Mohawks fall short against Glens Falls

AMSTERDAM – Jordan Ebert’s three-run home run sparked the Amsterdam Mohawks’ six-run first inning against the the Glens Falls Golden Eagles.

The next two times Ebert came to bat he was hit by pitches from Golden Eagles’ pitcher Riley Stephenson, leading to Stephenson’s ejection from the game and a warning being issued to both benches in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Golden Eagles fed off the adversity by sending 12 batters to the plate in a six-hit, eight run sixth inning en route to upending the Mohawks 11-7 in Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball action Friday night at Shuttleworth Park.

The Mohawks jumped on Glens Falls starter Fernando Fernandez-Beltran early.

Fernandez-Beltran threw one strike en route to issuing Kyle Barrett and Josh Gardiner back-to-back walks to open the inning. John Nagowski followed with an RBI single before Fernandez-Beltran struck out John Sansone for the first out.

Ebert and Ed Charlton provided a back-to-back power punch, hitting consecutive home runs. Ebert hit a three-run shot and Charlton a solo homer, to build a 5-0 lead with only one out.

Shane Zimmer kept the Mohawks’ momentum going by working his way on with a walk and Dylan Smith followed with a single. Zimmer scored on Keith Skinner’s fly out to right field, but Smith was thrown out at third try to advance on the play.

The Mohawks threatened to extend their lead in the bottom of the third when Sansone led off the inning with a single and Ebert was hit by a pitch from Stephenson.

Amsterdam could not capitalize on the opportunity as Stephenson induced the Mohawk hitters to ground out to get out of the jam.

Glens Falls broke up the shutout in the top of the fourth when Ramon Laureno led off with a single and scored on Buddy Putnam’s home run to cut Amsterdam’s lead to 6-2.

The Mohawks answered the score with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Gardiner connected for a two-out double down the left field line and scored on Nogowski’s RBI single to left to take a 7-2 lead.

The complexion of the game changed in the fifth inning when Stephenson hit Ebert with a pitch for the second straight time, leading the plate umpire to eject Stephenson from the game and issued warnings to both benches.

Armand Rugel came on to pitch for Glens Falls and left Ebert stranded at first.

Kevin Guthrie came on in relief of Amsterdam stater Matt Ternowchek and struggled early, giving up eight runs on seven hits including a three-run home run by Braxton Martinez, as Glens Falls put eight runs on the board and took an 10-7 lead.

The Mohawks put runners in scoring position in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings on doubles from Dylan Smith, Skinner and Ebert but could not get a run home.

Meanwhile, Glens Falls tacked on a final run in the top of the ninth on Spencer Johnson’s solo home run to close out the 11-7 score.

The Mohawks will look to snap a three-game losing streak today when they visit the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in Little Falls before returning to Shuttleworth Park on Sunday for a doubleheader against the Newark Pilots.

The first game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

Glens Falls 11, Amsterdam 7

Glens Falls000 208 000 – 11 11 1

Amsterdam600 100 000 – 7 10 2

Fernandez-Beltran, Stephenson (2), Rugel (5), Cowen (9) and Sydeski; Ternowchek, Guthrie (6), Bartholomew (6), Quayle (7), Butler and Skinner, Brennan (9).