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Rams outlast Trail Blazers in 14 innings

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Cameron Allen missed his chance to win the game in the bottom of the 11th for the Watertown Rams.

He made the most of his opportunity in the 14th as Allen’s walk off, RBI single drove in Bryce Greager to give the Watertown Rams a 4-3 win in 14 innings over the Adirondack Trail Blazers in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League matchup on Tuesday at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

Allen, a graduate of Sackets Harbor Central School, had a chance to end the game in the 11th when Adirondack intentionally walked Collin Theroux, but Allen flied out to second base to end the inning. Allen said he liked having another chance to win the game.

“Going 0-for-2 coming in there gets under your skin a little bit,” said Allen, who plays at St. John Fisher. “You want to be that guy to help get the W.

Allen actually was trying to bunt Greager over to third base, but a passed ball by Adirondack catcher Dominic Fazio forced Allen to swing the bat. Rams coach Paul Alteri was pleased that Allen got the game-winning hit.

“I’m glad that he got to swing the bat and come through,” said Alteri. “I feel happy for him and he worked hard for that.”

Both teams had a lot of chances as the Rams pounded out 13 hits, while the Trail Blazers belted out 12. Adirondack manager Ryne Foster said that both teams had plenty of opportunities to win the game.

“When you play 14 innings and you get 12 hits, you’re going to have chances.” said Foster. “They just got the break when they needed it and we didn’t.”

The win gives Watertown a 20-15 mark and gives it a three-game lead in the PGCBL West over Elmira (15-16), which lost to Albany 5-1. Adirondack is 14-21 and tied with Newark for the third and final divisional playoff spot.

Jefferson Community College player and former South Jefferson product Tyler Decker went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double, while Daniel Reitzler picked up the win by tossing a scoreless 14th inning. Jake Jenkins hurled another strong outing by giving up only three runs in eight innings of work after a complete game effort against Newark on July 10. Jake Welch also pitched well by striking out four in four scoreless innings of relief. Welch said he was changing up his pitches and locations to get batters out.

“I was using fastballs outside and my slider most often,” said Welch, who pitches for JCC.

Riley Moonan went 3-for-6 with a double for the Trail Blazers while Chris Divarco and Mike Parsons each picked up a pair of hits. Anthony Beasley was saddled with the loss for Adirondack.

The win comes after a seven-game road trip because of the Jefferson County Fair that saw Watertown go 5-2. Allen said the win was especially sweet after being away from home for so long.

“We did pretty well on the road, but it’s nice to come back and we have a lot of home games now,” said Allen.

nNOTES: The game was the second longest game in the PGCBL this season with Glens Falls beating Albany 4-3 in 16 innings on June 29. ... Watertown now leads the season series with Adirondack 6-2 and have won five straight against the Trail Blazers. The last loss against Adirondack came on June 20 when Watertown lost the first game of a doubleheader 10-8. The two teams face each other again on July 26 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. ... The game was the second longest game in team history. ... Watertown hosts Utica 7 p.m. today. The Brewers are the only West Division team with a winning record against the Rams this season with a 4-1 mark.

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