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    The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs split a wild doubleheader with the Albany Dutchmen on Saturday.



    The DiamondDawgs won the first game of the day 11-10 after a walk-off hit batsman, but dropped the second game 5-1 after a virtuoso performance from Albany starter Preston Hill.

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  • MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 11, ALBANY DUTCHMEN 10, first game
    ALBANY DUTCHMEN 5, MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 1, second game
    The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs split a wild doubleheader with the Albany Dutchmen on Saturday.
    The DiamondDawgs won the first game of the day 11-10 after a walk-off hit batsman, but dropped the second game 5-1 after a virtuoso performance from Albany starter Preston Hill.
    Both games in the doubleheader lasted seven innings, per league rules governing double-billed games.
    The DiamondDawgs took an early lead in the first game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first while starter Selby Brummett kept the Dutchmen scoreless until the fourth inning. Mohawk Valley piled on seven more runs before the seventh inning, including a solo home run from outfielder Cullen Wacker in the fifth inning.
    “We thought we had them there and we wanted to keep them down,” said Mohawk Valley manager Troy Gerlach.
    After his starter worked six strong innings, Gerlach sent Brummett back to the hill for the seventh.
    “He was getting better as he went,” said Gerlach.
    Brummett, however, was gassed. He allowed a leadoff single before recording the first out, and loaded the bases before picking up the second, a sacrifice fly from the Dutchmen’s Michael Deeds. Then Brummett plunked two batters — the second brought in a run and brought Gerlach to the mound.
    Gerlach went to closer Willie Gabay, who went five innings in a spot start against the Cooperstown Hawkeyes Tuesday. Gabay allowed four runs to tie the game at 10 before recording the final out of the inning. It was the fourth game in a row in which the DiamondDawgs gave up 10 or more runs.
    “It’s hard to win games when you’re giving up 10 runs,” said Gerlach. 
    The Dawgs entered the bottom of the seventh looking for a single run to end the game. Instead, Nic Spence and Hassan Evans recorded quick outs, and the game seemed slated for extra innings.
    But Dutchman reliever Tim Haley proceeded to load the bases with walks, including an intentional pass to Mohawk Valley’s Tyler Townsend, putting the winning run on third. Albany manager Nick Davey went to Damon Valloreo for the final out. Valloreo ended the game when his first pitch thumped Wacker in the back, bringing in the winning run.
    “It’s just one of those things,” said Gerlach. “It’s how crazy baseball is. You give up a six-spot to tie it up, we get two quick outs and the next thing you know we got the bases loaded. It’s crazy how the games work.”
    The win gave the DiamondDawgs a 3-0 lead on the Dutchmen in their season series.
    Catcher Bryan Bleakley led the offense. He went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and five RBIs. Wacker was 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run, and Townsend went 2-for-3 with two walks in the leadoff spot.
    Page 2 of 2 - The DiamondDawgs were looking to improve their record against the Dutchmen to 4-0 in the second game, but ran straight into Hill.
    “He’s a really good pitcher,” said Gerlach. “He can throw all three of his pitches for strikes and he did a good job keeping us off balance.”
    Hill retired the side in order in three innings and did not allow a run until the seventh.
    The DiamondDawgs had a runner at third in the first inning and loaded the bases in the third, but Hill worked out of both jams.
    Hill struck out 10 batters, allowing just four hits. He issued one walk.
    “We had chances to score, but sometimes you’ve got to tip your cap to the pitcher,” Gerlach said. “Tonight, Preston Hill was pretty good and he was better than us.”
    DiamondDawgs starter Tyler Kane worked six innings, striking out seven. The Dutchmen picked up two runs in the third, when Kane caught a line drive and attempted to double up. His throw to second went off-line and allowed two runs to score, giving Albany the lead and the go-ahead run.
    The DiamondDawgs did not score until the seventh, when Zach Ciccotti tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Nic Spence.
    The DiamondDawgs, now 7-17 on the season, take on the Watertown Wizards at home on Tuesday. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
    MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 11, ALBANY DUTCHMEN 10, first game
    Albany    000 301 6 — 10  13  0
    Mohawk Valley    321 013 1 — 11  12  0
    Selby Brummett, Willie Gabay (7) and Bryan Bleakley. Chase Tokunaga, John Porter (3), Tim Haley (6), Damon Valloreo (7) and Will Remillard. W — Gabay 2-0. L — Haley 0-3. 2B — Mohawk Valley, Tyler Townsend, Bleakley, Nic Spence. HR — Albany, Remillard; Mohawk Valley Bleakley 2.
    ALBANY DUTCHMEN 5, MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 1, second game
    Albany    002 001 2 —  5  7  2
    Mohawk Valley    000 000 1 — 1  4  2
    Tyler Kane, Alex Lester (7) and Zach Ciccotti. Preston Hill and Ryan Welke. W — Hill 1-1. L — Kane 0-1. 2B — Albany, Taylor Drake; Mohawk Valley, George Hajjar. 3B — Mohawk Valley, Andrew Deeds, Nikko Echevarria; Mohawk Valley, Ciccotti. Records — Albany 9-14; Mohawk Valley 7-17. Attendance — 992.

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