Strong start lifts Mohawks past Brewers

UTICA – The Amsterdam Mohawks turned the tables on the Utica Brewers for a 13-7 victory on Saturday in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest at Donovan Stadium in Utica.

Amsterdam led 12-0 early in the game starting with an eight-run rally in the second inning and cruised from there to the victory.

Two weeks ago, it was Utica who raced out to a 12-1 lead in the fourth inning on their way to winning by a 12-7 final. This one was eerily similar except for the opposing team. Amsterdam led 12-1 in the fourth inning and then won 13-7.

The victory keeps Amsterdam in a virtual tie for third-place in the East Division with Mohawk Valley who also won their Saturday night game. The top three teams in the division will qualify for the playoffs in August.

Kevin Guthrie (Brown) led the Mohawks with five RBIs including atwo-run double in the team’s largest single-inning rally of the season. Guthrie finished the game 3-for-6 with two runs scored along with his five driven in. Normally a relief pitcher, Guthrie was making just his third start in the batting order and only his second behind the plate.

Josh Gardiner (Radford) added a two-run double in that inning as well establishing himself as the team-leader in RBIs with 20 and in doubles with nine. Shane Zimmer (Canisius) and Jordan Ebert (Auburn) each had three hits.

Rich Vrana (Marist) was credited with the victory in relief after starting pitcher Matt Ternowchek (Notre Dame) pitched only four innings and thus was not eligible for the win. Vrana and then Taylor Butler (LSU) combined to strike-out the last seven Utica batters in order to finish the game.

Vrana struck out the side in the eighth and then Butler did the same in the ninth.

The Mohawks return home today at 7:05 p.m. against the Cooperstown Hawkeyes with Matt Snyder (FMCC) starting for Amsterdam.

Amsterdam 13, Utica 7

Amsterdam080 410 000 – 13 18 2

Utica000 520 000 – 7 7 0

WP – Rich Vrana (3-0); LP – Sam Norman (1-1)