Mohawks cruise to win over Hawkeyes
AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam Mohawks first loss of the season came in Cooperstown on June 9. The Mohawks have now won four straight against the Hawkeyes as Amsterdam combined pitching and hitting to easily defeat Cooperstown 7-2 Sunday night in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League matchup at Shuttleworth Park.
Matt Snyder took the mound for Amsterdam (18-15) Sunday night, carrying a 1.82 ERA and a 2-0 record through six starts this season. In the field, Jordan Ebert moved from his usual spot in left field to play second base, giving everyday second baseman Josh Gardiner a day off. John Nogowski also got a day off at first base, which was manned by Devin Wenzel.
After working a perfect first inning, Snyder ran into some trouble after an error charged to John Sansone at shortstop elongated the second. Snyder surrendered an RBI single to Cooperstown (11-17) first baseman Rocky DeSantis and walked two batters, the second of which came with the bases loaded, forcing in the Hawkeyes’ second run of the inning.
The Mohawks got the runs back and then some in their half of the second off Cooperstown starter Cody Smith.
Kyle Barrett knocked in Brian Ruby, who had walked to open the frame, with a double to right before Jordan Ebert and Ed Charlton followed with back-to-back RBI singles.
The Mohawks carried a 3-2 lead into the fifth when Wenzel hit a sacrifice fly deep to right field that scored Shane Zimmer.
After a lengthy second inning, Snyder settled in nicely for Amsterdam. He allowed just one hit in the next four innings, exiting the game after six strong innings highlighted by seven strikeouts. Snyder did not give up an earned run. Christian Bartholomew, Chris Kalica, and Mike Urbanski each pitched an inning in relief without giving up a hit or walking a batter.
The Mohawks added to their cushion in the seventh. With one runner on, Ronnie Bernick blasted his first career Mohawks home run over the right field wall. Bernick, whose playing time has been reduced due to season-long struggles at the plate and in the field, was mobbed by exuberant Mohawks teammates as he tried to make his way to the dugout.
“I’m pretty hard working and to be struggling is something I don’t like doing,” said Bernick. “Hitting that, the teammate support from guys all over the country, they don’t have to do stuff like that, they really don’t. To have them be behind me when I’m at my lowest and my highest is awesome.”
Ebert knocked in his second RBI of the game later in the inning to give Amsterdam a 7-2 lead.
Urbanski, who has seemingly been automatic in the second half of the season, closed it out in the ninth for Amsterdam.
Snyder picked up his third win of the season, while Ruby and Ebert each put together a multi-hit effort for Amsterdam.
Mohawks head coach Keith Griffin is pleased with the effort his team has put forth the last few games in a season where inconsistency has been a big problem.
“I think we played really well the last two nights. Hopefully we’re getting better at the right time,” said Griffin. “That’s all that matters. We need to make sure we pay attention to detail when we go up there and play on Tuesday night.”
The Mohawks have tonight off and will be in action Tuesday in Little Falls as they take on the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs at 7:05 p.m.
Amsterdam 7, Cooperstown 2
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Smith, Griffin (5), Kibler (6), Tarleton (8) and Jordan; Snyder, Bartholomew (7), Kalica (8), Urbanski (9) and Skinner