Dylan Maki cooled off Mohawk Valley's bats, and the Albany Dutchmen rallied to make the right-handed pitcher a winner.
Maki shut down the Diamond Dawgs from the third to the seventh innings long enough for the Dutchmen to turn an 8-0 deficit into a 14-8 victory in last Friday's New York Collegiate Baseball League game at Bleecker Stadium.
I knew the guys would hit the ball," said Maki, who entered in the second inning in relief of starting pitcher Doug Dulin. "It just got me excited on the [pitcher's] mound to have the lead."
Albany (3-8) took flight with a five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning " highlighted by Kendal Coleman's two-run homer over the left field fence. Then, the Dutchmen took the lead with a six-run sixth inning.
"To come back in the middle third [of the game], I can't say enough about the fight in these guys," said Albany manager Nick Davey. "They have that mentality that they're going to win every inning."
Catcher Jon Leroux and left fielder Will Owens had the big hits for Albany in its six-run sixth inning. Leroux belted a two-run double to center field to tie the game at 8, and Owens added a two-run single to right field to give the Dutchmen a 10-8 lead.
Maki did the rest for Albany. He limited Mohawk Valley to three hits and struck out five in his 5.1 innings of work. Guilderland High School graduate C.J. Sohl added two scoreless innings of relief.
"Dylan Maki, I can't say enough about him," said Davey. "What Maki did to bridge the gap for us tonight was great."
Dulin ran into early trouble. After giving up a run in the top of the first inning, Dulin struggled in the second inning " giving up seven runs on four hits and three walks before being pulled for Maki.