Mohawks lose to DiamondDawgs, 4-2
AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam Mohawks and Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs spent most of Tuesday in a holding pattern as rain fell over Shuttleworth Park.
When the rain stopped, the Mohawks’ bats came alive, pounding out 12 hits, but they could not get the timely one needed as the DiamondDawgs turned back Amsterdam 4-2 for a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League victory.
“They did a nice job [getting the field playable] with all the rain we got,” Amsterdam coach Keith Griffin said. “The outfield was a little rough, especially right field, but it never really came into play. I am glad we got the game in. I wish we had won, but I am not mad. I thought we played really well.”
The Mohawks came out swinging with Colin Gay and Shane Zimmer delivering two-out singles, but they were left stranded.
The DiamondDawgs put their first score of the game on the board in the top of the second when Willie Shaw sent a 3-2 pitch from Amsterdam starter Logan Fullmer over the right-field fence for a 1-0 lead.
Mohawk Valley extended its lead in the top of the fifth when Shaw opened the inning against relief pitcher Alex Gagne with a double. Shaw scored on Mike Fischer’s two-out single and Fischer came around to score on Casey Rodrigue’s RBI double to build a 3-0 advantage.
The Mohawks looked for an answer in the bottom of the fifth.
Guthrie and Ronnie Bernick delivered back-to-back one-out singles and Josh Gardiner was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Mohawk Valley made the plays it needed to, getting the force out at home on Ed Charlton’s fielder’s choice and gathering in Gay’s fly ball to center field to get out of the jam..
The DiamondDawgs carried the momentum over to the plate.
Landon Thibodeaux led off the inning with a single, stole second, advanced to third on Matt Zanotta’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Dalton Herrington’s RBI double to extend their lead to 4-0.
This time, the Mohawks had an answer.
Zimmer greeted relief pitcher Keegan Long with a home run over the left-field fence and Devin Wenzel followed with a single and stole second before Long struck out Brian Ruby. Skinner singled to right and Kevin Guthrie delivered an RBI single to cut Mohawk Valley’s lead to 4-2.
The Mohawks put runners on base in each of the last three innings but could not come through with the big hit as the DiamondDawgs held on for the 4-2 win.
“We didn’t do much with 12 hits, but I thought we played well though,” Griffin said. “We swung the bats good and our defense was good. We play like that we are going to win some ballgames.”
Gay finished the game with two hits but was left standing on base four times. Zimmer finished with a home run and a single, while Guthrie and Wenzel finished with two hits apiece.
Shaw finished with a home run, a double an RBI and two runs scored for Mohawk Valley, while Thibodeaux had two singles.
Amsterdam falls to 1-2 on the season and fails 1 games behind division leading Albany, Cooperstown and Mohawk Valley, who are all tied at the top of the division.
The Mohawks host Albany tonight at Shuttleworth Park with right-hander Trey Wingenter (Auburn) taking the mound against the Dutchmen. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
“This team has a chance to be good. We need to bring intensity to the game,” Griffin said. “We have the bullseye on us we are the marked guys. We have won more than the other teams and we are going to get their best games. We play our best games. Things are getting better and if we keep getting better, like we did today, we have a chance. We have started out worse and had good results at the end.”
Mohawk Valley 4, Amsterdam 2
Mohawk Valley010 021 000 – 4 7 0
Amsterdam000 002 000 – 2 12 1
Culpepper, Long (6), Broll (7), Bray (8), Michon (9) and Fischer; Fullmer, Gagne (5), Guthrie (7) and Skinner.