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  • PGCBL: DiamondDawg Fischer named all-star MVP; East wins 7-3

  • JULY 24 PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE Mike Fischer’s defensive skills put him in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game Wednesday. One swing of his bat earned the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs catcher the game’s most valuable player award....
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  • EAST DIVISION 7, WEST DIVISION 3
    Mike Fischer’s defensive skills put him in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game Wednesday. One swing of his bat earned the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs catcher the game’s most valuable player award.
    Fischer led off the second inning with a home run to give the East Division the lead in an eventual 7-3 victory at Colburn Park.
    Each team put two runs on the board in the first inning. The East took a 2-0 lead on run-scoring singles by Glens Falls Golden Eagle Josh Anderson and Amsterdam Mohawk Dylan Smith. The West answered with Elmira Pioneer Chris Kalousdian’s RBI-double; Kalousdian later scored on a two-out error.
    Fischer led off the second inning with his home run down the left field line against Watertown Ram Joe Adel. The home run was Fischer’s first in wooden bat competition; he has five hits — four singles and a double — in 40 at-bats this summer after hitting .203 with one home run as a second-team Ivy League All-Star for Columbia University in the spring.
    Two more runs came home in the second for the East. Anderson delivered his second RBI-single and DiamondDawg Landon Thibodeaux delivered a sacrifice fly. Another run in the third inning put the East up 6-2.
    PGCBL batting leader Michael Pierson of the Utica Brewers homered for the West in the third inning and DiamondDawg Dalton Herrington capped the scoring with an RBI-single in the top of the eighth. Herrington’s hit was misplayed in center field, allowing the University of Louisiana-Monroe outfielder to advance to third base and attempt to score. Riley Moonan retrieved the ball and Utica shortstop K’Shawn Smith’s relay throw beat Herrington to the plate.
    Mohawk Valley pitchers Keegan Long and Tyler Bray each threw a scoreless inning for the East and the win was credited to Amsterdam’s Mike Urbanski who pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning. Nine East Division pitchers combined to allow three hits. The West went hitless after the third inning.
    Fischer, who singled in his second at-bat, is the second DiamondDawg to take home all-star most valuable player honors in three years of PGCBL play. Auburn University outfielder Cullen Wacker won the award in 2011.
    Fischer and Thibodeaux started for the East and along with teammates Herrington and Willie Shaw combined to go 3-for-7 with three runs batted in. Anderson and Fischer were the only East players with multiple hits among the squad’s 16.
    Prior to the game, Albany Dutchman Matthew Dacey won the annual home run  derby. Dacey homered once in the first round, once in the semifinals and three times in the final round to defeat Ram Tyler Decker and Golden Eagle Buddy Putnam. Putnam had the high totals for the first round (three) and semifinals (two). Thibodeaux, Mohawk Valley’s representative, was one of six players who were eliminated without hitting a home run in the first round.
    Page 2 of 2 - The DiamondDawgs began the final week of the regular season Thursday with a doubleheader in Newark. They play at home Friday against Adirondack with team chairman Tommy John in attendance and fireworks after the game. John, winner of 288 major league games, will sign autographs with a portion of the $10 fee to be donated to assist area flooding victims.
    EAST DIVISION 7, WEST DIVISION 3
    East Division    231 000 010 — 7 16  3
    West Division    201 000 000 — 3   3  3
    Matt Snyder, Eann Cox (2), Ryan Davis (3), Mike Urbanski (4), Tyler Bray (5), Zach Hopf (6), Keegan Long (7), Armand Rugel (8), Dylan Collett (9) and Mike Fischer, James Smith (5). Andrew Sanders, Joe Adel (2), Chas Parsons (3), Justin D’Amato (4), Parker Curry (5), Logan Grant (6), Nick Schavone (7), Austin Bartley (8), Donald Frew (9) and Collin Theroux, Bobby Slagle (4), Dave Hoffman (7). W — Urbanski. L — Adel. 2B — West Division. Chris Kalousdian. HR — East Division, Fischer; West Division, Michael Pierson. Attendance — 2,120.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports

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