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The Times
  • PGCBL: Cooperstown wins, moves into tie for first place

  • JUNE 18 PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE



    Eann Cox limited the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs to two hits through seven innings Tuesday and the Cooperstown Hawkeyes moved into a tie for first place in the Eastern Division of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League with a 10-3 win at Veterans Memorial Park.

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  • COOPERSTOWN HAWKEYES 10,
    MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 3
    Eann Cox limited the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs to two hits through seven innings Tuesday and the Cooperstown Hawkeyes moved into a tie for first place in the Eastern Division of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League with a 10-3 win at Veterans Memorial Park.
    Cox, a right-hander from Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill., became the league’s first three-game winner and the Hawkeyes moved into a mathematical tie with Albany which lost for the first time this summer. Albany’s Dutchmen remain ahead of the Hawkeyes on percentage points.
    Eight Mohawk Valley errors contributed heavily to Cooperstown’s offensive output. The Hawkeyes took a 2-0 lead in the second inning without recording a hit, capitalizing instead on a walk and three errors. After Mohawk Valley scored three runs on one hit in the bottom of the second inning, the Hawkeyes took the lead back with three of their own in the top of the third. Cooperstown went ahead for good on a two-out, two-run single by catcher Nolan Ray.
    The Hawkeyes had a runner thrown out at the plate by Mohawk Valley center fielder Dalton Herrington in the fourth inning but added single runs in the fifth and sixth. They took advantage of two more errors in the seventh inning when they scored their final three runs.
    Matt Zanotta’s single drove home the first Mohawk Valley run and would be the DiamondDawgs’ only hit until the seventh inning when Casey Rodrigue popped a bunt over the head of Cox. Two more hits came in the eighth inning when Willie Shaw singled against reliever Mike Jeffers and was thrown out trying to score on Trey Hunt III’s double.
    The top of the second inning saw Cooperstown load the bases with a walk and two errors with one out. The Hawkeyes opened the scoring on Matt Feldt’s grounder to shortstop. The DiamondDawgs forced Ray out at second base but the relay to first was wild and allowed a second run to score on what could have been an inning-ending double play.
    In the bottom of the inning, Shaw walked, Hunt reached base on an error and Jordan Friend walked to load the bases with nobody out. Zanotta’s opposite field single brought home one run and another scored when Zanotta was forced out on Jordan Serena’s grounder. Serena stole second base as Craig Lepre took a third strike from Cox; Ray’s throw to second base went through into center field and allowed Friend to score the go-ahead run for Mohawk Valley.
    Brendan O’Reilly bunted for Cooperstown’s first hit leading off the third inning. Three of the Hawkeyes’ 11 hits came on bunts. O’Reilly scored on a fielder’s choice grounder to tie the game at three and Cooperstown loaded the bases for Ray’s go-ahead hit.
    Page 2 of 2 - Ray had two hits for Cooperstown, scored two runs and drove in three. O’Reilly and Nate Lotze each had two hits and scored twice and Ben Hall added a pair of hits.
    The loss was the fourth in a row for the DiamondDawgs at home and dropped the team to the .500 mark overall at 5-5.
    Mohawk Valley plays on the road Wednesday in Utica. The Brewers and DiamondDawgs have a doubleheader in Little Falls Thursday.
    COOPERSTOWN HAWKEYES 10,
    MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 3
    Cooperstown    023 011 300 — 10 11  3
    Mohawk Valley    030 000 000  —  3   4  8
    Eann Cox, Mike Jeffers (8), Cooper Jones (9) and Nolan Ray. Gavin Culpepper, Zach Williams (5), Stephen Carey (8), Taylor Wright (9) and Craig Lepre. W — Cox 3-0. L — Culpepper 1-1. 2B — Cooperstown, Nate Lotze; Mohawk Valley, Trey Hunt III. Attendance — n/a. Records — Cooperstown 6-2; Mohawk Valley 5-5.

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