By TIMES STAFF REPORTS
LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs scored eight runs in the second inning and beat Albany 11-8 Thursday for their first victory over the Dutchmen this season.
The DiamondDawgs, who scored a season-high 12 runs in Monday’s win against Glens Falls, almost matched that with a fast start at Veterans Memorial Park.
Zach Collett hit a three-run home run off Austin Goeke in the first inning and Mohawk Valley pounded six hits in their biggest inning of the season in the second. After Collett walked with the bases loaded, Zane Smith hit a two-run single. With two outs, Greg Fazio and Trey Stover added two-run singled, and Colin Hawk drove in a run with with another hit.
That was all for Mohawk Valley offensively. The DiamondDawgs managed just five more hits against three Albany relievers. The 11-0 lead was enough, however, to secure the fourth win in four starts this summer by Marist College’s Evan Davis, a Little Falls High School graduate.
Danny Hrbek put Albany on the board with a home run leading off the top of the fourth inning. James Locklear drove in two runs with a double in the fifth when the Dutchmen scored three runs and closed to within 11-5.
Cameron Miller led off the seventh with another solo home run for Albany. The Dutchmen got two more runs in the ninth before Evan Kissinger, the third Mohawk Valley pitcher, closed out the win.
Kissinger pitched the final 2 2/3 innings for the DiamondDawgs after Lucas Godlewski went 1 1/3.
Hawk and Stover each had three hits for Mohawk Valley while Collett had two and drove in four runs. Hawk, Collett and Eric Strano each scored twice.
Will Miller, Cameron Miller and Sean Aspinall each had two hits for Albany. Aspinall, Cameron Miller and Hrbek each scored twice.
The Dutchmen had won the teams’ two previous meetings at Bellizzi Field in Albany.
Amsterdam was off Thursday, allowing Mohawk Valley to extend its lead in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s East Division to one full game.