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  • PGCBL: DiamondDawgs' losing streak ends in Watertown

  • JUNE 20 PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE



    John Means got the better of Wednesday’s duel with reigning Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Pitcher of the Week Rene Solis and the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Watertown Wizards.

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  • MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 9, WATERTOWN WIZARDS 2
    John Means got the better of Wednesday’s duel with reigning Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Pitcher of the Week Rene Solis and the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the Watertown Wizards.
    Means (1-1) struck out 11 batters and was charged with two unearned runs over 6 2/3 innings. The Fort Scott Community College left-hander reclaimed the league’s strikeout lead with his second double-digit outing in three starts; he has 27 strikeouts and a 1.02 ERA in 17 2/3 innings for the DiamondDawgs.
    Mohawk Valley errors led to single runs in the second and third innings and Watertown held a 2-1 lead before the DiamondDawgs tallied three runs in the top of the fourth. Solis walked Eric Helmrich with one out and back-to-back errors by shortstop Sal Ciccone loaded the bases with DiamondDawgs. Tom Valichka’s double drove two runs home and Jonathan Scott scored on Tyler Heck’s bunt.
    The DiamondDawgs added to its lead in the fifth with the first home run of the summer hit by Chris Cruz, the Ivy League leader in that category this spring at Cornell University. Cruz also had a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and a run-scoring single in the ninth.
    Means limited the Wizards to two hits through six innings and was relieved by Aaron Casper after allowing three more in the seventh. Riley Norton doubled with one out but was thrown out by Scott when he tried to steal third base. Derek Hagy and Cole Gleason followed with singles before Casper was summoned to the mound. Casper retired Christian Hickman on a pop-up to second base then struck out the side in the eighth. Sal Lisanti pitched the ninth to close out the win.
    David Del Grande and Mark Stuckey each had two hits for the DiamondDawgs. Stuckey and Heck each scored two runs.
    Means, Casper and Lisanti combined to strike out 16 Wizards.
    Solis was honored as the league’s top pitcher for the opening week of the season after making two starts against defending champion Newark and allowed one earned run on 12 hits while striking out 15 batters in 15 innings. Three of the six runs he allowed Wednesday were earned as he struck out nine batters over seven innings. Solis leads the league in innings pitched and trails only Means with 24 strikeouts.
    Hagy had two hits and walked twice for Watertown. Norton also had two hits.
    The DiamondDawgs are home Thursday to play their Pink Game for breast cancer awareness against the Elmira Pioneers. Little Falls’ Evan Davis is the scheduled starter on the mound for Mohawk Valley.
    MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 9, WATERTOWN WIZARDS 2
    Mohawk Valley    001 310 103 — 9  8  3
    Watertown    011 000 000 — 2  5  4
    John Means, Aaron Casper (7), Sam Lisanti (9) and Jonathan Scott. Rene Solis, Kyle McNutt (8) and Edgardo Salas. W — Means 1-1. L — Solis 1-1. 2B — Mohawk Valley, David Del Grande, Tom Valichka; Watertown, Riley Norton. 3B — Mohawk Valley, Tyler Heck. HR — Mohawk Valley, Chris Cruz. Attendance — 1,327. Records — Mohawk Valley 4-7; Watertown 5-7.
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