The Albany Dutchmen pulled off a huge comeback to knock off the Amsterdam Mohawks for the second time in three days.
The Dutchmen (4-2) scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Mohawks 9-7 Sunday, June 7, at Bob Bellizzi Field, in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest.
The rally began with a two-out single by Chase Crawford. Following a walk to Sean Aspinall, Jack Weiller singled home Crawford to cut Amsterdam’s lead to 7-4. Eric Mueller walked to load the bases, and then Aspinall scored on a wild pitch to make it a two-run game. Michael Fitzsimmons singled home Weiller to pull Albany within a run.
An Amsterdam error on Dominic DiCaprio’s grounder to third allowed Mueller to score the tying run. Then, Tyler Nelin walked to re-load the bases. That set the stage for pinch hitter Slayton Vaughan, who singled home Fitzsimmons and DiCaprio to put Albany in front.
Reliever Zak Spivy, who entered the game in the top of the seventh inning, set down six of the seven Amsterdam batters he faced in the final two innings to earn the victory. Spivy walked one, struck out one and issued three fly-ball outs in the eighth and ninth innings.
Weiller and Fitzsimmons each had a pair of hits for Albany, which trailed 6-0 after two innings. Fitzsimmons drove in two runs to increase his season total to seven RBI, and Mueller added a two-run single in the sixth inning.
Ryan Mahan had three hits and two RBI for Amsterdam (4-2).
Albany entered Sunday’s game off a 10-1 loss at Saugerties Saturday, June 6. The Stallions scored four times in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie, and they pulled away with a four-run eighth inning.
Weiller had two of the Dutchmen’s seven hits, while Dylan Sprague paced Saugerties with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored.
Albany began the weekend with a 10-1 victory over Amsterdam Friday, June 5, at Bellizzi Field. The Dutchmen overcame an early 1-0 deficit by scoring three times in the bottom of the fifth inning, and they tacked on two runs in the sixth and five runs in the eighth to put away the Mohawks.
Nelin doubled, singled twice, drove in two runs and scored two more to lead Albany’s offense. Fitzsimmons also had three hits and two RBI, while Aspinall contributed an RBI double and Hunter Boose added two hits and two RBI.
After a day off, Albany hosted Newark Tuesday, June 9. The Dutchmen visit Amsterdam Wednesday, June 10, before welcoming Victor to Albany Thursday, June 11.
Albany resigned two-time PGCBL all-star and Latham native Zach Remillard for a third season last week.
Remillard previously played with the Dutchmen in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. In 2012, the LaSalle Institute graduate set team single-season records in batting average (.369) and runs scored (33). He also played a big role in Albany’s first playoff season in 2013 with 48 hits and 15 stolen bases.
Remillard hit six home runs and drove in 42 runs for Coastal Carolina this season. He started 59 games for the Chanticleers, who qualified for the NCAA tournament.
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