AMSTERDAM - It was a strange set of circumstances in Amsterdam on Friday night that started and ended with rain. The Amsterdam Mohawks and Albany Dutchmen played to a 4-4 tie before the game was suspended in the top of the 10th inning due to rain.
The seventh annual ParkFest took place Friday afternoon leading up to the scheduled game time. The festival featured pony rides, a rock wall, carnival rides and games, vendors, and food for all in attendance.
With a half hour left until the scheduled first pitch, the skies opened up, dumping rain on Shuttleworth Park. The field seemed unplayable, but the Amsterdam Mohawks players and employees worked together to soak up the water and play got underway at 8:14 after a near one-hour and 10-minute delay.
Trey Wingenter made his sixth start of the season for Amsterdam. Wingenter got off to a rocky start, allowing Albany to score first on a two-run home run to right field off the bat of left fielder Bradley Noland in the top of the first inning.
Bryan Carr took the hill for Albany. Amsterdam got one run back in the bottom of the second following a throwing error by Albany second baseman Brian Ruhm on a ground ball that Kyle Barrett beat out at first. Brian Ruby, who walked earlier in the inning, came around to score for Amsterdam's first run of the ball game on the overthrow.
The Dutchmen pushed another run across in the fourth on the strength of three infield hits, aided by a Mohawks throwing error.
Ruby led off the bottom of the frame with an infield single that bounced off the leg of Hill. After advancing to second on a groundout, Hill threw errantly on a pickoff attempt, allowing Ruby to reach third. Barrett knocked him in with a base hit to right field, pulling Amsterdam within one.
Kevin Guthrie was brought in to pitch the fifth inning for Amsterdam. Wingenter exited having given up three runs, two earned, on eight hits. Chris Bianchi, who came in to catch for Albany in the second inning after starting catcher Nate Rupiper left the game due to injury, sent a sacrifice fly to right to push across another run for the Dutchmen.
The Mohawks were able to get to Dutchmen reliever Jose Hernandez in the home half of the sixth. Ruby and Keith Skinner led off the inning with back-to-back singles before John Sansone rocked a two-run double to the wall in center field, evening the score at four.
A pitchers duel ensued for the rest of the regularly scheduled nine innings before rain halted play for good as the 10th inning began. The Mohawks used six pitchers in total, with a seventh, Mike Urbanski, on the hill when the rain began falling. The game will be finished before next Thursday's regularly scheduled contest when Albany once again visits Shuttleworth Park.
Four players had multi-hit days for Amsterdam Friday: Barrett, Sansone, Ruby, and John Nogowski. Ed Charlton and Jordan Ebert each made an outstanding diving catch in the outfield, something Mohawks fans are growing accustomed to seeing from the two outfielders.
The Mohawks will be in Little Falls tonight to take on Mohawk Valley. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m..
Albany 4, Amsterdam 4, 10 innings
Albany200 110 000 - 4 13 3
Amsterdam010 102 000 - 4 11 1
Carr, Hernandez (5), Portukalian (6), Belcher (9) and Rupiper, Bianchi (2); Wingenter, Guthrie (5), Quayle (6), Fullmer (6), Vrana (7), Kalica (8) and Skinner, Brennan (8)