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.