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Collegiate baseball: Watertown Rams drop debut

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BOONVILLE — Despite a display of power, the Watertown Rams came up short in their season opener on the road Wednesday night.

The Adirondack Trail Blazers edged the Rams 6-5 at the Robert Smith Sports Complex in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League opener for both teams.

“Even though it was a loss, it was a good opener for us,” Watertown coach Paul Alteri said. “We battled, we came back two or three times being down in the game, so that’s good sign. The boys showed some character.”

Joe Deluca belted a two-run home run in the sixth inning for Watertown, which won the West Division title last season.

After the Rams scored the game’s first run to provide starting pitcher Zander Clouse with a lead, the Trail Blazers went on to tie it at one and then broke through by scoring four runs off reliever Jake Sale in the fifth inning — aided by a pair of Watertown errors.

“One bad inning hurt us, we made a couple physical errors that came back to bite us,” Alteri said.

Justin Korenblatt doubled in three runs in the fifth for the second-year Trail Blazers.

Watertown opens at home at 7 tonight against the Elmira Pioneers at the Duffy Fairgrounds.

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