Glens Falls ends Mohawks’ win streak
AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam Mohawks, looking for their seventh straight victory Friday night, couldn’t find the offensive stroke they’ve prominently displayed during their streak.
The Mohawks fell to the visiting Glens Falls Golden Eagles, 6-3 in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest at Shuttleworth Park.
Amsterdam (11-10) sent starting pitcher Logan Fullmer to the mound, but he wasn’t there for long. Fullmer gave up five runs in the first inning of a game he started against Glens Falls (12-8) on June 16, and the first inning went similarly this time around for the righty.
After walking two of the first three batters he faced, Glens Falls third baseman Josh Anderson smashed a three-run moon shot to left field. Fullmer would allow two more hits in the inning, including a booming double off the right field fence that plated the fourth run of the frame for the Golden Eagles. Fullmer did not come back out for the second inning, giving way to Christian Bartholomew.
Head coach Keith Griffin, tired of Fullmer’s first-inning struggles, was not hesitant to make the change.
“It’s just not good enough,” said Griffin.
Zach Hopf got the start for the Golden Eagles. The Mohawks got a run back in the second on the strength of three base hits back up the middle, the third of which was an RBI single by Brian Ruby.
Bartholomew was effective in the middle innings for Amsterdam before running into trouble in the fifth. Bartholomew issued a leadoff walk and allowed two base hits in the inning, including an RBI double to Golden Eagles first baseman Spencer Johnson. Bartholomew gave way to Rich Vrana who walked a batter and surrendered an RBI single, a run that was charged to Bartholomew. Johnson was gunned down at home on a throw by centerfielder Ed Charlton while trying to score the Golden Eagles third run of the inning, ending the threat.
The Mohawks couldn’t seem to hit anything hard against Hopf in the early going. After managing only five singles through five innings, Jordan Ebert and Dylan Smith, both players for Auburn University, scorched doubles to the gap in left-center field in the sixth. Shane Zimmer added an RBI groundout, bringing the Mohawks within three runs of Glens Falls.
Overall, Hopf kept the Mohawks off balance all night, throwing his curveball with much success.
Griffin said Hopf pitched true to his scouting report but Amsterdam just couldn’t get it going offensively.
“We never made an adjustment on their pitcher,” Griffin said. “He kept throwing breaking balls away from arm side. We didn’t do a good job of staying opposite.”
The Mohawks weren’t able to rally in the later stages of the game. Armand Rugle came on in relief for Glens Falls and thoroughly shut down the Mohawks offense. Rugle pitched three perfect innings, striking out four as the Mohawks win streak came to an end at six games.
“We didn’t have very many good at bats in a row,” Griffin said. “That’s what happened, a good at bat and then a non-competitive at bat.”
While the offense was stagnant Friday, the Mohawks looked stellar in the field. Ebert made two outstanding diving catches in left and Ed Charlton made a diving grab running towards right field in addition to his fifth inning outfield assist.
The Mohawks will travel to Utica tonight and look to start a new winning streak against the Brewers at 7:05 p.m.
Glens Falls 6, Amsterdam 3
Glens Falls400 020 000 – 6 12 0
Amsterdam010 002 000 – 3 7 1
Hopf, Rugel (7) and Smith; Fullmer, Bartholomew (2), Vrana (5), Urbanski (7), Kalica (8), Soule (9) and Brennan, Skinner (6)