Rapids sweep Blue Sox

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UTICA — The Watertown Rapids got a pair of complete games to pick up a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League doubleheader sweep of the Utica Blue Sox, 6-1 and 4-0, on Sunday at Murnane Field.

Matt Aufiero gave up only three hits and one run to help Watertown (9-8) take the opening game, while Drew Mead hurled a three-hit shutout to complete the sweep over Utica (9-8).

Vinny DeRubeis doubled in both ends of the twin bill for the Rapids, who snapped a five-game losing streak. The Rapids had allowed an average of eight runs during four of the five games in the losing streak.

Aufiero (1-3) picked up his first win of the season on the mound while Mead (3-0) leads the team in wins.

Watertown and Utica are now tied for second place in the PGCBL West Division behind the first-place Geneva Red Wings (9-4), who lead the two clubs by two games. Geneva has played four fewer games because of rainouts.

Dylan Sanchez registered three hits and a pair of RBIs, while Nate Chase doubled twice in the opener for Watertown.

Zach Penksa spoiled the shutout in the seventh inning of game one with a sacrifice fly for Utica.

Jonathan Catapano broke open the nightcap with a two-run single in the sixth inning for the Rapids. Sanchez plated another run with a walk to complete the three-run sixth inning for Watertown.

Michael McCully pitched five-plus innings for the Blue Sox to take the loss.

Watertown travels to Geneva to take on the Red Wings at 7:05 tonight at McDonough Park. The Rapids’ next home game will be against the Blue Sox at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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