Albany first baseman Ben Douglas stretches to catch the ball during a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game against Cooperstown Friday, July 6, at Bob Bellizzi Field.
continued Chapman moved into scoring position by stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by Glens Falls catcher Jared Cheek -- a relief pitcher pressed into service behind the plate due to a lack of healthy bodies at the position. A short time later, Chapman scored on second baseman Adam Young's groundout to shortstop to put the Dutchmen ahead to stay.
Cheek's inexperience behind the plate came into play again in the bottom of the seventh inning. With Martin and Chapman on base, Davey called for the double steal. Cheek tried to catch Martin at third base, but his throw sailed into left field. Martin scored to give Albany a 3-1 lead, and Chapman moved to third.
The lone earned run against any Glens Falls pitcher came in the bottom of the eighth inning. Latham native Zach Remillard stroked a one-out single to right field, stole second and scored on catcher Michael Jurgella's single to put the Dutchmen ahead 4-1.
Davey left the ninth inning to closer Trevor Lacosse, and the Christian Brothers Academy graduate delivered. Lacosse retired the side in order to pick up his fifth save in as many tries.
"Our strength this season is the back end of our bullpen," said Davey. "We feel that if we can get to Lacosse and (Ricky) Schafer, we're in good shape."
Albany's victory moved the Dutchmen into a fourth-place tie with Oneonta, one game behind Glens Falls and Newark, who are tied for second place entering Monday's PGCBL action. Amsterdam is running away from the rest of the league with a 23-5 record.
Davey said he isn't concerned with what Amsterdam is doing. His focus is guiding Albany into a top-four finish and the franchise's first postseason berth.
"The way the league is this year, the spread between where we are and last place is only four games," said Davey. "So, what I keep telling the players is we can only control what we do."