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Garren Palmer powers Albany Dutchmen to victory

"I thought it was out," said Palmer of his first home run of the season. "I just thought by the feel of it that it was out, but I didn't know [for certain]."

Amsterdam tied the game in the top of the fifth when hot hitting Luke Maile " a recent addition from the Cape Cod League " drove in Andrew Green with an RBI single. Albany starter Justin Brantley allowed another single before working out of the jam with the 3-3 tie intact.

Brantley had trouble with the top two-thirds of Amsterdam's batting order in his five innings of work, but the Siena College pitcher got out of several jams to limit the Mohawks to three runs on seven hits.

"We were able to control their big innings," said Davey.

Amsterdam couldn't control Albany in the bottom of the sixth inning. Deeds and Nikko Echevarria hit consecutive singles to put runners on first and third for Palmer, who hit a stinging line drive that was slowed but not stopped by Mohawks' shortstop Zach Shank. Deeds scored from third to give the Dutchmen a 4-3 lead, and Echevarria raced to third on the play.

That was only the beginning of Amsterdam's woes. Paul Bello drove in Echevarria with a single, and a dropped fly ball in center field " one of four Mohawk errors " allowed Palmer to score. Anthony Turgeon belted a two-run double and then scored on Anderson's RBI single to put Albany ahead 9-3.

"It's about time [the errors worked in Albany's favor], but just putting the balls in play helps out a lot," said Amderson, a Guilderland High School graduate who drove in his team-leading 17th run of the season.

The rest was left up to Albany relievers Damon Vallero and C.J. Sohl. Vallero pitched two shutout innings to pick up the victory, and Sohl set down all six batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings.

Maile led Amsterdam with three hits and two RBI. The University of Kentucky sophomore has 10 hits in his first 23 PGCBL at bats including a pair of home runs. Catcher Kody Ortman drove in the Mohawks' other run.

Albany hopes to keep the momentum going in its favor Tuesday when it travels to Newark for a doubleheader. The Dutchmen host Elmira Wednesday at Bellizzi Field.""

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