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Albany beats Saratoga for first NYCBL win

Klimesh got over his early wildness and pitched well in the second and third innings before running into trouble in the top of the fourth. Following a single by first baseman Pat Epps and a double by leftfielder R.W. Zeller, catcher Patrick Reardon laced a single to drive in Epps and trim Albany's lead to 3-2.

The Dutchmen gave themselves the breathing room they needed in the bottom of the fifth inning. Third baseman Brad Steinbach drove in his second run of the game by punching a single into left field, and Munley added a sacrifice fly to put Albany ahead 5-2.

Once they had a three-run lead, the Dutchmen turned to Dilday and Shepard to secure the victory. Dilday threw three strong innings, allowing only a run on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning, and Shepard worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up the save.

"We got a great quality start from Ben Klimesh, and then Jack Dilday and Jon Shepard came in and pitched four quality innings," said Horning.

Shippee pitched six innings for Saratoga, which saw its record fall to 1-2 with the loss.

"He battled. I guess you could call it wildly effective," said Zackrison of Shippee, who is coming off a season with Monmouth. "He didn't pound the (strike) zone, but he kept us in the game."

Albany and Saratoga will become more familiar with each other this week, as the teams are scheduled to play each other twice in Saratoga Springs Wednesday and Friday.

"I think we've got a really competitive team," said Horning of the Dutchmen, who lost to Watertown 13-12 and Glens Falls 3-1 in extra innings in their first two games.

"I'm very confident we can turn it around," said Zackrison. "We're missing four or five guys who will hit in the middle of the line-up when they get here.""

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