Luke Nethaway (52) is warmly greeted by his Albany Dutchmen teammates after he belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning during Saturday’s PGCBL playoff game against the Amsterdam Mohawks at Bob Bellizzi Field. The Dutchmen rallied for a 9-8 victory in 10 innings.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
The Albany Dutchmen’s season ended Sunday, but not before they made some franchise history.
The Dutchmen made the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League playoffs for the first time and gave defending champion Amsterdam everything it could handle before losing to the Mohawks 9-4 in Sunday’s deciding Game 3 of the East Division finals at Shuttleworth Park.
Albany (28-24) survived three elimination games prior to Sunday’s loss, each time winning in extra innings. The Dutchmen defeated Glens Falls 6-5 in 16 innings last Wednesday to earn the third and final playoff berth in the East Division. Then, they edged Mohawk Valley 4-3 in 11 innings during Thursday’s play-in game to reach the division finals.
Amsterdam took the first game of the best-of-three series 4-2 before Albany posted a 9-8 10-inning victory over the Mohawks Saturday at Bellizzi Field to force a third game.
“This week has been wild,” said Albany coach Nick Davey. “This team said they love free baseball.”
Saturday’s game between Albany and Amsterdam featured five lead changes before Anthony Marks drove in Justin Brock with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning.
“I know as soon as we go into extra innings, the guys are up for it,” said Marks.
Amsterdam took a 2-0 lead on Dylan Smith’s two-run homer to center field in the top of the first inning, but Albany’s Luke Nethaway responded with a three-run blast to left-center field in the bottom of the second to put the Dutchmen ahead 3-2.
“This (stadium) is a graveyard,” said Nethaway, a Fonda-Fultonville graduate who plays college ball for The College of Saint Rose. “To hit it out is pretty cool.”
Albany tacked on a run in the bottom of the third inning before Amsterdam used four consecutive hits in the top of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. An RBI infield single by Marks and a fielder’s choice by Bradley Noland in the bottom of the fourth put the Dutchmen ahead 6-5.