AMSTERDAM - The Glens Falls Golden Eagles had to scramble their way through one tricky situation after another. But in the end they were able to come up with enough clutch plays to hold off the Amsterdam Mohawks in a 4-3 final on Wednesday night at Shuttleworth Park.
Fireworks Night presented by the Rotary featured a crowd of 2,063 cramming into the ballpark in Amsterdam. The Mohawks will feature another Fireworks Night today as well, presented by the Wasserman Foundation.
Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, the Mohawks had the bases loaded with nobody out and were threatening to take the lead. Reliever Matt Eckleman (St. Louis) worked out of it, allowing only one run, and then pitched a perfect ninth to record the impressive save.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Amsterdam was inches away from the tying run on a close play at home. With the bases loaded, pinch-hitter Shane Zimmer (Canisius) hit a hot smash to third baseman Josh Anderson (Florida International), who made an impressive pick on the short hop and came up firing for the lead runner.
The hard throw was off-line and pulled catcher Blake Sydeski (South Florida) to the fair-territory side of the dish, but the umpire ruled that Sydeski was barely able to keep his tippy-toe on the plate as he made the diving catch. The force-out at home of John Sansone (Florida State) was briefly disputed by head coach Keith Griffin to no avail, and Glens Falls was able to preserve the lead and eventually hang on for the victory.
Amsterdam also had a handful of impressive long fouls that just missed being game-tying or go-ahead home-runs. It was a night of near-misses for the Mohawks, who stranded 10 on the bases.
Glens Falls, ranked at No. 22 in the country, won its fifth game in a row and improved to 15-8 overall, the best record in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
Amsterdam had its two-game win streak ended and now stands at 13-12 overall including only 1-4 against rival Glens Falls.
Queensbury native Ryan Davis (LeMoyne) improved to 2-2 as the left-hander lasted five strong innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run in his starting performance.
Buddy Putnam (South Florida) was 2-for-4 for the Golden Eagles with a two-run single in the first inning. Bryan Ramirez (Texas Pan-American) was 1-for-3 with a sac-fly RBI, a run scored and a walk.
John Sansone (Florida State) was 3-for-4 for the Mohawks with a double. Jordan Ebert (Auburn) had a single, a stolen base, two walks and a run scored.
Amsterdam returns to Shuttleworth Park tonight against the Albany Dutchmen at 7:05 p.m. with post-game fireworks for the second time this week. ParkFest presented by the Wasserman Foundation begins at 4 p.m., and then Happy Hour starts at 5:30 with drink specials and live acoustic music.
Trey Wingenter (Auburn) will start the Friday game for Amsterdam.
Glens Falls travels to Adirondack to face the Trail Blazers in Boonville for a doubleheader today at 4:30 p.m. They return to East Field on Saturday night against the Utica Brewers.
Glens Falls 4, Amsterdam 3
Glens Falls201 001 000 - 4 6 2
Amsterdam010 000 110 - 3 9 0
WP - Ryan Davis (2-2); LP - Matt Ternowchek (0-1); SV - Matt Eckleman (1).