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Lack of effort costs Albany Dutchmen

The Albany Dutchmen needed a day off Sunday, if only to recover from a disastrous week in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

The Dutchmen (16-21) dropped four of their six games last week, including a 9-4 home loss to Watertown Saturday that left manager Nick Davey frustrated with his team's effort.

We didn't play with an energy to win a baseball game today, said Davey.

Things started well for Albany in Saturday's game as the Dutchmen touched up Watertown starting pitcher Zach Weaver for three runs over the first three innings. But after Watertown (15-23) scored three times in the top of the fourth inning, Albany had a hard time mustering any offense. Weaver picked up the victory in his first game for the Wizards.

"This is the first time I've seen him pitch, and I thought he was a bulldog out there," said Watertown catcher and College of Saint Rose player A.J. Capone. "He spotted [his pitches] well, and he kept us in the ball game."

Albany earned run leader Tanner Barron looked strong through the first three innings before things fell apart on him in the fourth. He was eventually lifted in the fifth inning after giving up a solo home run to Larry Balkwill (Siena College) and a ground rule double. Barron allowed seven runs, four of them earned, on seven hits.

"Tanner was done [by the fifth inning]," said Davey. "I wanted him to show me something, but he was dead. He had nothing left."

Albany grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Will Remillard " a Latham native and LaSalle Institute graduate " singled in Brandon Trinkwon. Watertown responded with a run in the top of the second inning on Jake McGuiggan's RBI single before the Dutchmen regained the lead in the bottom of the third with some two-out magic.

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