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WATERTOWN — The Watertown Rams have a team rule stating that players shouldn’t dwell on a night’s loss after the clock strikes midnight.

This was appropriate on Thursday night as the Rams simply let one get away in what will be a forgettable loss.

After Watertown rallied to tie the game with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Glens Falls scored a pair of unearned runs and turned back a rally bid to hold off the Rams, 8-7 in 10 innings in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds.

In a wild game in which both teams combined for five errors, including three miscues by the Rams, Glens Falls prevailed to snap a five-game losing streak.

“That was tough to take because that was a game we should have won early,” Watertown coach Paul Alteri said. “And it should have been over early, but let this team hang around, we threw the ball away, we don’t field the ball. We looked at strike three and didn’t execute late in the game.”

Watertown, which was coming off a doubleheader sweep at Albany on Wednesday that featured two complete-game pitching efforts, slipped to 6-7 on the season.

Against the Golden Eagles, the Rams squandered an early 3-0 lead and found themselves trying to battle back for the rest of the night.

“That was an upsetting loss,” said Rams designated hitter Matt Diorio, who reached base five times on the night, including three singles, and scored the tying run in the ninth inning. “We definitely should have won the game, we just didn’t capitalize on some opportunities and couldn’t finish it.”

Watertown scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to draw even at 6-6. After Brandon Mikulka and Matt Diorio walked, Mikulka scored on a throwing error by Glens Falls pitcher Rick Morales and Diorio scored the tying run as Willi Martin reached on a fielder’s choice.

After the Golden Eagles’ blew a scoring chance in the top of the 10th as J.Q. Folena walked and was picked off in a rundown between third base and home plate on a blown suicide squeeze bunt attempt, Glens Falls recovered to take an 8-6 lead.

With two outs, pinch-hitter Teddy Cillis and Robert Fajardo each walked and both runners scored on a throwing error by Rams second baseman Santino Alteri, who threw the ball wide of first base.

“We should have played a cleaner game and then we would have gone home with a win tonight, but we didn’t,” Paul Alteri said.

Watertown got a run back in the bottom of the inning as Mikulka singed and scored on Dominic Lopez’s RBI single to right field with two out, but the Rams left the bases loaded.

“It’s a tough one after we won two last night,” Diorio said. “ ... We’ve got that midnight rule, so we’ve got to put this one behind us and we’ll get back at it tomorrow.”

Morales was credited with the win for Glens Falls (5-8). Ben Wylly took the loss for the Rams.

Watertown built a 3-0 lead with a run in each of the first three innings as Joe Ogren walked with the bases loaded in the first, James Bonds belted a home run in the second and Ogren singled in a run in the third.

Glens Falls then struck for four runs in the sixth inning to lead 4-3 off starter Javi Villanueva, as one runner scored on a throwing error and another on a wild pitch.

After Watertown tied the game at 4-4 in the seventh as Chris Gaetano singled and later scored on a throwing error, Glens Falls took a 6-4 advantage with a pair of runs in the eighth on an RBI double from Folena and Ryan Dodge’s run scoring single — all with two out in the frame.

Villanueva and Chas Lacko of Glens Falls each made their first starts of the season for their respective teams.

“Again, I think our pitching did OK, I think they pitched well enough to win,” Paul Alteri said. “You can point your finger at a lot of things we didn’t do correctly tonight and lost the game.”

Watertown plays at Elmira at 7:05 tonight and after an off day on Saturday, plays at Newark at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday.

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