Mohawks score trio of mercy-rule wins over weekend

The Amsterdam Mohawks needed to play just 17 innings to pick up a trio of wins over the weekend, winning three times via the mercy rule. Amsterdam won 17-3 on Saturday at Shuttleworth Park in seven innings against the Boonville Baseball Club, then swept a doubleheader Sunday against the Glens Falls Dragons by scores of 13-1 and 13-0, with both games halted after five innings.

The dominant weekend improved Amsterdam’s record to 19-3 on the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season. Nine of those wins have been ended early by the mercy rule, and Amsterdam has outscored its opposition 66-4 in its current five-game win streak.

In Saturday’s 17-3 win over Boonville, it was a nine-run first inning that set the tone for the Mohawks. The first seven Amsterdam batters reached safely, Gage Miller’s grand slam punctuated the surge, and he finished with five RBIs. Zach Gardiner also homered and he, Mark Black and Frankie Marinelli drove in two runs apiece on a night where eight different Mohawks had multi-hit games as Amsterdam collected 18 hits as a team. Conner Whitaker allowed two hits over four innings and picked up the win.

The Mohawks again had a nine-run inning in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, plating nine runs in the top of the fifth to trigger the mercy rule. Cade Bush went 3 for 3 with a double to lead the Amsterdam offense, while Cameron Love, Michael O’Shaugnessy and Brett Coker drove in two runs each. Cole Cheatham allowed just one hit — a solo homer by Glens Falls’ Will Minett — and struck out eight in a five-inning complete game.

The nightcap again saw the Mohawks trigger the mercy rule with one huge inning, plating 11 runs in the fifth. Coker went 3 for 4 with a double and three runs scored and Bush, Marinelli and Jacob Hand each knocked in a pair of runs. Pitchers Holden Phelps and Luis Misla combined on a one-hit shutout, with Phelps striking out six over four innings before Misla struck out the side in a scoreless fifth.

The Mohawks will be back in action Monday night at 6:35 p.m. on the road against the Albany Dutchmen.

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