Summer Collegiate : : Story
Sunday, August 04, 2013

Elmira advances to PGCBL Finals

Hudson Belinsky        
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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.

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