ALBANY Blown chances cost the Albany Dutchmen in their quest to make the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League playoffs.
The Dutchmen (20-22) squandered three bases-loaded opportunities in a 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Glens Falls Golden Eagles Sunday at Bob Bellizzi Field.
"We just didn't come up with a clutch hit tonight," said Albany coach Nick Davey.
The Dutchmen rallied from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game before Buddy Putnam's sacrifice fly drove in the game-winning run for Glens Falls (25-20) in the top of the 10th inning off Albany closer Trevor Lacosse.
"I'll take my chances with Trevor on the mound any day," Davey said of Lacosse, who took his first loss of the season after posting three wins and eight saves. "That was the first earned run he allowed all season."
The game took on added significance for the Dutchmen after they had road games against Newark (Thursday) and Mohawk Valley (Saturday) cancelled due to rain. Newark and Mohawk Valley entered Sunday ahead of sixth-place Albany in the PGCBL standings, and any lost games meant the Dutchmen couldn't directly make up ground on either team.
"You always want to play a full schedule," said Davey. "That's why we waited until the last minute to call Saturday's game. We had just beaten Mohawk Valley (2-1 Friday), and a win Saturday would have gotten us closer to them."
Instead, Sunday's loss dropped Albany two games behind fourth-place Oneonta and 1.5 games behind Mohawk Valley in the race for the final PGCBL playoff berth. Second-place Newark (25-19) clinched its playoff berth.
"I wouldn't say we were stale tonight," said Davey. "They were the better team."
Glens Falls got its first three runs in the top of the second inning off Albany starter Blake Smith. Kevin Meyers drove in two runs with a double to center field, and he scored on Putnam's single.