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Long layoff doesn’t deter Albany Dutchmen

Three triples help Albany defeat Glens Falls following three rainouts

Ryan Toomey, right, hands his batting gloves to coach Nick Davey after he drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a fifth inning triple in Albany’s 6-2 victory over Glens Falls June 15.

Ryan Toomey, right, hands his batting gloves to coach Nick Davey after he drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a fifth inning triple in Albany’s 6-2 victory over Glens Falls June 15. Photo by Rob Jonas.

The Albany Dutchmen didn’t develop any rust, despite being rained out three times in the past week.

The Dutchmen (6-1) belted three triples on their way to a 6-2 victory over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles Sunday, June 15, in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Albany’s Bob Bellizzi Field.

It was Albany’s first game since suffering a 6-1 road loss at Amsterdam Tuesday, June 10. Home games against Adirondack June 11 and Watertown June 13 were rained out, as was a June 12 road game at Adirondack.

“Four days off — that was a long stretch. Too long of a stretch, but you can’t control the weather,” said Albany coach Nick Davey.

It took some time for Albany’s offense to get going against Glens Falls (4-4). Left fielder Ryan Toomey had the Dutchmen’s first hit with a leadoff single in the bottom of the third inning, but shortstop Danny Hrbek lined into a double play at first base to negate Toomey’s single.

Center fielder Will Miller lit a fire under the Dutchmen with a leadoff triple in the bottom of the fourth. Third baseman Reid Matthews drove Miller home with a sacrifice fly to right field to give Albany a 1-0 lead.

Starting pitcher Jake Welch turned in six strong innings for Albany, scattering five hits and striking out three. The only hiccup was when he gave up a two-run homer to Glens Falls first baseman and Latham native Teddy Cillis in the top of the fifth inning, which put the Golden Eagles in front 2-1.

“I was worried about our pitching because of the time off, but Jake Welch gave us another quality start,” said Davey of his right-hander, who improved his record to 2-0.

Glens Falls’ lead was short lived. After a leadoff walk to catcher Cameron Miller in the bottom of the fifth inning and right fielder James Locklear’s single, Toomey lofted a deep fly ball over the head of Golden Eagles right fielder Alex Wichmann for a two-run triple that gave Albany a 3-2 advantage.

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