Mohawks bash way to back-to-back wins over Saugerties

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Amsterdam Mohawk baserunner Brett Coker slides safely into third base during the 2022 home opener of the Amsterdam Mohawks at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam Saturday, June 4, 2022.

The Amsterdam Mohawks have come out of the gate mashing to start the 2022 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season.

After putting up 13 runs in their season opener Friday night against the Glens Falls Dragons, the Mohawks completed a perfect weekend by piling up 26 runs and 31 hits over two games to sweep a home-and-home with the Saugerties Stallions in a rematch of the 2021 PGCBL Championship Series that was won by Saugerties.

The Mohawks won 10-3 in their home opener on Saturday at Shuttleworth Park, then rolled to a 16-5 victory Sunday at Cantine Field. Sunday’s win was ended after seven innings due to the mercy rule, the second time in three games Amsterdam has pulled that feat off this season.

Saturday night, it was Jacob Hand leading the way for Amsterdam with a pair of home runs. Cade Bush went 4 for 5, and Gage Miller was 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles in a game that saw Amsterdam use a seven-run surge to blow the game open in the third inning.

Four Amsterdam pitchers combined on a four-hitter, with Jack Sylvia retiring all seven batters he faced to earn the win in relief. Sylvia, Santhosh Gottam and Nolan Lamere combined for 5 1-3 shutout innings out of the bullpen.

On Sunday, the Mohawks and Stallions were tied 4-4 after a back-and-forth two innings, but Amsterdam put up two runs in the third and six in the fourth to blow the game open. Hunter Thomas went 2 for 4 with a double and four RBIs for Amsterdam, Zach Gardiner went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, and Miller had three singles and three RBIs. Hand also drove in three runs and was one of six Amsterdam players to record a multi-hit game.

Luis Misla earned the win on the mound, striking out eight and allowing one run in three innings out of the bullpen.

The Mohawks will be back at home the next two nights, hosting Glens Falls Monday and the Watertown Rapids on Tuesday. Both games are scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.

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