Mohawks keep rolling, win seventh straight
AMSTERDAM – For the second time in as many days, Mother Nature interrupted a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game between the Amsterdam Mohawks and Albany Dutchmen on Tuesday.
After weather suspended the second game of Monday’s scheduled doubleheader at Albany to Friday, rain shortened Tuesday’s contest to seven innings at Shuttleworth Park.
The Mohawks emerged victorious, 3-2, scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh when an RBI single by John?Razzino plated pinch runner Marcus Carson.
The game was halted a short time later by rain and called official at 9:30 p.m.
The win was the 18th in 19 games for the Mohawks, who also won their seventh straight game.
The game started off slow for both teams, going scoreless until Amsterdam’s Jon Pryor hit an RBI single to score Jake Salpietro home, putting the defending league champions on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning.
The Dutchmen answered back in the fourth inning, with Adam Lee capitalizing off of Cam Miller’s single to right field to tie the game up at 1-1.
The Mohawks began to pick-up some momentum in the fifth inning, using a double-play to keep Albany at bay.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Mohawks’ Brendan Tracy scored an unearned run to give the Mohawks the lead.
In the top of the seventh inning, Albany’s Ryan Toomey scored on a single by Nick Jewett.
Toomey finished the game 2-for-3 for the Dutchmen (12-14 overall), while Jewett and Miller each had a single and an RBI.
Justin Brock, Demetrius Webb and Lee also had hits for the Dutchmen.
Razzino finished with a single and two RBIs for the Mohawks, while Blake Logan, Thomas Kain and Tracy also had hits.
Joe Randall earned the win on the mound for Amsterdam, improving to 3-1 on the season. Randall allowed two hits in one inning of relief.
Taylor Blatch started for the Mohawks, striking out seven, walking one and allowing four hits in five innings of work.
Prior to the game, it was announced the Amsterdam Mohawks had 10 players named to the East Division PGCBL All-Star team.
JaVon Shelby, Josh Gardiner, Marcus Carson, E.J. Ashworth, Jonathan Pryor, Thomas Hackimer, Ryan Clark, Blatch, Logan and Razzino all were named all-stars for the Mohawks, while Amsterdam coach Keith Griffin will coach the East All-Stars. The all-star game is scheduled for Tuesday at Dunn Field in Elmira at 4 p.m.
Amsterdam (20-7 overall) is scheduled to travel to Utica today to face the Utica Brewers at Murnane Field at 7 p.m.
Albany (12-14) is scheduled to host Newark today at 7:05 p.m.
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