Not a member yet?
Subscribe Now!



Summer Collegiate : : Story
Elmira advances to PGCBL Finals
Hudson Belinsky        
Published: Sunday, August 04, 2013

The PGCBL playoffs are in full swing, and the intensity builds with every game. On Saturday evening the Elmira Pioneers defeated the Watertown Rams to advance to the PGCBL finals. On the eastern side of New York, the Albany Dutchmen and Amsterdam Mohawks are in a battle to the end.

The Mohawks and Dutchmen have split the first two games of their series. In the opening game, Amsterdam took a 4-2 victory on the strength of an impressive start from left-hander Matt Snyder (2016, Fulton Montgomery CC), who went 6 2/3 innings and allowed just one run on five hits. Last night, the Dutchmen not only knotted up the series, but snapped the Mohawks 12-game unbeaten* streak. The two clubs went back and forth, and the game went into extra innings. In the bottom of the 10
th, when All-Star outfielder Anthony Marks (2016, Coastal Carolina) hit a walk-off single to give the Dutchmen a 9-8 victory.

*Amsterdam tied the Cooperstown Hawkeyes in a suspended game on July 31.

Amsterdam and Albany are approximately 40 minutes apart, and the attendance in this series has been outstanding. With the action being so intense, it’s easy to see why. Tonight, the two clubs play another do-or-die game.

Amsterdam Head Coach Keith Griffin is optimistic about his club’s chances tonight, especially with starting pitcher Trey Wingenter (2016, Auburn) on the mound.

“I feel good handing him the ball tonight, and we have a rested bullpen,” Griffin said. Griffin knows how talented the Albany club is, but feels very confident in his team’s ability to take care of business and wrap up the series.

The Elmira squad appears to be locked in as well. By sweeping their series against Watertown, the Pioneers have earned themselves an extra day off. There will be no action on Monday, so Elmira will have two full days of rest entering the championship series. After losing six games in a row to close the season, the Pioneers have been locked in since the playoffs begin on Thursday. In the one-game elimination opening round, they defeated the Newark Pilots by a score of 5-0, then took a 7-6 win over the Rams on Friday before finishing the series off with a 7-4 win on Saturday.

Recent Related Articles
Blazing trails in the PGCBL
The Adirondack Trail Blazers are enjoying their third season in the Perfect Game College Baseball League led by the performan... READ 
RailRiders start strong in PGCBL
With the 2015 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL) in full swing, the Victor RailRiders are a team looking to take... READ 
Stallions excited for PGCBL
Wayne State lefthander Jared Tobey and the Saugerties Stallions, one of two new teams that joined the Perfect Game Collegiate... READ 
Most Viewed Related Articles
Little Falls to host PGCBL All-Stars
Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls, N.Y., home of the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs, will host the 2015 Perfect Game Colleg... READ 
2015 PGCBL season set to begin
With two new teams set to debut in what is now a 10-team leagaue, we preview the 2015 Perfect Game College Baseball League se... READ 
Stallions excited for PGCBL
Wayne State lefthander Jared Tobey and the Saugerties Stallions, one of two new teams that joined the Perfect Game Collegiate... READ 
 



Keywords in this article
       Player Profile Page    Event Page