Lack of effort costs Albany Dutchmen

Andrew Deeds reached base on a fielding error, moved to second when a pickoff throw by Weaver sailed wide of first base, stole third and scored when Capone's throw sailed into left field to put Albany ahead 2-1. Then, Guilderland native Steve Anderson " who was at bat during the Watertown fielding meltdown, belted a solo home run over the right field fence to make it 3-1.

Barron soon had his own meltdown on the mound, though. He allowed four runs on four hits, walked another batter and committed a throwing error that led to Watertown's go-ahead run.

"When pitchers don't make pitches and they're ahead in the count, you can't do that. You can't give it away like that," said Davey.

Albany got one run back in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut Watertown's lead to 5-4 before Balkwill's blast gave the Wizards the breathing room they needed. Watertown capped the scoring with two runs in the eighth inning.

Remillard had two hits and an RBI to lead the Dutchmen's offense. The two hits raised Remillard's batting average to .333, tops among all of Albany's batters.

"I had a little mechanical issue early, and I worked on it," said Remillard. "I'm trying not to think about it now when I'm at the plate."

"He's made adjustments, and he's worked hard," said Davey.

Capone had one of his best games at the plate Saturday for Watertown. He ripped a pair of hits and drove in a run in his return to Bob Bellizzi Field, where Saint Rose plays its home games.

"It was just nice to be back," said Capone. "I don't know what it is about this field, but I hit the ball well here."

Albany entered this week with 11 games left to try to make a run back towards a playoff spot, beginning with Monday's scheduled game at East Division-leading Amsterdam (24-14). The Dutchmen trailed second-place Glens Falls (23-15) by 6.5 games in the East Division, where the top two teams qualify for the PGCBL playoffs.

"The goal for the rest of the season is to win every game and finish with the best record we can," said Davey.

The Dutchmen returned home Tuesday to face Cooperstown. Albany hosts Elmira Wednesday before going on a two-game road trip to Newark Thursday and Glens Falls Friday.

Albany's second-to-last home game is Saturday against Amsterdam. Three of the Dutchmen's final four regular season games are on the road.""

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