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Blatnick takes the title

Pins opponent in 24 seconds for the win

Ian Blatnick squeezes for the win during the Spartan Wrestling Tournament.

Ian Blatnick squeezes for the win during the Spartan Wrestling Tournament. Photo by John McIntyre.

— “I thought it was out,” said Palmer of his first home run of the season. “I just thought by the feel of it that it was out, but I didn’t know [for certain].”

Amsterdam tied the game in the top of the fifth when hot hitting Luke Maile – a recent addition from the Cape Cod League – drove in Andrew Green with an RBI single. Albany starter Justin Brantley allowed another single before working out of the jam with the 3-3 tie intact.

Brantley had trouble with the top two-thirds of Amsterdam’s batting order in his five innings of work, but the Siena College pitcher got out of several jams to limit the Mohawks to three runs on seven hits.

“We were able to control their big innings,” said Davey.

Amsterdam couldn’t control Albany in the bottom of the sixth inning. Deeds and Nikko Echevarria hit consecutive singles to put runners on first and third for Palmer, who hit a stinging line drive that was slowed but not stopped by Mohawks’ shortstop Zach Shank. Deeds scored from third to give the Dutchmen a 4-3 lead, and Echevarria raced to third on the play

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