LITTLE FALLS, NY – There are bad days and really bad days in the PGCBL. The Glens Falls Dragons had a really bad day at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Saturday. The Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs scored seven in the first and sixth innings and never looked back in a 21-5 boat race over Glens Falls.

The Diamond Dawgs got the bats going early on, as in the bottom of the first, three of the first four batters picked up doubles. Two of those, by Joseph Carpenter (Cornwall, PA/Delaware) and Nick Cimillo (Airmont, NY/Manhattan) would score Owen Wosleger (East Hampton, CT/Mount St. Mary’s), Justin Guerrera (Watertown, CT/Fairfield) and Carpenter. Cimillo would come home himself on a wild pitch, while yet another double hitter, Jacob Josey (Ellenton, FL/Florida Atlantic) would come home on an RBI single by Ryan Keenan (Lighthousen Point, FL/Vanderbilt). In all, Mohawk Valley would send twelve batters to the plate, scoring seven runs on seven hits, four of those extra-base hits.

Glens Falls would get one back in the second, as a wild pitch from Colby Rhea (Hinesville, GA/Savannah State) scored Nicholas Campana (Downington, FL/Monmouth). They’d get another three back in the fourth on a towering three-run shot by Jake Manderson (Ballston Spa, NY/George Mason).

Mohawk Valley extended the lead once again on an RBI single by Guerrera that would score Wosleger in the fourth. In all, the fourth inning featured ten Diamond Dawgs coming to the plate, scoring another six runs to make the game all but a runaway. The Diamond Dawgs were not done yet, as Carpenter scored another run on a solo home run to straightaway center field in the fifth. Yet another big inning would come in the sixth, in which another 11 came to the plate, scoring another seven runs.

The Dragons would not go away, though, with another run in the seventh by Brian Hart. But that was all the Diamond Dawgs pitching would allow the rest of the way, keeping the Dragons’ bats at bay to put a bow on their fourth straight win.

Rhea would pick up the win, while Daniel Parslow (Fulton Montgomery CC) was saddled with the loss.

The Diamond Dawgs (22-11) will get an early look at the preparations for the All-Star Game at Cantine Field, as they will head there on Sunday for their last game before the break against the Saugerties Stallions. The Dragons (10-23) still have two games to go before the All-Star Break, starting on Sunday at East Field against the Oneonta Outlaws before hosting the Albany Dutchmen on Monday.

Photos by Dave Warner