Mohawks blank Watertown, reach .500 mark
AMSTERDAM – Zack Brown was disappointed in his last outing for the Amsterdam Mohawks at Shuttleworth Park, a rain-shortened10-1 loss to the Glens Falls Golden Eagles.
On Tuesday, the right-hand pitcher from the University of Kentucky showed that night was a fluke, as he held the Watertown Rams scoreless on two hits through six innings before giving way to Joe Randall to close out the 6-0 shutout at Shuttleworth Park.
“That was definitely a game I am trying to forget, but I learned from it,” Brown said. “It was just good to get back out there and show people I am actually a lot better than I showed in that game. It was definitely a good outing for myself and the team. It was definitely good to get a win like that.”
Tuesday’s victory gave the Mohawks a four-game win streak and lifted them to the .500 mark for the first time this season at 6-6.
“I thought we played a good, clean game,” Amsterdam coach Keith Griffin said. “We have won four straight and appear to be playing a lot better. We just keep getting better. That is what I told them tonight. If you look at the score board, it says we got six hits, but we hit the ball well every time tonight.”
The Mohawks’ infield defense got the game off to a solid start. With one out, Joe Ogren singled for Watertown, but Amsterdam quickly erased him from the base paths as Josh Gardiner, Joey Aiola and Brendan Tracy completed a 4-6-3 double play.
Amsterdam came out swinging in the bottom of the first.
Marcus Carson and Jon Pryor led off with back-to-back singles, with Pryor later scoring on an RBI single by John Razzino for a 1-0 lead.
James Bonds drew a walk and Drew Herrick singled to give the Rams a pair of base runners with two outs in the top of the second, but again the Mohawks came up with the defensive play to end the threat.
Amsterdam picked up two more runs in the bottom of the second.
With one out, Aiola and Carson drew walks, with Aiola scoring on a throwing error that also allowed Pryor to reach base. Pryor advanced around the bases and scored on the Rams’ second throwing error of the inning to build a 3-0 lead.
Brown settled in on the mound and set the Rams down in order in the next three innings, while offensively the Mohawks added another run in the bottom of the fourth when Pryor doubled and scored on Razzino’s RBI single to up the lead to 4-0.
Watertown threatened to put a run on the board in the top of the sixth.
Shane Servoss drew a lead-off walk, but was left stranded at third as Brown enticed the Watertown batters to hit ground balls that the Amsterdam infield turned into outs.
Amsterdam closed out its scoring in the bottom of the seventh.
Rams’ relief pitcher Kyle Simmons struggled, walking three of the first four batters he faced and throwing a wild pitch leading to Josh Gardiner scoring. Ben Wylly came on in relief of Simmons and walked in Razzino for the Mohawks’ sixth run of the night.
Randall shut down the Rams in the final three innings, allowing only a single by Matt Diorio with two outs in the top of the ninth to lock up the 6-0 victory.
“We really hit the ball,” Griffin said. “We got only six hits, but we swung the bats really well. Our pitching is really phenomenal. Brown was outstanding and when we turned it over to Randall, he pitched three very good innings.”
Brown picked up the win, allowing two hits, walking three and striking out none, while getting the Watertown batters to ground out 12 times.
Pryor had a double and a single and scored three times for Amsterdam, while Razzino had two singles and two RBIs. Carson and JaVon Shelby rounded out the Mohawks’ six-hit attack with singles.
The Mohawks will look to cut into the Albany Dutchmen’s 3 1/2-game lead in the PGCBL East standings when they travel to the College of Saint Rose on Thursday.
The Mohawks return to Shuttleworth Park on Saturday to host the Adirondack Trailblazers on Gloversville Night featuring Little League Baseball Buddies from the Gloversville, Scotia and Schenectady Little Leagues. Saturday also is the second fireworks night of the season at Shuttleworth Park.
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Powers, Simmons (5), Wylly (7), Escobar (7) and DeLuca; Brown, Randall (7) and Logan.