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Collegiate baseball: Rams beat Golden Eagles, snap losing skid

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Joe Adel delivered what the Watertown Rams desperately needed on Wednesday night — both an inspired pitching performance and a much-needed win.

Adel pitched into the seventh inning to earn the victory and received some timely defense as the Rams edged the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, 6-5, in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

“We faced a lot of adversity today,” said the 6-foot-7 Adel, who pitches for South Florida, “but we came back and won. I think that shows the type of heart and spirit this team has, and what we’re capable of doing the rest of the year.”

First baseman Joe Moroney of Kansas University tripled, singled and drove in three runs and second baseman Trevor Marino (Virginia Commonwealth) ripped a key run-scoring triple as Watertown (6-10) rallied to snap a four-game losing skid.

“Our pitchers did a real nice job all night,” Moroney said. “Joe kept the ball game close and luckily for us, we scored some runs for our pitchers.”

Despite facing an early four-run deficit through the first three innings, Adel settled in and tossed three scoreless innings and, after allowing a run in the seventh, relievers Logan Grant (Creighton) and Cody Culp (Bellevue) closed the door on Glens Falls (10-8).

“(Tuesday) night we got our butts kicked in every aspect of the game,” said Watertown coach Paul Alteri, whose team lost 17-0 at Amsterdam. “So I was hoping with Joe coming off a quality start in Boonville ... he gave us a chance tonight. He was a little shaky the first couple innings, but he settled down and kept us in the game as did Logan — he and Cody did a great job coming out of the pen.”

The win came after Watertown pitching was besieged over the past week.

“I felt good, I felt good the entire game,” said Adel (2-0), who allowed eight hits and only one earned run in six innings. “There were a couple of pitches where I could have gotten different results, but in the end we got the win — that’s really all that matters.”

The Rams’ defense also turned a pair of crucial double plays, including an unassisted effort by Moroney in the second to end a scoring threat. Then in the seventh, after the Golden Eagles pulled within one run and with the bases loaded, Watertown turned an unconventional twin-killing as Grant threw home to force the runner at the plate and catcher Collin Theroux threw to first base to complete the defensive gem.

“That one really broke our backs,” Glens Falls coach John Mayotte said. “And we had one (double play) that we really should have turned. But that’s baseball.”

After Glens Falls scored two runs each in the second and third inning to lead 4-0 — keyed by run-scoring singles from Raphael Gladu and Buddy Putnam — the Rams received a break when Golden Eagles starting pitcher Rick Morales left the game with one out in the third with a blister on his throwing hand.

Collin Theroux was hit by a pitch, Bobby Indeglia walked and each scored on an RBI groundout from Dominic Lopez and Bryce Greager against reliever Riley Stephenson to pull within 4-2.

Watertown seized the lead for good with three runs in the fourth. Jacob Boylan was hit by a pitch and after he stole second base, scored on Marino’s triple past diving center fielder Garrett Degallier. After Collin Theroux was hit by a pitch, Moroney followed with his two-run triple for a 5-4 edge.

“Joe has been hitting the ball well all year for us,” Alteri said. “He makes contact and he can drive the ball in the gap — and with his speed, he’s a dangerous leadoff hitter. And Trevor has been stroking the ball really well lately, he’s a line-drive hitter ,and you saw some power tonight.”

The Rams added a run in the sixth. Marino hit a leadoff single to left, stole second base and scored on Moroney’s single to right field.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Moroney said. “Tonight there were some guys on base for me, and it’s every hitter’s dream to have guys on base so you can be aggressive in counts. It’s very rewarding when you get a base hit in those situations.”

Watertown plays at Cooperstown at 5 today before hosting Adirondack at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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