LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. – Adirondack Trail Blazer Mike Sansone quieted the Mohawk Valley bats Friday night when he pitched a complete game shutout against the DiamondDawgs at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Fairfield University left-hander scattered six hits and walked one batter in the Trail Blazers’ 8-0 victory over the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s Central Division leaders. The DiamondDawgs (20-13) had scored at least six runs in seven consecutive games and entered the game averaging a league-high eight per game. The loss, however, was the third in a row and second at home for Mohawk Valley.

Sansone followed up a start against Utica in which he was charged with one unearned run through seven innings and improved his ERA to 2.38 with his third win against no losses. His ERA is 0.41 over his last three starts including a win over Saugerties in Boonville June 28.

Ryan Rodriguez, a PGCBL All-Star from the University of California at Davis, all but matched Sansone for six innings but wound up the hard-luck loser in his first start for the DiamondDawgs. The New Jersey Institute of Technology’s David Marcano drove his twin brother Julio home with a double in the first inning that would be the only Adirondack hit through five.

Rodriguez had walked Julio Marcano and he hit two batters without allowing another batter to reach base before former Anthony Boselli, a 2017 DiamondDawg from Fairfield, singled with one out in the sixth. David Marcano and Sacred Heart University’s Isiah Daubon also singled, loading the bases before retired the final two batters he faced on a strikeout and a fly ball.

The Trail Blazers broke through one inning later against the Mohawk Valley bullpen, scoring four runs on three hits against three relievers in the top of the seventh. Fairfield’s Mike Caruso and Adelphi University’s Jon Iadevaia started the inning with back-to-back doubles against Niagara University’s Alex MacKinnon. Barry University’s Erislandy Rives relieved MacKinnon after Iadevaia scored on a passed ball and Julio Marcano walked with one out. Rives walked both of the batters he faced before handing the ball to St. John Fisher College’s Tim Geissel. One run scored when Daubon grounded out, and Marist College’s Matt Rubayo drove another home with a single.

Rubayo added a three-run home run in the ninth inning against The Citadel’s Zach Taglieri.

Sansone coasted when Adirondack was in the field. Manhattanville College’s Austin Pollack doubled in the first inning and the DiamondDawgs had just one other base-runner – on a walk – before Villanova University’s Tyler Bruno and Le Moyne College’s Drew Fureno singled in the fifth. Villanova’s Ryan Toohers, Iona College’s Stephen Furman and Barry’s Joel Alvarez had the other hits for Mohawk Valley and Sansone did not issue another walk.

Rubayo had two hits and four runs batted in, David Marcano and Daubon each had two hits, and Julio Marcano and Boselli each scored two runs.

The shutout was the first this season for Adirondack which entered the game with a league-worst 6.89 team ERA. The Trail Blazers last blanked a team on Independence Day last year when current DiamondDawg Jon Hardy pitched a complete game five-hitter against the Onondaga Flames following his freshman year at Mohawk Valley Community College.

The DiamondDawgs had not been shut out since June 20, 2017, when they were beaten 4-0 by Amsterdam in the second game of a doubleheader. The last nine-inning shutout was one year earlier when the Utica Blue Sox beat the DiamondDawgs 5-0 at Murnane Field June 20, 2016, 112 regular season and playoff games ago.

Mohawk Valley will be back in Utica Saturday for a game against the 2018 Blue Sox. They return home Sunday to play Amsterdam in their final game before Wednesday’s All-Star Game.