Red-hot Mohawks win three games over weekend, including 5-inning no hitter

The Amsterdam Mohawks’ incredible start to the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League continued over the weekend with three wins in two days, as the Mohawks beat the Oneonta Outlaws 8-0 on Saturday at Shuttleworth Park, then traveled to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Sunday to sweep a doubleheader from the Watertown Rapids by scores of 12-7 and 12-0 — the latter victory a five-inning no-hitter.

In Saturday’s 8-0 win over Oneonta, a dominant pitching performance by the Mohawks was paired with a 13-hit effort from the offense.

Four Amsterdam pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout, led by five no-hit innings from starter Aidan Kidd, who struck out eight and walked two. In 13 innings so far this season, Kidd has allowed just three hits, struck out 24 and walked six without surrendering a run. Quin Konuszewski, Chris Suter and Nolan Lemere completed the shutout.

Gage Miller doubled and drove in two runs, Mark Black ripped a pair of doubles and Cameron Love was 3 for 3 at the plate to lead the Amsterdam offense.

In the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader in Watertown, Hunter Thomas crushed a pair of home runs and drove in six runs to lead Amsterdam’s 13-hit attack. Miller also homered, and Nick Giamarusti tripled and drove in three runs. Amsterdam took control of the game with a seven-run fourth and added four more in the fifth. Collin Brougham struck out seven in three perfect innings of relief to earn the win.

In Sunday’s nightcap, Cole Cheatham and Von Baker combined for the no-hitter in a game that ended after five innings due to the mercy rule. Cheatham pitched four innings, striking out six and walking two, and Baker had two strikeouts and a walk in the fifth.

Up 5-0 after a run in the first and two each in the second and third, the Mohawks put things away with a seven-run top of the fifth that was punctuated by Ian Perutz’s grand slam. Brett Coker also homered for Amsterdam, which improved to 12-1 on the season, while Miller and Jacob Hand drove in two runs each.

The Mohawks will be back home on Monday at 6:35 p.m. as the Boonville Baseball Club visits Shuttleworth Park.

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