Opening night jitters plague Albany Dutchmen

Davey and Brinkman said that they expect Albany to be more competitive this year than the previous two seasons, when the Dutchmen were playing in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.

"Once we start playing consistent baseball and put the team we want out there, it will be a fun experience for the fans," said Davey, Albany's second-year manager.

"Only time will tell," said Brinkman. "We think we have a pretty good roster."

The Dutchmen's roster includes more NCAA Division I talent than the past two seasons " a result of the relationship between the club and Perfect Game, a baseball scouting service that helped stock all eight PGCBL teams.

"They've been able to open some tremendous doors for us," said Brinkman. "They have great relationships with coaches of those [Division I] programs."

"Perfect Game is the best scouting service in the nation, and they provide us with a better-caliber baseball player," said Davey.

Albany's pitching has been strong through the first three games, allowing only three earned runs and 14 hits. The offense has cooled off since last Thursday's 6-2 road win against Amsterdam, though. The Dutchmen managed only 10 hits in their home losses to Mohawk Valley Friday and Amsterdam (a 1-0 decision) Sunday after posting 11 hits in their only victory.

Davey said the Dutchmen will get better as the season goes on, especially once they get used to swinging wooden bats after playing with aluminum bats at the collegiate level.

"No matter what level [of college ball] they play, they play college baseball for a reason. They all know how to make adjustments," said Davey. "They all have to make adjustments in order to be successful."

After a day off Monday, the Dutchmen hosted Newark Tuesday. They travel to Watertown Wednesday and Glens Falls Friday before hosting Mohawk Valley Saturday and Glens Falls Sunday. All games start at 7:05 p.m. at Bellizzi Field.""

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