ALBANY The path back to .500 was not an easy one for the Albany Dutchmen.
Albany overcame five errors and a late Glens Falls rally to beat the Golden Eagles 6-5 in Saturday's Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Bob Bellizzi Field.
"We didn't play a great game, but we got the job done," said Albany manager Nick Davey.
Ironically, none of Albany's errors resulted in Glens Falls runs. That was due in large part to the efforts of starting pitcher Blake Smith, who worked his way out of jams in the third, fourth and sixth innings. All told, Smith limited the Golden Eagles (17-16) to one run on three hits in six innings of work.
Albany (16-16) gave Smith plenty of run support. Right fielder Jack Wietlispach's bases-loaded double in the second inning gave the Dutchmen a 4-1 lead. Albany then tacked on single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to increase its advantage to 6-1.
"That was a big hit," Davey said of Wietlispach's two-out double in the second inning. "We've been bouncing him around in the lineup, and he feels comfortable hitting in the No. 2 spot."
The momentum turned in Glens Falls' favor in the seventh inning. A wild pitch on a swinging third strike allowed shortstop Anthony Pisani to reach base with one out. Emmanuel Forcier was then hit by a pitch from reliever Grant DeWitt to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, first baseman Ross Kivett launched a double to the right-center field gap to drive in Pisani and Forcier and trim Albany's lead to 6-3.
DeWitt stayed in the game to start the eighth inning, but he left after catcher Chase Griffin doubled and designated hitter Mike Vigliarolo singled to begin the frame. Second baseman Casey Rodrigue greeted Jake Woodward by beating out an infield single to drive in Griffin and close the gap to 6-4.