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Dutchmen come up short against Watertown

Albany can't get clutch hits in PGCBL loss

— The Albany Dutchmen missed an opportunity move up in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League standings.

Watertown put together a pair of two-run rallies on its way to a 5-2 victory over Albany Friday at Bob Bellizzi Field. The loss prevented the Dutchmen (17-19) from moving into a virtual tie for fifth place with Oneonta (19-19) after Mohawk Valley edged the Outlaws 5-4.

Albany's biggest problem was getting hits with runners in scoring position. The Dutchmen had three chances to drive in runs with runners on second or third, only to come up short.

"We did enough to win this ballgame," said Albany manager Nick Davey. "We just didn't come up with the timely hits."

Watertown (16-22) got its bats going in the top of the third inning. Left fielder Donald Walter followed up a leadoff walk to designated hitter Conor Dishman with a double to right field to drive in the game's first run. Second baseman Derek Hagy then doubled home Walter for a 2-0 Wizards lead.

Albany struggled against Watertown starting pitcher Nick Bradley until the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs, catcher Will Remillard singled for the Dutchmen's first hit. Designated hitter Ryan Gasporra then launched a double off the center field wall to bring in Remillard and cut Watertown's lead in half.

First baseman Ben Douglas followed with a single to get Gasporra to third, but third baseman Jared Martin flied out to right-center field to end Albany's rally.

After his shaky third inning, Albany starter Kasciem Graham held Watertown in check until the top of the sixth. Right fielder Cole Gleason led off with a single and reached second on a wild pitch. A groundout moved Gleason to third, and shortstop Peter Rajkovich singled him home to put the Wizards ahead 3-1.

Davey lifted Graham following Rajkovich's single, but not before the University at Albany junior turned in a solid performance. Graham allowed three runs on five hits, walked four and struck out eight in 5.1 innings of work.

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