Mohawks’ home opener halted by rain

AMSTERDAM – For the second straight night the Amsterdam Mohawks were unable to complete a game due to forces beyond their control.

After Wednesday’s season opener in Albany was postponed in the 8th inning due to a power outage, the Mohawks home opener Thursday against the Utica Brewers only made it through one inning before the skies opened up. Light rain at first pitch gave way to a downpour as fans headed for the exits. After a brief delay, the game was called off.

Dylan Dwyer, a lefty out of the University of Kentucky, got the start for the Mohawks. Dwyer struck out the side in the first, but walked two and surrendered a 2-RBI single to Joseph Gallub.

The Mohawks registered two singles in the bottom of the inning off the bats of Ed Charlton and Devin Wenzel before Utica starting pitcher Monte Reese induced a groundout to get out of a bases loaded jam.

The tarp was immediately rolled out following the frame and the game was called off about 20 minutes later with Utica leading Amsterdam 2-0. No makeup date has been set.

Meanwhile, the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft began Thursday and will run through Saturday. According to Mohawks President and GM Brian Spagnola, several former Amsterdam Mohawks are in a position to be drafted by major league clubs. Some notable possibilities include two Mohawks from last season’s team, right-handed pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. and shortstop Giuseppe Papacies, 2011 Mohawks, outfielder Taylor Stark and shortstop Zach Shank, and Cody Kulp, an outfielder with the Mohawks in 2010. Visit to track the draft and see which former Mohawks will be given the opportunity to make it at the major league level.

Weather permitting, the Mohawks will take on the Glens Falls Golden Eagles tonight at 7:00 at East Field in Glens Falls.