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The Watertown Wizards were rolling along for the first four innings of their Perfect Game Collegiate League Baseball game against the Albany Dutchmen on Monday night at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

However, the Wizards fell victim to a five-run inning for the second consecutive night en route to a 9-6 defeat.

“The thing that has been killing us the most is that one big inning,” said Wizards manager Nathan Kafka.

Watertown (3-3) led the game 6-1 at the end of four after scoring five times in the fourth before Albany (3-2) tallied the last eight runs of the game.

“It was a big inning for us, but obviously it didn’t do a whole lot for us since we gave up five in the next inning,” Kafka said.

The manager agreed that the Wizards can score, but need to do more to win.

“We haven’t had too much problems scoring runs,” he said. “Our problem has been giving up runs.”

Albany’s Zach Remillard laced a game-winning two-RBI single in the top of the sixth to put the Dutchmen on top for good at 8-6. Remillard drove in three runs. Alex Jurczynski drove in an insurance run in the ninth.

Steve Baslie came in and pitched 2 2/3 innings of solid relief to pick up the victory. Trevor Lacosse struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save.

Ryan Filipowicz took the loss for Watertown.

Chris Glynn picked up three hits for the Wizards. Brandon Cipolla stroked a two-RBI single in the fourth. Donald Walter added a pair of singles.

Watertown’s five-run frame in the bottom of the fourth to give them a lead before the Dutchmen tied it up in the next half inning.

The Wizards drew three walks and had a pair of singles, including one by former Immaculate Heart Central product Dustin Exford, in the fourth and chased Dutchmen starter Blake Smith from the game before Baslie came in and stopped the rally.

“They were patient and put some good swings on the ball and you know I guess that’s what they are supposed to do,” Kafka said.

Wizards starter Matt McClain struck out seven in four innings of work, but left with the bases loaded in the fifth. Filipowicz came on in an attempt to salvage the lead, but the Dutchmen tied the game.

Kafka said that McClain did well, but may have been in the game too long.

“He’s got good stuff,” he said. “That was his first start in over a year. Maybe I should have taken him out a little bit sooner, but he was cruising along and said he felt good.”

McClain said he was ready for a good-hitting Albany club.

“I was trying to hit my spots pretty well. Trying to keep the ball down low,” he said.

McClain added that the start will be instrumental in improving throughout the season.

“I’ve been a starter my whole life,” McClain said. “I don’t consider that a bad start. I just got to learn from my mistakes.”

Watertown did have runners on first and second in the seventh and eight, but was not able to push any runs across.

nNOTES: The Wizards travel to Newark to take on the defending PGCBL champion Pilots tonight at 7:05. at Colburn Park. They meet again at the Duffy Fairgrounds on Wednesday. Watertown is 0-2 against Newark this season. After Wednesday, the two teams won’t meet again until July 1.

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