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Dragons use 16 hits to defeat Saugerties

Glens Falls Dragons

GLENS FALLS — The game was not exactly a work of art — a combined 28 hits, six errors and an odd number of wild pitches and passed balls that ate up 3 1/2 hours.

What’s important to the Glens Falls Dragons is that it added up to a win.

Things often add up for the Dragons at East Field — Monday’s 15-12 victory over Saugerties made them 10-4 at home. It’s on the road where they’ve struggled, going oh-for-17.

“I’ve never experienced something like this, and I’m sure none of these guys have,” Dragons leadoff hitter Brian Uliana said. “We’ve been in a lot of close games on the road as of late ... a lot of one-run games ... We just gotta break the ice.”

Uliana went 4 for 5 and drove in three runs as the Dragons rallied twice to take the lead. Those rallies always come up short on the road, but generally succeed at home. That’s the strange dichotomy that the Dragons live these days.

“At the end of the day we got the win, that’s all that matters,” Uliana said. “We’re just looking to get that first road win. We’re just going to keep playing and fighting as hard as we can and look to get that win.”

The Dragons rallied for six runs in the fourth inning, beginning with Anthony Butler’s two-run single. But Saugerties came back to take a 9-8 lead in the top of the sixth.

In the bottom of that inning, the Dragons put together a bunch of walks and singles to get back on top. Jared Drizin singled in one run, Butler walked with the bases loaded and Nick Jacques drove in two with another single. Uliana finished the rally with an RBI bunt single — bunting on his own — for a 13-9 lead.

The Dragons picked up two more in the eighth, staying focused in a game that got a little sloppy.

“If you lose focus then things start to go down the slippery slope in a bad way,” Uliana said. “You gotta keep your head up, you gotta keep grinding it out. We’re pushing mid-July, the dogs days of summer, you’re playing every day, so we just look to keep playing and fighting all the way to the end.”

Dragons pitchers struggled until Duncan Amrein came on in the ninth to shut the door and get the save. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak and left the Dragons at 10-21 for the season.

Follow Sports Editor Greg Brownell on Twitter: @glensfallsse.

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