Amsterdam Mohawks rally for walk-off win over Albany Dutchmen

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The Amsterdam Mohawks’ Gage Miller tags out Austin Bode of the Albany Dutchmen out at 2nd base Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Four outs from losing back-to-back games for the first time this season, the Amsterdam Mohawks pulled a win out of their hats Thursday night at Shuttleworth Park, rallying to tie the game in the eighth before Cameron Love beat out an infield single and pinch runner Nick Giamarusti scored from second in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Albany Dutchmen.

The win improved Amsterdam’s record to 21-4 as the Mohawks began the second half of the 48-game Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League regular season.

For the game’s first seven innings, Amsterdam was listless at the plate for a second straight night, held to a run on three hits by Albany pitchers Danny Kelleher and Andrew Cubberly. But, trailing 4-1 in the eighth, the Mohawks loaded the bases with two outs before Zach Gardiner delivered a game-tying three-run double to left.

After a perfect top of the ninth inning from reliever Jude Abbadessa, Amsterdam started its game-winning sequence with a one-out walk to Josh Overbeek. Giamarusti came in to run for Overbeek and, with Love at the plate, advanced to second on a passed ball. Love then hit a high chopper to the left side of the infield and beat out the throw for a base hit as a charging Giamarusti came home to score.

Abadessa earned the win on a night the Amsterdam bullpen allowed one run over 5 1-3 innings after starter Cade Citelli allowed three runs — two earned — on six hits in 3 2-3 innings. The runs were the first allowed by Citelli this season.

Gardiner and Ian Petrutz each had two hits for the Mohawks, while Albany’s Austin Bode and Caden Shapiro also had two hits each, though the Dutchmen stranded 13 runners on base and had three men caught stealing.

Friday will see the Mohawks head to Murnane Field for a matchup of the two best teams in the PGCBL, as they face the Utica Brewers in a doubleheader with Game 1 set to start at 5 p.m.

Albany 020 101 000 — 4 10 1

Amsterdam 000 100 031 — 5 6 2

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