The Albany Dutchmen are on the verge of making their second consecutive trip to the PGCBL playoffs. Last night, the Dutchmen could a huge step toward making this a reality by defeating Glens Falls and moving a game a head in the standings for the final playoff spot.

Cam Miller of the Albany Dutchmen (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
Both teams are on the road today as the Dutchmen travel to Little Falls to face Mohawk Valley, and Glens Falls travels to Elmira.

Then Monday the Dutchmen return home to play the DiamondDawgs, while the Golden Eagles will be home for a critical doubleheader against Utica who is the worst team in the league.

On Tuesday, the Dutchmen and Golden Eagles play one more time which could ultimately decide the last playoff spot.

Both teams will play division leaders on Wednesday as the Dutchmen will host Amsterdam, and Glens Falls will travel to Newark.

Because of scheduling and rain-outs, Glens Falls will play one less game then the Dutchmen. So in the end it will come down to which team has a higher winning percentage. 

This will be an interesting stretch run. In 2013, it came down these two also with the Dutchmen prevailing. 

Even though Glens Falls is currently a game behind in the standings they have a distinct advantage playing a home doubleheader against Utica the worst team in the league on Monday. The could make up some serious ground if they sweep the doubleheader, setting up a huge game on Tuesday at Glens Falls.

The Dutchmen need to keep winning and hope Glens Falls loses at least one of their next three games. That way the Dutchmen can eliminate the Golden Eagles on Tuesday, not having it come down the final game of season or tiebreakers.

In my opinion...be ready for an epic game on Tuesday.
Here are the photos from the  game between the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and Albany Dutchmen on July 26, 2014 at Bellizzi Field in Albany, NY.

In arguably the biggest game of the season for the Albany Dutchmen, Drew Tolson pitched a gem. The freshman from Baylor University pitched nine strong innings allowing seven hits and only one run as the Dutchmen defeated the Golden Eagles 4-1 to move into sole possession of the final playoff spot.

Drew Tolson (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Nick Morton runs out with his baseball buddies (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Justin Brock with a toss to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
John Leiter (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
Brandon Purcell (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Rich Guglielmi with a flip to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Cam Miller takes a cut (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Rich Guglielmi (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Justin Brock makes a throw from his knees (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ryan Hooper takes a swing (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Daniel Oliveri (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Oliveri takes a cut (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mark Powell (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Nick Jewett (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

James Locklear hustles down to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Justin Brock is tagged out by Rich Guglielmi (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Danny Hrbek (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Cam Miller (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Nick Morton with a throw to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Adam Lee makes the play (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Danny Hrbek (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Nick Morton (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ernie Clement (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Drew Tolson (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Nick Morton (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Rich Guglielmi (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Danny Hrbek (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

John Leiter (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Nick Jewett hustles out of the box after laying down a bunt (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Leiter with the play to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

James Locklear (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Justin Brock (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Miller tags from third (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Hrbek getting ready to pounce (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Daniel Oliveri (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Clement takes a rip (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mark Powell makes the play (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Kaleb Holbrook (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Cam Miller (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Miller coming down a pop-up (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Bellizzi Field at night (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
New York Yankees great, Bernie Williams will be appearing at Walmart in Glenmont, NY on August 1, 2014 from 12pm to 2pm.

The only other information I have about this event is that Williams will only be signing autographs from 1pm to 2pm.  There may be stipulations on getting autographs since the event is sponsored by Pepsi (i.e. need to buy Pepsi product to get autograph) but I'm not completely sure.


After I wrote my post about All-time Atlantic League Saves Leader, Jim Ed Warden retiring today, I received a pretty cool message from a former teammate of his.. who also managed him.

Jim Ed Warden (Photo Credit: Bret Hindman/Memories Photography)

Here's the message from former Southern Maryland Blue Crabs Manager, Patrick Osborn:

"I've known Jim Ed since 2003, we were both Cleveland minor league system together. I played with him there as well as in Southern Maryland. I was lucky enough to have him as my closer for the 3 seasons I managed The Blue Crabs. The baseball part speaks for itself, but Jim Ed the person has always stood out to me. He was a great teammate, a great closer and he will continue to be a great person. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Here are photos from the game between the Staten Island Yankees and Tri-City ValleyCats on July 25, 2014 at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY.

The ValleyCats rallied for seven runs in the 5th inning to defeat the Yankees 9-7.


Brandon McNitt (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

A.J. Reed (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Luis Torrens (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Devyn Bolasky (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ty McFarland celebrates after crushing a 3-run homer (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Chris Breen takes a cut (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Connor Spencer (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Luis Torrens waits on the mound (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Torrens talks with Dillon McNamara (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Dillon McNamara (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mott Hyde on first after getting a base hit (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Hyde takes his lead off first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Vicente Conde turns two (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Nick Tanielu makes a throw to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

A.J Reed (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Jake Anderson tries to turn the double play(Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ricky Gingras (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Connor Spencer with the flip to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Luis Torrens (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Vicente Conde turning two (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Jeffrey Gause (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Safe! (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Raul Rivera (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Sean Carley (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ricky Gingras slides home safe (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mound meeting (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Mott Hyde sliding home (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Conor Mullee (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

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