Mohawks pummel Pilots, 11-3 at Shuttleworth

AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam Mohawks toppled the Newark Pilots, 11-3, on Sunday evening at Shuttleworth Park.

The Mohawks started the game firing on all cylinders.

In the top of the first inning, Newark’s Derek Reed’s hit was caught by John McCarran, followed by both Jack Gerstemaier and Braxton Wilkes getting out before reaching first base.

In the bottom of the first, the Mohawks put on a clinic, scoring on four consecutive at-bats to jump to the quick 4-0 lead.

The Mohawks kept the momentum going, with Alex DeBellis hitting a near home run that earned him a double, and later, teammate Josh Puritano hit a double of his own that would get teammates Marcus Carson, DeBellis and Josh Gardiner across home plate.

“I was feeling good up there,” Purritano said. “I have been here a few days now and am just trying to get my timing down. I thought it all clicked today, and will just try to build off of what we did.”

Amsterdam coach Keith Griffin was pleased with his team’s fast start.

“Our offense did a great job in the first inning, about as well as we’ve played in one first inning,” Griffin said. “And our defense; we made plays. You know, when E.J. [Ashworth] shares the ball, he struck out a lot of guys tonight, but typically, he shares the ball. Our guys made nice plays behind it. I thought [Jake] Salpietro made a really nice play at third. Tommy Kane made a nice play at third. [Josh] Gardiner made a tremendous play at second, Marcus Carson made a nice play at center. We played solid, solid defense.”

The Mohawks eventually cooled off offensively, but their defense stayed hot for much of the contest before the Pilots’ Wyatt Padgett got the team its first base hit in the top of the fifth inning.

Amsterdam’s starting pitcher, Ashworth, had seven strikeouts through five innings.

In the bottom of the fifth, Gardiner hit a double that earned him two RBIs, with Joey Aiola and Carson scoring.

The Pilots remained scoreless throughout the first five innings before coming alive in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs in eight at-bats.

The late surge wouldn’t be enough, with the Pilots falling to the Mohawks 11-3 and to an 11-10 overall record.

The Mohawks are now 14-7 on the season, only one game behind division-leading Mohawk Valley for the best record in the league.

Amsterdam will play the Glens Falls Golden Eagles in a rematch from Saturday’s contest at East Field today at 7 p.m.

“We rested some of our starters tonight and tried to get some other guys some playing time, and the other guys played absolutely great. The key to this thing is giving some guys some time off and some breaks because they’re not used to playing every day. When you play six-seven days in a row, you absolutely need a day off.”