Mohawks open playoffs with win
AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam Mohawks team known for their outrageous offensive outbursts of late needed just four hits in defeating the Albany Dutchmen 4-2 in game one of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s East division final.
The Mohawks entered Friday as the PGCBL’s hottest team. The elite hitting prowess the Mohawks displayed late in the season didn’t carry over to the team’s first playoff game of 2013, but Matt Snyder and the Mohawks’ bullpen didn’t exactly need a lot of run support.
“Let’s just go with it, it was a good win but not a very well played game by the Mohawks,” said Amsterdam head coach Keith Griffin after adding yet another playoff victory to his credit.
Charles Parslow, a Fonda-Fultonville graduate, took the hill for Albany and, except for a small hiccup in the third inning, outdueled Amsterdam ace Matt Snyder.
Jordan Ebert led off the bottom of the third with a solo home run over the triple-stacked wall in left field off Parslow. Brian Ruby followed with an infield single and eventually scored on a Kyle Barrett sacrifice fly to put the Mohawks up 2-0.
Those two hits were the first two for the Mohawks, and they didn’t tally another base hit until the eighth inning.
“It was an anemic effort offensively,” Griffin said. “We worked away all day long. We went and hit early. Our focus and emphasis was on [hitting]. Our hitters didn’t do a good job.”
Snyder was sharp as usual for the Mohawks, scattering five hits across 6 2/3 strong innings and allowing just one run.
“We let Snyder go further than he’d gone the whole year and he was outstanding,” said Griffin. “He just wants to be out there. It’s invaluable how important it is for a guy to want to be out there.”
The only run Snyder gave up came in the seventh after Justin Brock reached on an error by Snyder and came around to score on an RBI groundout off the bat of Anthony Marks.
Chris Kalica struck out two over 1 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball, turning the ball over to closer Mike Urbanski in his usual ninth inning role.
Josh Gardiner used his legs to turn a leadoff walk in the seventh into Amsterdam’s third run. Kyle Barrett and Ed Charlton led off the eighth with back-to-back base hits, the second of which was an RBI double by Charlton that pushed the lead to 4-1 heading into the final inning.
Urbanski struggled uncharacteristically in the ninth. Fonda-Fultonville graduate Luke Nethaway and Brock singled ahead of Marks who knocked in Nethaway with a single of his own. With two men on, Urbanski struck out Bradley Noland to secure the game one win.
The Mohawks are halfway to advancing to their third league championship series in as many years. The Mohawks could punch their ticket tonight as they travel to Albany for game two at 7:05 p.m. Rich Vrana is slated to take the mound for Amsterdam. If Albany wins, game three will be back in Amsterdam Sunday at 7:05 p.m.
Amsterdam 4, Albany 2
Albany000 000 101 – 281
Amsterdam002 000 11x – 442
Parslow, Moss (7), Bannon (7) and Nethaway; Snyder, Kalica (7), Urbanski (9) and Skinner.