Albany Dutchmen suffer setback in climb to .500

Cooperstown scored the first run of the game without getting a hit. Albany starter Justin Brantley hit Nate Izzo with a pitch to start the second inning. Izzo then stole second base, moved to third on outfielder J.P. Sportman's groundout and scored on a wild pitch to give the Hawkeyes a 1-0 lead.

Albany scored twice in the bottom of the second inning, but it could have been more. Shortstop Anthony Turgeon lined a one-out single to drive catcher Ryan Welke in from third base with the tying run, but Sportman " a Rotterdam native " threw out former LaSalle teammate Will Remillard at the plate as Remillard tried to score from second. Turgeon eventually scored on Boney's RBI single to give the Dutchmen a 2-1 lead.

Cooperstown regained the lead in the top of the third inning. Shortstop Ben Miller and third baseman Bryan Aanderud worked one-out walks, and Izzo drove them in with a triple to center field to give the Hawkeyes a 3-2 advantage.

Deeds tripled and scored on Anderson's single in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game for Albany, but Cooperstown grabbed a 4-3 lead in the fourth on second baseman Danny Nelson's RBI double. The Dutchmen tied the game again in the bottom of the fifth inning when Welke singled home McNabb from third. However, outfielder Alex Meadow tripled and scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the sixth inning to put Cooperstown ahead 5-4.

Things got wild in the bottom of the eighth inning. Albany got runners to first and second with one out on a fielder's choice and a walk off Cooperstown reliever Jacob Cadle. Hawkeyes manager Eric Coleman sent in his closer, Parker Ray, but Ray's first pitch hit Dutchmen outfielder Nikko Echevarria in the back of the neck. Echevarria fell to the ground and was taken off the field by ambulance for precautionary reasons.

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