By TIMES STAFF REPORTS
LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — A pair of wins against the Adirondack Trail Blazers Thursday helped move the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs to the top of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s East Division.
The DiamondDawgs got complete games from former Little Falls Mounties Evan Davis and Lucas Godlewski and defeated Adirondack 2-1 and 6-1 at Veterans Memorial Park. The two wins, combined with Albany’s 11-6 loss to the Amsterdam Mohawks, moved the DiamondDawgs half a game ahead of the Dutchmen who had started the season 8-1 and led the division since beating Mohawk Valley 7-1 on opening night.
Zach Collett homered in the first inning of the first game after Davis gave up his only run for the night. Collett walked leading off the fifth inning and scored on Jayson Sullivan’s double.
Davis allowed four hits and walked six batters while pitching Mohawk Valley’s first complete game of the season; he struck out three Trail Blazers. Jake Glauser had two hits for the DiamondDawgs and Sullivan had a triple to go with his a double. Mark Williams had two hits for Adirondack.
The DiamondDawgs scored two runs on one hit in each of the first two innings. Justin Thomas followed a pair of walks with a two-run single in the first. Greg Fazio hit an RBI-double in the second inning and later scored on a passed ball. Thomas ended up at second base when his fly ball was dropped in the sixth inning and scored from there on a passed ball; Jayson Sullivan reached base on a dropped third strike on the next pitch, moved to third on a hit by Eric Strano, and scored on Glauser’s fly ball.
Godlewski, making his first PGCBL start, struck out eight batters, walked four and allowed four hits, including Alex Simone’s home run in the fifth inning.
Thursday’s doubleheader was the second played by the DiamondDawgs this week. Mohawk Valley has played six games in four days; the DiamondDawgs’ starting pitchers have not allowed more than four hits in any of those games — a total of 19 in 34 2/3 innings — and have posted a 1.82 ERA. Just once in that span has a Mohawk Valley starter allowed more than one run. Including Terry Dugdale’s 6 2/3 scoreless innings of relief Wednesday, DiamondDawg pitchers have allowed two runs on 11 hits in 20 2/3 innings.
Next up for the DiamondDawgs is a trip to Utica to take on the Brewers, loser of six of their last seven games and winless against teams other than Adirondack, Friday at Murnane Field.
Mohawk Valley is home Saturday for a game against West Division-leading Newark with a fireworks display following the contest.