Albany rolls past Amsterdam, 11-1

Amsterdam’s Julian Gallup, right, awaits a pickoff throw as Albany’s Brandt Holland dives back to first base during Tuesday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

AMSTERDAM — The Albany Dutchmen took advantage of some late-inning runs to blow open their game against the Amsterdam Mohawks Tuesday Night at Shuttleworth Park. The Mohawks got 6 2/3 solid innings from pitcher Ben Anderson before the Albany bats came to life giving the Dutchmen an 11-1 win over the Mohawks in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest.

The Dutchmen got on the board first when Brad Gneiting started the game with a double off the wall in left/center field. Two batters later, Gneiting scored from third when Trace Tyre got thrown out at first base giving the Dutchmen a 1-0 lead.

The Mohawks answered and tied it up in the bottom of the first inning. A pair of walks put Julian Gallup on second and Matt Gorski at first. Eric Rivera’s single moved Gallup to third and then T.J. Collett hit a sharp groundball to first allowing Gallup to score and tie the game at 1-1.

Amsterdam had some opportunities in the fourth, but left the bases loaded with no runs to show for it, leaving the score tied until the fifth inning. Zach Durfee led off for the Dutchmen when he reached first base on an error. Justin Decker hit a single between third base and short stop and Nick Estrella’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. Durfee scored when Gneiting got thrown out at first giving the Dutchmen a 2-1.

The sixth inning saw the Dutchmen finding their swing and scoring runs. Tyre led off the inning with a single and Brandt Holland singled to right field. Durfee drew a walk to load the bases and Justin Decker hit a blooper just over second base that scored Tyre and Holland and moved Durfee to third. Nick Estrella walked to load the bases again and then Durfee scored when Gneiting got on at first. Decker scored on a passed ball to put the Dutchmen up 6-1.

The Mohawks were unable to put any runs up and in the top of the eighth, Albany added three more to extend their lead. Decker got on with a single and Gneiting hit a shot deep to center field for a double that scored Decker from first. Peyton Sockwell got on at first base and Gneiting moved over to third. Tyre hit a double to center filed scoring Gneiting and Sockwell. The Dutchmen had built up a 9-1 lead entering the ninth inning.

After shutting down the Mohawks in the bottom of the eighth, Albany wasn’t done scoring. The Dutchmen added on two more runs in the ninth. With runners on first and third Dufree smacked a double to right field bringing both runners home making the score 11-1. Mac Welsh came on to pitch for Albany in the ninth inning and shut down all three Mohawks batters to end the game.

The Mohawks will try to get back on the winning track Thursday when they travel to Saugerties to face the Stallions before returning home to a doubleheader with the Stallions on Friday at Shuttleworth Park. The Dutchmen travel to play Utica today.

Albany 11, Amsterdam 1

Albany 100 014 032 — 11 11 1

Amsterdam 100 000 000 — 1 5 2

Fischer, Lonnecker (4), Burke (8), Welsh (9) and Villa; Anderson, Knapek (6), Chiseri (9) and Maynard.

By Paul Wager

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