Jeff Pexton-MHTS–PGI Photo
Not since the days of the Little Falls Mets and the Utica Blue Sox, of the New York Penn League, has there been a meaningful baseball rivalry between the two tradition rich cities.
Much has changed this summer, as the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League now has franchises at Murnane Field in Utica and just down the New York State Thruway at Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls.
If you are looking to watch some of the best college baseball players from all over the country, do check out the PGCBL. The quality of baseball is simply excellent.
In Utica, the Brewers join the Diamond Dawgs and the PGCBL after several seasons in the New York Collegiate Baseball League, where Utica won a National Championship just two years ago.
Tonight, under the lights at Murnane, the Brewers and the Dawgs locked horns for the first time and it was the Diamond Dawgs who prevailed, by a score of 7-5, in ten innings.
The DDawgs scored three runs in the top of the tenth inning, then held on to defeat the Utica Brewers in their first meeting with the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League newcomers.
Craig Lepre entered the game defensively in the bottom of the ninth inning and delivered the tie-breaking hit in the tenth, a two-run single with the bases loaded and one out.
The DiamondDawgs added a run when Joey Tracy grounded out.
The Brewers, who came back from a 4-0 deficit to send the game to extra innings, scored on an error in the bottom of the tenth and got the tying run to the plate with one out.
Mike DeCarlo got the start and lasted five innings. DeCarlo allowed just two earned runs and scattered five hits.
Mohawk Valley improved to (6-5) on the season, 4th place in the PGCBL East Division. Utica drops to (3-7) in the West.
Mohawk Valley jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings. The Dawgs grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Dalton Herrington singled and later scored when Willie Shaw ripped an RBI, producing a double.
Herrington was 3-5 with an RBI and scored two runs to help pace the winners. Wille Shaw was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Trey Hunt was 2-4 for Mohawk Valley.
A big three run second helped the visitors open up a 4-0 lead. Casey Rodrigue drove Trey Hunt home with the Dawgs second run to mske it 2-0 when he flied out to center.
Joey Tracy made it three zip, as he scored on an RBI single by Sam Hall. Dalton Herrington picked up his second hit of the game and a run batted in, as Mike Fischer found his way home with the Dawgs 4th run.
The Brewers pulled within 4-2 on a long home run by second baseman, Michael Pierson, in the bottom half of the third.
Pierson, of Applachian State University, is this week’s PGCBL Player of the Week. He entered tonight’s game with a .465 batting average. Pierson was 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 3 runs batted in. Jay Gonzalez had two hits for Utica.
Neither team was able to plate a run in the eighth or ninth, but Mohawk Valley pushed three runs across in the top half of the tenth to take a 7-4 lead.
The Brewers did manage a run in the bottom of the tenth when, you guessed it, Michael Pierson singled and later scored to make it 7-5, which is the way this one would come to a close.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow evening in Little Falls for a twilight doubleheader, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs 7 Utica Brewers 5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Mohawk Valley 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 10 0
Utica 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 5 6 1