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  • PGCBL: Newark snaps Mohawk Valley's three-game win streak


    Herkimer County Community College’s Michael DeCarlo gave the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs another strong start on the mound Thursday but the team’s three-game winning streak reached its end with a 2-1 loss to the Newark Pilots at Veterans Memorial Park.

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    Herkimer County Community College’s Michael DeCarlo gave the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs another strong start on the mound Thursday but the team’s three-game winning streak reached its end with a 2-1 loss to the Newark Pilots at Veterans Memorial Park.
    DeCarlo, making his first Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League start and pitching in a game for the first time since he helped the Generals defeat Onondaga Community College May 17 in Little Falls in the first round of the NJCAA’s Region III tournament, went five innings and struck out six batters but took the loss on two unearned second-inning runs. The runs were the first allowed by Mohawk Valley starters in 20 innings; DeCarlo and fellow starters Jared Dye, Logan Carman and Gavin Culpepper have thrown 23 innings without an earned run being charged.
    While the pitching was solid once again for Mohawk Valley, the DiamondDawgs struggled at the plate and on the bases.
    “We just didn’t perform well offensively today,” manager Roberto Vaz said. “There were too many pop-ups and we didn’t execute a bunt.”
    The bunt, a pop-up itself, started a costly double play in the seventh inning. An earlier inning was sabotaged when the DiamondDawgs had a runner thrown out after rounding first base too aggressively.
    “That’s the story of the game, those two plays,” Vaz said. “If we execute the bunt, if we don’t get picked off, who knows? In a 2-1 game it’s the little things that happen early that usually make the difference.”
    Newark took advantage of a throwing error by Mohawk Valley and scored its two runs in the second inning. Joey Simmons, another Region III player from Finger Lakes Community College, got the Pilots started with a one-out single. Jake Hanson followed with a hit and Simmons scored on an errant throw from right fielder Landon Thibodeaux to third base. The error left Hanson on third and he scored when Sam Fox grounded out to shortstop.
    The two runs would be enough to support Southeast Missouri State University left-hander Will Spitzfaden as the Pilots won for the first time this season.
    The DiamondDawgs got their run against Spitzfaden in the third inning. Trey Hunt III sent a sinking line drive into center field that got past Simmons for a double. Hunt moved to third base when Mike Fischer grounded out then scored when Casey Rodrigue did the same.
    Mohawk Valley got back-to-back hits from Willie Shaw and Dalton Herrington with one out in the fourth but Newark right fielder Josh Ludwig threw behind Herrington and caught him off first base for the second out. Joey Tracy lined out to end the inning after Spitzfaden walked Jordan Serena.
    Newark had a chance to extend its lead against Taylor Wright in the top of the sixth inning. Jacob Russell and Max Rosing singled to start the inning then each moved up a base on a bunt. Russell was thrown out trying to score on Simmons’ grounder to Tracy at third base. Hanson lined out to second base on a 3-2 pitch.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Pilots had consecutive hits again with two outs in the seventh before Tyler Bray relieved Wright and struck Russell out to end the inning.
    Serena led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single and the DiamondDawgs opted to play for the tying run. Tracy bunted foul once then popped up his second attempt. Hanson, Newark’s catcher, caught the ball in foul territory then threw to first base to double off Serena who had already slid into second base.
    Spitzfaden set Mohawk Valley down in order in the eighth inning and reliever Donald Frew got the first two batters in the ninth. Herrington singled into left field then stole second base to put the tying run in scoring position for Serena who flew out to center field to end the game.
    Spitzfaden went eight innings for Newark, allowing six hits and walking one batter while striking out three.
    “He did a good job,” Vaz said. “He made our hitters make a decision on every pitch, even on pitches that were balls.”
    Serena and Herrington each had two of the DiamondDawgs’ seven hits and Herrington’s stolen base was his seventh through five games.
    Rosing and Ludwig had two hits each for the Pilots who struck out 12 times against the three Mohawk Valley pitchers. The sidearming Bray fanned five batters in 2 1/3 hitless innings.
    Newark’s win was just the second for a Western Division team in interdivisional play. The Eastern Division was 6-1 entering play Wednesday.
    The DiamondDawgs were rained out of Thursday’s home game against the Utica Brewers. They travel to Boonville to meet the Adirondack Trail Blazers for the second time Friday. The Trail Blazers defeated Utica, the other PGCBL newcomer from the New York Collegiate Baseball League, 18-15 at the Dr. Robert Smith Sports Complex Wednesday; the teams combined to set a record for the highest-scoring game in the third-year league and Adirondack’s Luke Emling hit the first grand slam of the season.
    Mohawk Valley returns to Little Falls Saturday for a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader against Glens Falls.
    Newark    020 000 000 — 2  9  0
    Mohawk Valley    001 000 000 — 1  7  2
    Will Spitzfaden, Donald Frew (9) and Jake Hanson. Michael DeCarlo, Taylor Wright (6), Tyler Bray (7) and Mike Fischer. W — Spitzfaden 1-0. L — DeCarlo 0-1. Sv — Frew (1). 2B — Mohawk Valley, Jordan Serena, Trey Hunt III, Fischer. Attendance — 584. Records — Newark 1-2; Mohawk Valley 3-2.

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