The Cooperstown Hawkeyes blew a six-run lead Friday as the visiting Albany Dutchmen scored eight runs over a three-inning stretch en route to an 11-6 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League victory at Doubelday Field.
The Hawkeyes (7-14) had half of their 12 hits in the third inning, when they scored all of their runs. Cooperstown's third featured an RBI double by Matt Carr, an RBI triple by Jacob Hubert, a two-run double by Patrick Hyde and a run-scoring single by Coleman Barron. All of the Hawkeyes' big hits in the third came against Albany starter David Stagg (3-1), who also allowed Hubert to score on a wild pitch.
Stagg made it through 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven, walking one, scattering 10 hits and giving up two earned runs. Cody White earned the save with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He walked one, struck out none and yielded two hits.
The Dutchmen (9-10) started their comeback against Cooperstown starter Cody Cooper (0-3) when Sam Few hit an RBI double in the fourth.
Cooper struck out the first two batters of the fifth before Jack Wietlispach homered to center to make it 6-2. A single by Zach Remillard and consecutive walks to Morgan Phillips and Ryan Gasporra loaded the bases for Few, who drove a two-run single to left to pull Albany to 6-4.
The Dutchmen chased Cooper in the sixth with a three-run triple by Morgan Phillips followed by an RBI single from Gasporra. Reliever Josh Anderson got out of the inning when Few grounded out to first.
Anderson followed with a 1-2-3 seventh but gave up three runs in the eighth. Remillard hit a two-run homer to left with one out and Gasporra doubled to right with two out. Gasporra advanced to third on a fielding error and took home on the back end of a double-steal to cap the scoring.
Chris Blanton went 3-for-5 for the Hawkeyes, who received two hits apiece from Carr, Hyde and Barron.
Cooperstown remained eighth in the nine-team PGCBL as last-place Elmira fell to 6-15 with a 6-5 loss to visiting Newark. The victory gave Newark (12-8) a half-game lead over the Oneonta Outlaws (11-8) for second place. Oneonta won an exhibition game, 5-2, against the Albany Athletics on Friday at Damaschke Field.
Newark trails first-place Amsterdam (17-3) by five games. Amsterdam beat host Watertown, 10-4.
The Hawkeyes are 10.5 games behind Amsterdam.
Cooperstown follows an off day Saturday with a 5 p.m. home game Sunday against the Outlaws.
Outlaws 5, Athletics 2
Forrest Johnson had two hits and two RBIs to pace Oneonta in a seven-inning exhibition victory.
Orlando Rivera and Sutton Whiting each had a hit and a run for the Outlaws, who had nine hits and no errors.
Oneonta starter Nathaniel Abel gave up two runs on four hits in four innings for the pitching victory.
The Outlaws return to PGCBL play at 7 p.m. Saturday, when they host Elmira.