GLENS FALLS — Dan Lowndes probably could have played ball elsewhere this summer, but returning for another season with the Glens Falls Dragons appealed to the Siena College outfielder.
The Dragons are certainly glad he’s back — on Thursday night, Lowndes lifted them to a 5-4 PGCBL victory over Oneonta with a bases-loaded, full-count single in the 11th inning.
“I played here last year, I love the Glens Falls area, and I’m doing an internship in Albany this summer with the DEA, so I wanted to stay close,” said Lowndes, an incoming senior business major from Poughkeepsie who is considering following his brother into law enforcement.
On Thursday, Lowndes got to follow four teammates who set the table for his last at-bat heroics — all with two out in the 11th.
Trailing 4-3, the Dragons got singles from Alex Phillips and Brian Uliana, then walks by Mark Powell and Anthony Vaglica, the latter scoring Phillips with the tying run. Uliana and Powell, like Lowndes, are returning Dragons this season.
“He was giving me all fastballs,” Lowndes said of Oneonta reliever Nathan Wrighter. “I swung through two of them, so I shortened up (on the bat) to try to either make contact or draw a walk.”
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Make contact he did, nailing a base hit that landed in left-center field.
“I knew it was going to fall,” said Lowndes, who was mobbed by teammates after the game. He also had an RBI single in the fourth. “It just felt good to get a win.”
“We had 10 innings of very few good at-bats, and then we strung together five great at-bats in a row,” said Cameron Curler, Glens Falls’ first-year head coach, whose team improved to 2-2.
The Dragons got seven solid innings from starter James Varela from LIU-Post. Varela held Oneonta to three hits, but he did surrender a two-run double to Ben Dubas that tied the score at 3-3 in the seventh.
Uliana, a senior-to-be at Rider University who played for the Dragons last year, finished with three hits. Former Hoosic Valley standout Jared Morello drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to give Glens Falls a 3-1 lead. But the Dragons struggled to put runners on base after that.
The Outlaws took the lead in the top of the 11th on Marcus White’s RBI double.
“Dan had great at-bats all day, our pitchers threw the ball great — it’s frustrating that we even made it to that point in the 11th,” Curler said.
Glens Falls 5, Oneonta 4
Oneonta (0-5) 000 001 200 01 — 4 5 3
Glens Falls (2-2) 000 102 000 01 — 5 5 1
WP — Strahm. LP — Wrighter. 2B — Dubas 2 (O), White (O).
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