By TIMES STAFF REPORTS
Posted Jun. 24, 2014 @ 2:38 am
Updated Jun 24, 2014 at 2:39 AM
LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs broke out their bats Monday and beat the Glens Falls Golden Eagles 12-6 in the final game of their busiest stretch of the season.
The DiamondDawgs’ 12 runs and 17 hits were both season highs and were totals they reached once each all of last season. They led 8-0 at home while playing their 10th game in eight days.
Leadoff hitter Trey Stover went 5-for-6 with hits in each of the first three innings, and scored three runs.
The DiamondDawgs loaded the bases with one out in the first inning and scored the game’s first run on a wild pitch. Zane Smith and Eric Strano each singled home two runs and Mohawk Valley took a quick 5-0 lead.
Zach Collett drove in a run with a double in the second inning and Greg Fazio had an RBI-single in the third.
The fast start helped the DiamondDawgs earn opening day starter Bryan Greig his first Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League victory. Greig pitched into the sixth inning and gave up two runs on five hits and five walks. Four relievers got Mohawk Valley through the rest of the game.
Glens Falls scored single runs — charged to Greig — in the fifth and sixth innings. Two more ruins in the seventh made it an 8-4 game before Mohawk Valley tacked on to its lead. Gus Craig singled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning and drove in two runs. Stover capped his big day with a two-run double in the eighth.
The Golden Eagles had 11 hits of their own and left 12 runners on base, including seven in the final four innings. Richard Gugliemi drove in two runs, and Mark Powell, Robert Fajardo and Garrett Bernardo each had two hits.
Jayson Sullivan had three hits and scored three runs for Mohawk Valley. Fazio also had three hits; Collett and Smith each had two.
The DiamondDawgs’ previous highs had been 10 hits against Amsterdam June 16 and seven runs on three occasions. They beat Adirondack 14-0 in a July 26 game last summer and had 18 hits in Utica July 7.
Stover’s five-hit game was the DiamondDawgs’ second of the PGCBL era. Outfielder Dalton Herrington had five hits in last year’s July 7 game. Stover has hits in his last four games and is 10-for-20 with five runs scored and four runs batted in; he has raised his batting average to .348.
While Mohawk Valley has a day off Tuesday, Glens Falls is on the road again for a game against Amsterdam which defeated Utica 7-1 Monday for its ninth consecutive victory. The Golden Eagles return home to East Field Wednesday and the DiamondDawgs return to action when the teams meet again in Glens Falls.
The DiamondDawgs’ next home game is Thursday against Albany.