The Albany Dutchmen had a chance to reach or exceed the .500 mark entering the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star break.
Unfortunately for them, they ran into the two teams that they had yet to solve Cooperstown and Mohawk Valley.
Cooperstown (17-13) came into Bob Bellizzi Field Saturday and pulled out an 8-7 extra-inning victory over Albany. Then, Mohawk Valley (10-21) scored three times in the top of the ninth inning to pull away for an 8-3 victory over the Dutchmen (14-17) in Sunday's game.
The Cooperstown game was especially frustrating for Albany. The Dutchmen tied or took the lead four times and had a chance to tie the game again in the bottom of the 10th inning before falling short for the third time in four meetings with the Hawkeyes.
Today, we just didn't get that timely hit," said Albany manager Nick Davey. "We had guys in scoring position all game long, and we couldn't get it done."
The key hit went to Cooperstown pinch hitter Tynan Pedretti. The Merced College sophomore belted a two-out, three-run homer off Albany closer Zach Robinson in the top of the 10th inning to give the Hawkeyes an 8-5 lead.
"He [Robinson] left a fast ball out over the plate, and the kid got it," said Davey.
The Dutchmen made a push in the bottom half of the 10th inning. Second baseman Joey Boney lined a triple to center field to drive in outfielder Ryan Van Amburg, who singled to lead off the frame. Boney then came home on Matt Wehrli's groundout to make the score 8-7.
Designated hitter Dain McNabb walked to put the tying run on base, but outfielder Andrew Deeds and first baseman Steve Anderson struck out to end the game.
"Guys were picking each other up, but we just tried to do a little bit too much at the plate today," said Davey. "We didn't take team swings."