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Collegiate baseball: Rams gain control of first place with another win

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BOONVILLE — The Watertown Rams continued their mid-summer surge on Monday night, this time at the expense of the Adirondack Trail Blazers.

Willi Martin slugged a pair of home runs and Corbin Powers pitched seven innings to earn the win as the Rams outlasted the Trail Blazers, 8-6, in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at the Robert Smith Sports Complex.

With the win, Watertown (17-11) now sits alone in first place in the West Division, one game ahead of Elmira, which lost to Newark, 13-5.

The Rams, who have won three consecutive games, have also won nine of their past 12 games, including seven of their last nine.

Martin, of Mount Olive, homered in the first inning and followed with a home run in the fourth.

Joe Ogren (Bucknell) also homered for the Rams, his first of the season, with a drive in the fifth inning.

Martin now has a team-leading four home runs for Watertown, which entered the day tied for second in the circuit in home runs (11) with Utica.

By registering the win, Powers (Bellevue) improved to 3-2 on the season for the Rams, who are 8-5 on the road. Powers has won three straight games.

With the loss, Adirondack (11-17) falls six games behind Watertown in the division.

The top three teams in each division make the playoffs, with the second- and third-place teams squaring off in a one-game wild card game for a postseason berth.

The Rams, who have 20 games remaining in their regular season, play at Newark at 7:05 tonight. After an off day on Wednesday, Watertown will continue its week-long road swing at Amsterdam at 6:35 p.m. Thursday.

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