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Collegiate baseball: Watertown Rams fall in 13th inning

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WATERTOWN — A second straight walk-off win at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds didn’t happen for the Watertown Rams on Sunday night.

Jake Hanson doubled to drive in the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th inning, leading the Albany Dutchmen to a 5-3 victory over the Rams in Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League action.

Watertown beat Adirondack with a walk-off home run in the ninth inning in its home opener Friday night.

“I definitely had the feeling it was setting up again,” said Watertown’s starting pitcher Corbin Powers. “That experience the other night was awesome, especially on fireworks night, but it’s tough to make that happen again.”

Watertown dropped to 2-3 and will host Utica at 7 p.m. tonight.

Albany, the last unbeaten team in the PGCBL, improved to 4-0 and won its second straight extra-inning game. The Dutchmen captured a 3-2 victory over Amsterdam in 12 innings on Saturday.

“(Saturday) was a high-intensity game and with a three-hour bus ride today, there could have been a letdown,” Albany manager Nick Davey said. “But these guys keep playing hard, and obviously, the more you win the more you want to keep running out there and competing every day.”

The Rams led 3-2 with two outs in the ninth inning when Jon Escobar threw a wild pitch that rolled to the backstop. Albany’s James Locklear scored from third on the play to tie the game at three runs apiece.

Watertown stranded the winning run on second base in the 10th and 11th innings, and left a runner on first to end the game in the 13th.

“We kind of gave them that game but we’ll be better tomorrow,” said Watertown’s designated hitter Willi Martin. “We just got to be smarter as a team, smarter at the plate, smarter on the basepaths, and just learn from this and move on and get a win tomorrow.”

The Rams wasted a strong outing from Powers, who struck out eight and allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings of work.

Powers said the start was his first since high school. The lefty pitched in relief during his freshman season at Bellevue College.

Martin launched a solo home run in the fourth inning to give the Rams a 2-1 lead.

“That gave us the lead there and I was hoping our team could build on it,” Martin said. “But we just have to make adjustments quicker. Their pitchers pitched very well and so did ours, but at the plate, they were able to make faster adjustments than we were.”

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