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Depleted Dutchmen can't handle Amsterdam

Once Picha homered in the third inning, though, Albany couldn't answer until it was too late. The most the Dutchmen could do between the third and seventh innings was get one batter on base against winning pitcher Jack Fischer.

Picha, Green and catcher Kody Ortman each had three hits to lead Amsterdam's 19-hit attack. Ortman had two of the Mohawks' seven doubles, and he also walked three times.

Osterhout " a recent addition from the College of Saint Rose and an Albany High School graduate " had a hit and two runs scored for the Dutchmen.

Things didn't get better for Albany Sunday, as Mohawk Valley swept the Dutchmen in a doubleheader in Little Falls by scores of 8-5 and 6-2. The sweep moved the DiamondDawgs (17-28) within a game of passing Albany for third place in the PGCBL East Division standings with three games left.

"Wins and losses take care of themselves," said Vega. "It's late in the season, and all we want [as coaches] is to see the guys play hard and compete."

Albany returned to action Monday when it traveled to Amsterdam. The Dutchmen then hosted Mohawk Valley Tuesday in their final home game of the season.""

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