Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs Jared Dye pitched a gem striking out 13 Dutchman in win
The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs welcomed the Albany Dutchman to Veteran’s Memorial Park for its Perfect Game Collegiate League (PGCBL) contest on Sunday for a doubleheader. The Dutchman sit up top the Eastern division sharing first place with Glens Falls coming into the ball game. The Dutchman brought its six game win streak to the Dawg Pound after winning the previous evening against the Watertown Wizards while Mohawk Valley was looking to extend it 2-game wine streak after winning last night in Elmira 6-3.
In game one Jared Dye (ULM) took the mound for Mohawk Valley looking for win number two for the season sitting at 1-1 while Sean Spicer (Baylor) was looking to improve on his 3-0 start. Both pitchers had good stuff as Spicer held the Mohawk Valley bats silent for three innings but Dye was able to match him in strikeouts as he continued to ring up batter after batter finishing with 13 strikeouts in the game picking up the win and Spicer got the loss as the Dawgs won 3-2.
The Dutchman struck first in the top of the first inning when Derrick Armstrong (Mississippi State) singled and stole a base and Matthew Dacey (Michigan) doubles and Albany took a 1-0 lead. The DiamondDawgs were able to knot things up in the bottom of the fourth when Dalton Herrington (ULM) singled and the advanced to second after Spicer threw to first past the first baseman and a pass ball scored a runner. Jordan Friend (Alabama A&M) followed with a walk and Matt Zanotta (Bryant) was hit by a pitch but Joey Tracy (UAlbany) was unable to knock them in leaving two stranded.
The DiamondDawgs added on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth after Friend doubled down the third baseline and a wild pitch followed and then Zanotta grounded one back to Spicer who threw widely to first allowing Friend to score. Jordan Serena (Columbia) then came up and walked and a wild pitch scored Trey Hunt III (Point Loma Nazarene) who came in to pitch run and the Dawgs led 3-1. The Dutchman tried to rally in the seventh and scored a run but Dye ended the game with one more strikeout to finish things off.
In the win Dye improved to 2-1 and pitched a complete game allowing 6 hits and 13 strikeouts. In the loss Spicer dropped to 3-1 going 5 innings with two strikes, two walks and six hits.
On the hitting end Serena and Herrington were 2-for-3 while Serena swiped two bases and Friend was 2-for-2.