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A perfect start for the Albany Dutchmen

Dutchmen go extra distance to defeat Amsterdam and Watertown on the road

The setting sun at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park cast a spotlight on Albany Dutchmen outfielder Will Miller, right, during a Saturday, June 7, Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest.

The setting sun at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park cast a spotlight on Albany Dutchmen outfielder Will Miller, right, during a Saturday, June 7, Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest. Photo by Rob Jonas.

The Albany Dutchmen played 25 innings on the road over the weekend and won both of their Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League games.

The Dutchmen rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Amsterdam Mohawks in 12 innings Saturday, June 7. The next night, June 8, Albany scored twice in the top of the 13th inning to pull out a 5-3 victory at Watertown to improve its record to 4-0.

The Dutchmen trailed the defending league champions from Amsterdam 1-0 when Sean Aspinall scored on a Will Miller bunt in the top of the ninth inning. Reid Matthews drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the 12th inning, and after he stole second, he scored an insurance run on James Locklear’s single.

“Mr. Locklear came up with a huge hit for that extra security run,” said Albany manager Nick Davey.

Amsterdam got one of those two runs back in the bottom of the 12 when Luke Nethaway’s two-out single drove in Josh Gardiner, who led off the inning with a double. However, Albany closer A.J. Flores got Brendan Tracy to ground out to second base to end the game.

Albany starter Drew Tolson pitched eight solid innings. Tolson allowed three hits and struck out four batters, and the only run he allowed came on Joey Aiola’s RBI groundout in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“We’ve gone 21 innings and gave up a total of two runs,” Davey said of his starting rotation. “Our pitching is right where it needs to be.”

Albany took a similar route in its 5-3 victory at Watertown Sunday, June 8.

With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Locklear scored the tying run on a wild pitch. The winning run came home on Jake Hanson’s one-out RBI single in the top of the 13th inning. Hanson then scored on Josh Lee’s single to put the Dutchmen ahead 5-3.

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