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  • PGCBL: LFHS grad Davis returns to Veterans Memorial Park mound

  • JUNE 14 PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE Mohawk Valley DiamondDawg Evan Davis made his longest start in more than a year Thursday and he did it on familiar soil — the mound at Veterans Memorial Park. He threw eight innings in an exhibition game against the New Rochelle Ath...
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  • MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 7, NEW ROCHELLE ATHLETICS 1
    There’s no place like home.
    Mohawk Valley DiamondDawg Evan Davis made his longest start in more than a year Thursday and he did it on familiar soil — the mound at Veterans Memorial Park. He threw eight innings in an exhibition game against the New Rochelle Athletics and led his squad to a 7-1 victory on the mound he called home through four varsity seasons at Little Falls High School.
    “After the first couple innings I really got into it,” said Davis who allowed one run on two hits, all in the second inning. “I’m not disappointed at all. It was a good start.”
    Davis started one game this spring as a Marist College freshman. He had not pitched more than five innings in any game since the end of his final high school season in 2011. He struck out eight batters Thursday and walked three. The DiamondDawgs turned two double plays behind him and did not commit an error.
    “We got the double plays when we needed them,” Davis said. “When they got people on base it seems like we made plays.”
    The first twin killing ended the second inning and the Athletics went without a hit after that. Jeremy Lewis had led off the inning with a single and advanced on a ground out. Nick Albero singled to left and drove Lewis home to tie the game at 1. Davis then fielded Nick Saviano’s bouncer back to the mound and started a 1-6-3 double play.
    “All around, we just played a better game,” manager Roberto Vaz said. “No errors. Double-digit hits. A good start from Davis.”
    Davis’ start made a positive impression on his new coach.
    “I was pleased with what I saw from him,” Vaz said. “He got ahead of hitters and kept the ball down.”
    Davis walked his first batter with two outs in the fourth inning. He walked Saviano with one out in the fifth and erased him on a double play. Michael Negrin walked leading off the sixth inning and stole second base before Davis picked him off. Davis retired the final eight batter he faced after picking Negrin off and faced the minimum number of batters over his final 4 1/3 innings.
    “I wanted to go the whole game,” Davis said, “but I threw 97 pitches and coach said that was enough.”
    Jesse Buratt pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning and struck out two of the three batters he faced.
    Davis pitched three scoreless innings in relief in the DiamondDawgs’ home opener Friday against Watertown. He had been schedule to mke his first start Wednesday against Glens Falls but got backed up when Tuesday’s game was rained out. Instead he took the mound for a 10:30 a.m. start on school field trip day in front of elementary groups from several area schools.
    Page 2 of 2 - Chris Cruz singled in a run in the first inning after David Del Grande reached base on an error leading off.
    The DiamondDawgs tallied twice in the third inning and went ahead for good. Del Grande led off with a single, stole a base and scored on a hit by Joe Carcone. Jonathan Schott delivered another run with a two-out hit.
    Two more runs came in  the fourth when Eddie Sorondo led off with a double and scored on a Tom Valichka’s triple to left-center. Valichka scored when Tyler Hall grounded out.
    Hall picked up his second RBI with an eight-inning single. Jack Morrow also drove in a run.
    Del Grande was the only player with two hits for either team. The DiamondDawgs had 11 hits spread among 10 different players.
    While the win will not help Mohawk Valley in the standings it was a positive step after back-to-back losses at home earlier in the week dropped the team to 2-4. Thursday’s game was the seventh played by a team that has been together for nine days.
    “You’re either going forward or you’re going backward,” Vaz said. “Right now, we’ve taken several steps forward. I think the Cooperstown game (Monday) was the only time we’ve taken a step back.”
    The DiamondDawgs return to Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League competition Friday with Joe Michaud taking the mound at home against the Albany Dutchmen.
    MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 7, NEW ROCHELLE ATHLETICS 1
    New Rochelle    010 000 000 — 1   2  2
    Mohawk Valley    102 200 02X — 7 11  0
    Alex DePasquale, Christian Nichols (4), Joe Paulus (8) and Jeremy Lewis. Evan Davis, Jesse Buratt (9) and Jonathan Scott. W — Davis. L — DePasquale. 2B — Mohawk Valley, Eddie Sorondo. 3B — Mohawk Valley, Tom Valichka. Attendance — n/a.

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