ALBANY — Neil Fryer, Christian Watford and Bill Creighton combined on a two-hitter Tuesday night as the Albany Athletics defeated the Bluehawks, 7-1, in the championship game of the AABC Upper New York State Tournament at Bleecker Stadium.
The title is the 10th overall for the Athletics — an AABC Upper New York State record — and puts them in the North Atlantic Regional Tournament, which begins on Friday at Keenholts Park in Waterford.
Albany, which had to defeat the Bluehawks twice to win the title, scored six runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Ryan Zielinski. Vince Citro, Mike Allen and Kyle Baldani each had run-scoring singles in the big inning.
Cameron Overbaugh chipped in with three singles for the A’s (31-11), who are in the regional tournament for the ninth straight year.
Citro was named the tournament MVP after going 9-for-16 and scoring eight runs.
The Bluehawks (20-9) scored their only run in the second when Nick Papas doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Stanton.
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Fryer, Watford (5), Creighton (8) and Mastroianni; Chase, Poland (3), Nowak (5), Sohl (5), Nobles (7) and Molbury.
AMSTERDAM — Josh Gardiner went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs as the Amsterdam Mohawks crushed the
Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs, 20-5, in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Shuttleworth Park.
Gardiner had a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning and added a two-run homer in the eighth as the Mohawks pounded out 22 hits and ran their league record to 26-10.
John Razzino also hit a two-run home run for the Mohawks, and Marcus Carson was 3-for-5 with a triple and four RBI.
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DeCarlo, Esposito (5), Boisclair (7), Hawk (8) and Strano; Randall, Ward (4), Castro (6), Breen (9) and DeBellis.
GLENS FALLS — With the final spot in the PGCBL playoffs clinched, the Albany Dutchmen lost their final game with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, 3-0, at East Field.
The Golden Eagles got a complete-game shutout from Kevin Cowan. Spencer Hotaling took the loss for Albany.
The Golden Eagles took the lead for good in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by Rich Gugliemi, and the Eaglea added three runs on a bases-loaded throwing error in the third.
Jake Hanson had two of Albany’s five hits.
The Dutchmen will host the Mohawks in their final regular-season game tonight at 7:05. Tonight will be Fan and Host Family Appreciation Night.