The game was scoreless through five innings with the visiting DiamondDawgs (2-0) stranding seven runners. Mohawk Valley broke through in the sixth, capitalizing on four errors by the Capital District squad to score four runs — none of them earned — on just one hit. An error, a hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out and Jake Saylor’s two-run single off reliever Tanner Barron put the game’s first runs on the board. A wild throw on the play allowed a third run to score and Saylor eventually scored when Zach Ciccoti reached base on a dropped third strike with an errant throw.
Albany (1-1) came back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh but was unable to completely catch up.
The Dutchmen, who had committed two errors through the first five innings, made two more in the ninth and finished the game with eight. The final two errors allowed Tyler Townsend, who had singled, to scored the final Mohawk Valley run.
Dain McNabb went 2-for-2 and drove in a run off the bench for the Dutchmen. Ryan Welke added a two-run single.
McNabb replaced Will Remillard in the Albany lineup after the starting catcher was charged with three errors. McNabb committed an error of his own in the ninth inning. Mohawk Valley tacked on a run in the top of the ninth and Albany stranded the tying runs at the corners in the bottom of the inning to end the game.
Frank Holbrook got the win for the DiamondDawgs. Adam Breuer earned a save.
The Dutchmen previously called Bleecker Stadium home after moving from Bennington, Vt. Friday’s game was their first at The College of Saint Rose’s Christian Plumeri Sports Complex in Hoffman Park.
Saturday’s second game in the home-and-home series was rained out in Little Falls. The scheduled fireworks display has been reset for June 24 when the Dutchmen are next scheduled to make the trip to Central New York.
The DiamondDawgs have a day off Monday before traveling to Watertown for an 11 a.m. matinee against the Wizards Tuesday. Veterans Memorial Park will host a similar school field trip game Wednesday morning when the DiamondDawgs take on the new Newark Pilots.
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