Mohawks power past Hawkeyes
COOPERSTOWN – The Amsterdam Mohawks pushed their win streak to five with an 11-3 victory at Cooperstown on Wednesday in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest at Doubleday Field.
The Mohawks blasted out a league season-high five home runs in the game including two long-balls from Dylan Smith (Auburn) as well as a record-breaking 11th career home run by Ed Charlton (NJIT).
Charlton now leads the league with four home-runs this season. The historic shot also was the 11th of his career in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, breaking the former all-time record of 10 held by Erick Gaylord of Watertown.
The five home-runs for Amsterdam also are the most in a single game for any PGCBL team this season. The Mohawks hit back-to-back homers in consecutive innings as well.
Amsterdam improves to 10-9 with the win while the Cooperstown Hawkeyes had their three-game win streak snapped as they fell to 9-6. It is the first time the Mohawks have been above the .500 mark since initially posting a 1-0 mark at the beginning of the season.
It was the second consecutive game reaching double-figures for the Mohawks who drilled Watertown 17-0 back at Shuttleworth Park on Tuesday. In Tuesday’s game, Amsterdam pounded out 20 hits but only one of them was a home-run and 17 of the knocks were singles. On Wednesday, it was another 16 hits for the red-hot offense of the Tribe but this time they had five home runs in the mix.
Colonie native Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery) pitched well for the win, lasting six solid innings allowing six hits, two earned runs out of three total, while walking one and striking out three to improve to 2-0.
John Sansone (Florida State) and Dylan Smith (Auburn) hit consecutive home runs in the fourth inning giving Amsterdam a 2-0 lead.
Then it was Ed Charlton with a two-run shot to left in the fifth inning that was immediately followed by John Nogowski to make it 5-0.
Dylan Smith launched his second homer into the trees in left in the seventh inning.
That three-run shot gave Amsterdam an 8-3 lead. Smith finished the game with four runs batted in on his two homers.
John Sansone was 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBIs along with his home run.
The Mohawks are now averaging 6.2 runs per game this season, second-best in the PGCBL only to Adirondack (6.4). In their five-game win streak, they have outscored their opponents 40-10 for an average margin of 8-2.
The Mohawks also take over the league lead in home-runs now with 18 on the season as they pass the Adirondack Trail Blazers with a total of 15.
Amsterdam’s 18 home-runs have now come from 10 different players. Half of Amsterdam’s 18 home-runs have come in just the past four games.
Cooperstown was led by Ryan Donovan (Hofstra) who went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs. Ben Hall (Central Alabama) was 2-for-4 win a run scored.
Cody Smith (Black Hawk) lasted four innings for Cooperstown allowing five hits and four runs, three earned.
Amsterdam leads the season-series over their East Division rivals 2-1 with three games remaining.
The Mohawks do not return to Doubleday Field until the last game of the regular season on July 31.
The Mohawks return to Shuttleworth Park for home games today and Friday at 7:05 p.m., taking on the Elmira Pioneers and Glens Falls Golden Eagles, respectively.
Cooperstown (9-6 overall) hosts the Watertown Rams today at 5 p.m.
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Amsterdam 11, Cooperstown 3
Amsterdam000 230 312 – 11 16 2
Cooperstown000 003 000 – 3 9 2
WP – Matt Snyder (2-0); LP – Cody Smith (0-2)