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PGCBL playoffs set to begin

Summer Collegiate : : Story
Hudson Belinsky        
Published: Thursday, August 01, 2013

The PGCBL regular season came to a close last night after perhaps the most riveting regular season game in the league’s history.

Entering the final day of the season, the Albany Dutchmen and the Glens Falls Golden Eagles were tied in the race for the final playoff spot in the league’s East Division. As fate would have it, the two clubs played a double-header against each other last night, finishing off a game that had been suspended on July 7.

With Albany holding the tie-breaker (head-to-head record), Glens Falls would need to take both games to stay alive. The Golden Eagles—who held a 4-0 lead when the game resumed—took the first game by a score of 9-4. In the second game, the two clubs went back-and-forth before finding themselves in a 5-5 tie as the game went into extra innings.

Rick Morales, in his first appearance for the club, gave the Dutchmen six shutout innings out of the bullpen. Glens Falls held off Albany until the top of the 16
th inning, when Chris Suseck’s RBI-single pushed the Dutchmen to the victory and the postseason berth.

Albany has played 35 innings over the past two days, and won’t get a second to rest. On Thursday night, the Dutchmen will travel to Mohawk Valley for the initial round of the Divisional Playoffs. It’s another do-or-die situation; the loser will be eliminated and the winner will move on to a best-of-three set against the Amsterdam Mohawks.

In the West Division, the Elmira Pioneers will take on the Newark Pilots, and the winner will play a best-of-three series against the Watertown Rams.

Outside of the playoff picture, Utica Brewers infielder Michael Pierson made some PGCBL history of his own. Pierson did not play in the Brewers’ final game of the season, meaning that his .404 batting average could not be affected. Pierson is the first player in PGCBL history to hit over .400 over an entire season. (Evan Stephens hit .440 for Amsterdam in 2012, but over just 84 at-bats.)

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