 5, ONEONTA OUTLAWS 4
    Oneonta    001 010 011 — 4 12  1
    Mohawk Valley    000 000 23X — 5   6  0
    David Sosebee, Nick Cioffi (8) and Shane Crain. John Means, Raymond Morton (7), Sal Lisanti (9) and Jonathan Scott. W — Morton 3-1. L — Cioffi 0-1. Sv — Lisanti (6). 2B — Oneonta, Zander Wiel, Cory Hunt; Mohawk Valley, Eric Helmrich. HR — Oneonta, Zac Johnson, Wiel; Mohawk Valley, Helmrich. Attendance — 719. Records — Oneonta 19-19; Mohawk Valley 22-16.
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