Mohawks open season with 12-1 rout of Flames

Amsterdam pitcher Ben Anderson (11) covers the base to get the final out of the first inning on Onondaga’s Trey Bauer’s grounder Thursday night at Shuttleworth Park. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam Mohawks got their season off to a good start Thursday, defeating the Onondaga Flames 12-1 at Shuttleworth Park.

The defending Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League champions were led by Amsterdam-native Julian Gallup (Niagara) who went 2-for-3 with a double, single and two runs scored.

Shenendehowa graduate Ben Anderson (Binghamton) got the start on the mound and pitched well in his debut, going four innings and gave up just one run on four hits, while striking out five and walking one.

The Flames jumped out to an early lead when Camillo Spinoso (LeMoyne) slugged a one-out, solo home run to left field.

The Mohawks answered in the bottom of the first.

Gallup led off with a double before scoring two batters later on Eric Rivera’s (Florida Atlantic) single. Liam Wilson (Canisius) singled with two away and moved to third on back-to-back walks. With the bases loaded, Alex Kashgerian (Hudson Valley CC) reached on an infield single that brought in Wilson to make it 2-1.

The Mohawks took advantage of two walks, a hit batsman, two singles, and an error to plate five runs in the fifth to open their lead to 7-1. In the fourth, Brendan Coffey (Sacred Heart) roped a bases loaded double that cleared the bases to make it 10-1.

In the top of the fifth, the Mohawks plated two more runs with the help of two errors in the field to make it 12-1.

The Mohawks travel to Veterans Memorial Park to face the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs today at 6:35 p.m. The Flames will look to bounce back when they host the Oneonta Outlaws today at 7 p.m.

Amsterdam 12, Onondaga 1

Onondaga Flames 100 000 000 — 1 4 4

Amsterdam Mohawks 205 320 00x — 12 12 0

Kemp, DeMauro (4), Marketell(8) and Spinoso, Nolan (8); Anderson, Lane (5), C. Knapek (6), J. Reed (7), Chiseri (8), McGillin (9), DeBrino (9) and Coffey.

By Paul Wager

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