AMSTERDAM - The Amsterdam Mohawks found themselves just 1 1/2 games back of first place in the East division of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League entering Friday's home game against the West division leading Watertown Rams. Mohawks pitchers struggled with their control as Amsterdam snapped a 4-game winning streak, falling 6-2 in a rain-shortened affair at Shuttleworth Park.
Amsterdam (20-16) sent strikeout leader Trey Wingenter to the mound. Wingenter struck out the side in the first but a leadoff single came around to score on an RBI base hit by JJ Wagner for the first run of the ballgame. The Rams picked up two more runs in the second, aided by an Amsterdam throwing error. Wingenter didn't have control of his curveball Friday as Watertown, who leads the PGCBL in walks, worked deep counts at will. A high pitch count presumably kept Wingenter from coming out to pitch the fourth inning.
Tall Watertown (21-16) righty Chase Heslep stifled the Mohawks early and didn't allow a base hit until Jordan Ebert doubled down the left field line to lead off the fourth. Shane Zimmer singled before a John Sansone groundout scored Ebert for Amsterdam's first run of the ball game. Dylan Smith, who scored the game-winning run of Amsterdam's walk-off win over Glens Falls on Wednesday, singled up the middle to score Zimmer and close the gap to one run. Watertown's Logan Grant gave up back-to-back singles in the fifth but shut Amsterdam down from that point forward.
Amsterdam shortstop John Sansone tags out Watertown’s J.J. Wagner at second during Friday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Shuttleworth Park. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)
Zach Quayle pitched two hitless innings for Amsterdam in relief of Wingenter before Alex Gagne struggled in the sixth for the Mohawks. Gagne walked the leadoff batter and got two quick outs before walking another and surrendering an RBI single. After falling behind in the count to Bryce Greater, Mohawks coach Keith Griffin pulled Gagne mid at bat in favor of Kevin Guthrie. Guthrie threw wildly on a pickoff attempt to first allowing a run to score, and surrendered an RBI single to Greager to put Watertown up 6-2. With Ed Charlton at the plate for the Mohawks in the seventh, lightning forced the players off the field. Within minutes a storm began, hail was falling, the field was flooded, and the game was declared officially over.
The loss was Amsterdam's first of the season to Watertown. They beat the Rams 17-0 in Watertown's first visit to Shuttleworth Park on June 25.
The Mohawks will play a double header today in Albany against the Dutchmen with the first pitch of game one scheduled for 5 p.m.. The Mohawks are 1-4 versus Albany on the season, but will have three more games to exact revenge against a team that has been ahead of Amsterdam in the standings all season.
Watertown 6, Amsterdam 2 (7)
Watertown110 003 0 - 6 8 0
Amsterdam000 200 0 - 2 5 3
Heslep, Grant (5) and Theroux; Wingenter, Quayle (4), Gagne (6), Guthrie (6) and Skinner