Nogowski’s single lifts Mohawks to victory

LITTLE FALLS – John Nogowski (Florida State) delivered a game-winning RBI single in the top of the 10th inning and the Amsterdam Mohawks edged the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, 2-1, in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

It was the second time this season Nogowski has delivered an extra-inning game-winning in Little Falls. He had an RBI triple on June 22 in the 10th inning for a win on June 22 at Mohawk Valley.

It was a hard-earned win in a fine pitchers’ duel in which Amsterdam had five pitchers combine on a four-hitter. Zach Quayle (Ave Maria) fired 3 1/3 innings of one-hit shutout ball with four strikeouts early in the game.

Chris Kalica (Schenectady County C.C.) kept the Dawgs off the board in the eighth and ninth to improve to 2-0. And Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) left the tying man stranded 90 feet away in the 10th inning for the save.

Gavin Culpepper (SE Louisiana) was outstanding for Mohawk Valley in his third start against Amsterdam. He kept the Mohawks hitters off balance all game long lasting 7 1/3 innings, surrendering three hits and just one run. Then Tyler Bray took the hard-luck loss in the 10th allowing one unearned run in 2.2 innings to close the game.

Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) delivered a two-out single, his second hit of the night in which Amsterdam only accumulated five. Ed Charlton reached on an error allowing Barrett to get to third. And Nogowski delivered again with his infield-grounder that was knocked down behind second base, but Mohawk Valley was unable to make a play anywhere as Barrett scored the game-winning run.

Nogowski finished 2-for-4 with a walk including his clutch RBI.

Mohawk Valley almost won the game in the bottom of the ninth. With runners at first and second and two outs, Craig Lepre (Albany) faced a full count against Kalica. The runners received the obligatory head-start and Lepre hit a high bounding ball to shortstop with Ronnie Bernick (Canisius) having to leap a little towards the hole in order to field. His throw across was barely in time to get the out on Lepre while the runner from second, Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice), was charging around third for what would have been an easy winning run had Lepre been ruled safe. The DiamondDawgs argued the call and head coach Roberto Vaz came charging out of the dugout to appeal to the bases umpire but the great, game-saving play by Bernick held up allowing Nogowski the opportunity to deliver the game-winning hit in the 10th.

Amsterdam improved to 3-1 in extra innings this year and 4-2 against the DiamondDawgs as they extended their win streak to three straight.

Mohawk Valley lost its fourth in a row and fell a half-game behind Amsterdam in the East Division standings for the coveted third and final playoff spot. Two weeks remain in the regular season.

The Mohawks return to Shuttleworth Park for home games Wednesday and Friday against the division leaders.

Glens Falls comes to town Wednesday night with lefty Dylan Dwyer (Kentucky) to start. And the Watertown Rams visit on Friday.

Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday is Heroes Night II and also Price Chopper Night. All area heroes (police, firefighters, military, EMT’s) and their families receive free admission. Free admission for two is also available by showing your Price Chopper Advantage Card at the ticket window.

Amsterdam 2, Mohawk Valley 1, 10 innings

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WP – Chris Kalica (2-0); LP – Tyler Bray (1-2); SV – Mike Urbanski (3)