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  • AUGUST 1 PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs held up their end of the bargain Wednesday by beating the Watertown Wizards 9-3 at the Duffy Fairgrounds. Then they got some help from the Glens Falls Golden Eagles. The DiamondDawgs...
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    The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs are playing on after a late -game rally Wednesday that mirrored their final surge at the end of the regular season.
    The DiamondDawgs pulled out a 9-3 win over the Watertown Wizards in their season finale at the Duffy Fairgrounds then waited for the outcome of a game in Glens Falls. The Glens Falls Golden Eagles held on to defeat the Oneonta Outlaws 8-5 at East Field and the DiamondDawgs grabbed the fourth and final spot in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s playoff field.
    To overtake the Outlaws who held a half-game lead at the start of the season’s final day, the DiamondDawgs needed to score seven runs in the last two innings to overtake Watertown for their third consecutive victory, all on the road. Oneonta gave the Mohawk Valley some restless moments in the ninth inning of its game; trailing 8-2, the Outlaws scored three runs and loaded the bases before Ben Mordini, a pitcher forced to bat with the Oneonta bench expended, grounded to second base for the final out against the Golden Eagles.
    Glens Falls had needed a win to wrap up the second seed for the playoffs and the home field advantage for its series against Newark.
    The DiamondDawgs begin the other semifinal series on the road Friday against top seed Amsterdam. Mohawk Valley will play Game 2 of its best-of-three series at Veterans Memorial Park Saturday at 7:05 p.m.
    Facing a must-win on the final day of the season, the DiamondDawgs sent Little Falls’ own Evan Davis to the mound. Winless in six previous starts, Davis turned in a strong outing against the Wizards, allowing three unearned runs on three hits while striking out seven batters through six innings. Nonetheless, Davis handed a 3-2 deficit to the bullpen after Mark Stuckey’s RBI-double pulled the DiamondDawgs within a run in the top of the sixth.
    One night after scoring six times in the eighth inning to take a lead in Amsterdam, Mohawk Valley rallied again in the eighth. Chris Cruz and Jack Morrow started the inning with singles and the DiamondDawgs tied the game with some aggressive base-running. Cruz stole third base then scored on the front end of a double-steal with Morrow drawing a throw to second. Morrow moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run on a single by pinch-hitter Jesse Buratt.
    Taylor Wright, who had set the Wizards down in order in the seventh inning, did so again in the eighth. The DiamondDawgs then took advantage of three Watertown errors and padded their lead in the top of the ninth. Tyler Heck and David Del Grande reached base on errors to start the inning. Mohawk Valley scored on RBI-singles by Morrow and Stuckey, a sacrifice fly by Cruz, an error in the outfield and a passed ball.
    Page 2 of 2 - Sal Lisanti struck out two of the four batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning to close out the win.
    Morrow finished the game 3-for-4 while Eric Helmrich added two hits and Stuckey had two hits and three runs batted in.
    Watertown had taken advantage of a throwing error in the first inning to put two runs on the board. Cruz scored when Stuckey grounded into a fielder’s choice in the top of the fourth but Watertown added a run on a passed ball with the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning.
    The Wizards managed a total of four hits with two coming in the first inning.
    The DiamondDawgs head to Amsterdam Friday having lost 10 of 12 games against the Mohawks during the regular season but knowing both of their wins came at Shuttleworth Park, including Tuesday’s 10-5 victory. Three of Mohawk Valley’s previous five losses to Amsterdam were one-run games and another was decided by two.
    Mohawk Valley    000 101 025 — 9 13  3
    Watertown    200 100 000 — 3   4  3
    Evan Davis, Taylor Wright (7), Sal Lisanti (9) and Jonathan Scott. Matt McClain, Brian Burns (3), Ryan Filipowicz (6), Kyle McNutt (7), Jonathan Perez (8), Jarrod Mattingly (9) and Edgardo Salas. W — Wright 2-0. L — Perez 1-1. 2B — Mohawk Valley, Mark Stuckey. 3B — Mohawk Valley, Eric Helmrich. Attendance — 926. Records — Mohawk Valley 25-21; Amsterdam 18-27.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports

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