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2013 Year in Review: Battles won and lost

Football final between CBA and Shaker among second half highlights

CBA quarterback Joe Kolbe scores the go-ahead touchdown in the Brothers' 13-8 victory over Shaker in the Section II Class AA finals Nov. 8 at Bob Ford Field.

CBA quarterback Joe Kolbe scores the go-ahead touchdown in the Brothers' 13-8 victory over Shaker in the Section II Class AA finals Nov. 8 at Bob Ford Field. Spotlight file photo

Summer

• The Albany Dutchmen reached the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2013, but they had to work extra innings to do so.

Albany needed 16 innings to defeat Glens Falls 6-5 on the final day of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season to earn the third and final playoff berth in the East Division. The next day, the Dutchmen edged Mohawk Valley 4-3 in 11 innings to win the opening round.

Albany met the Amsterdam Mohawks in the best-of-three divisional final series. Amsterdam took the first game 4-2 before the Dutchmen posted a wild 9-8 victory in 10 innings at Bellizzi Field to force a third game back in Amsterdam. There were five lead changes before Anthony Marks drove in Justin Brock with Albany’s winning run.

“I know as soon as we go into extra innings, the guys are up for it,” said Marks.

In the final game of the series, Albany grabbed a 4-3 lead on Matt Dacey’s three-run homer in the top of the third inning before Amsterdam rallied for a 9-4 victory. The Mohawks regained the lead on Jordan Sansone’s two-run blast in the bottom of the third inning, and they scored four times in the seventh to put the game out of Albany’s reach.

Amsterdam went on to win the PGCBL title for the second year in a row.

For his efforts in turning the Dutchmen into a playoff team, Nick Davey was named the PGCBL Manager of the Year. Davey has been Albany’s head coach every year since the franchise was formed in 2009.

• Delmar’s Victor Fox came within one hole of winning the New York State Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament at Loudonville’s Schuyler Meadows Country Club in July.

Fox had a two-stroke lead on Matt Stasiak entering the final hole of the three-day event, but the recent Bethlehem Central High School graduate double bogeyed it while Stasiak sank a birdie putt to claim the title.

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