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  • PGCBL: Newark defeats Dawgs again


    The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs quieted Newark’s bats Monday but their pitchers’ generosity helped the Pilots grab a 3-2 win at Veterans Memorial Park.

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    The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs quieted Newark’s bats Monday but their pitchers’ generosity helped the Pilots grab a 3-2 win at Veterans Memorial Park.
    Two days after the reigning Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League champions set a franchise scoring record in a 19-6 win over the DiamondDawgs at Colburn Park, the Pilots managed only three hits in the rematch. Newark took advantage nine walks and three hit batters; the Pilots scored two runs on one hit in the third inning then broke a 2-2 tie by scoring a run without a hit in the fifth.
    The DiamondDawgs, who had Sunday off, had walked 11 batters and hit six in Newark Saturday. They lead the league with 16 hit batsmen through nine games this season and rank second with 53 walks in 20 fewer innings than leader Cooperstown.
    Starting pitcher Cameron Sorgie allowed one Newark hit but was pulled after 4 2/3 innings when he walked the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Joe Perrotta replaced Sorgie and walked Sean Osterman to force what proved to be the winning run across the plate.
    Perrotta would not walk another batter in his 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out four batters and allowed two hits.
    Sorgie’s line included seven walks, two hit batters and three strikeouts. He walked Tyler McDonald to start the third inning but a force play erased McDonald and Josh Crowdus was thrown out trying to steal second base. With two outs and the bases empty, Sorgie walked Ben Bostick and hit PGCBL player player of the week Joe Landi before Brent Langston doubled and drove both runners home.
    Mohawk Valley answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Mark Stuckey singled and David Del Grande reached base on an error. Tyler Heck squeezed home the first run and Chris Cruz followed with a run-scoring single.
    The DiamondDawgs loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning before Eddie Sorondo grounded back to pitcher Daniel Thorpe to start a home-to-first double play.
    Sorondo had earlier hit into a double play with the bases loaded in the second inning.
    Chris Rogers relieved Thorpe to start the seventh and was perfect for his first two innings. Jack Morrow led off the ninth with a double but was thrown out at third base on Jonathan Scott’s grounder to the mound. Hassan Evans ran for Scott and stole second base, putting the tying run in scoring position with one out. Rogers struck Sorondo out for the second out then picked Evans off to end the game.
    Morrow went 3-for-4 and raised his batting average from .217 to .296.
    Following Tuesday’s game against Amsterdam, the DiamondDawgs travel to Watertown Wednesday and return home Thursday for a game against Elmira’s Pioneers. The Pioneers are managed by Dan Schwam who spent the summer of 1995 in Little Falls as manager of the Mohawk Valley Landsharks. Jeff Kunion, the current PGCBL president and owner of the Pioneers, owned the Landsharks.
    Newark    002 010 000 — 3  3  1
    Mohawk Valley    002 000 000 — 2  7  1
    Daniel Thorpe, Chris Rogers (7) and Cash Barker. Cameron Sorgie, Joe Perrotta (5), Aaron Casper (9) and Jonathan Scott. W — Thorpe 2-0. L — Sorgie 0-1. Sv — Rogers (1). 2B — Newark, Brent Langston; Mohawk Valley, Jack Morrow. Attendance 524. Records — Newark 6-3; Mohawk Valley 3-6.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports