AMSTERDAM – Dylan Smith helped the Amsterdam Mohawks walk off with a win by 6:30 Thursday evening, but the Mohawks weren’t able to take two from the Albany Dutchmen, falling in their regularly scheduled contest, 4-3.
Rain ruined the field at Shuttleworth Park as the tenth inning of a 4-4 ball game got underway on July 5th. Mike Urbanski took the hill for Amsterdam (16-14) to start the continuation and struck out three Dutchmen in two innings of work.
Jordan Ebert singled in the bottom of the 11th off Thomas Belcher before stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error by Albany catcher Chris Bianchi.
Smith, Ebert’s Auburn University teammate, crushed an offering from Belcher off the wall in right to score Ebert and move the Mohawks to within a half game of Albany for second place in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League East Division standings.
Dylan Dwyer took the hill for Amsterdam in the scheduled ball game. Dwyer was fantastic, allowing just two hits and one run through five innings. Albany’s Luke Nethaway hit an RBI double in the second, the only inning of the five that Dwyer didn’t face the minimum three batters.
The Mohawks got on the board early courtesy of a John Nogowski solo home run over the left field wall in the first. Nogowski knocked in John Sansone for another Amsterdam run in the third after Sansone was hit by Albany starting pitcher Kyle Pheland. Continuing a theme for the Mohawks this season, Amsterdam left the bases loaded in the second and third innings. The lack of offensive production, especially in key moments, from a lineup as talented as Amsterdam’s has head coach Keith Griffin scratching his head thirty games into the season.
“These guys are good hitters and we’ve been held to four or less runs in half of our games,” Griffin said. “I know these guys are good hitters but boy oh boy you can get them out easy.”
The Mohawks extended their lead in the fifth, taking advantage of some Dutchmen miscues. After Josh Gardiner walked and broke for second during the next at bat, Albany catcher Nethaway threw the ball into centerfield. Anthony Marks kicked the ball, allowing Gardiner to scamper home before the ball was successfully thrown back into the infield.
Trouble for Amsterdam came in the eighth. After striking out four through two perfect innings of relief, Christian Bartholomew hit the leadoff batter, Nethaway, with a changeup. Back-to-back singles loaded the bases before Griffin made the switch to Mike Urbanski who was pitching in his second game of the evening. Urbanski allowed a sacrifice fly that brought Albany within one, and a 2-RBI single that gave the Dutchmen a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish. Each run was charged to Bartholomew.
“You feel pretty good with Urbanski on the mound,” Nogowski said. “That’s baseball.”
Nogowski added his third hit of the game with two outs in the ninth, a booming double into the gap in left-center field, but Gardiner flew out to right to send the Dutchmen home with a split of the two-game set.
“It’s a frustrating team,” Griffin said. “[We] absolutely gave a game away. We had them swept tonight and just didn’t finish it out.”
Smith had two hits for Amsterdam, and the Mohawks’ pitching staff combined for 12 strikeouts in the game.
Trey Wingenter will make his seventh start of the season tonight at Adirondack when the Mohawks take on the Trail Blazers at 7:00.
Amsterdam 5, Albany 4 (11 innings)
(Continued from July 5)
Albany200 110 000 00 – 4 13 4
Amsterdam010 102 000 01 – 5 13 1
Belcher and Bianchi, Urbanski and Brennan
Albany 4, Amsterdam 3
Albany010 000 030 – 4 6 1
Amsterdam101 010 000 – 3 10 0
Pheland, Moss (3), Bannon (6), Collett (9) and Nethaway; Dwyer, Bartholomew (6), Urbanski (8), Kalica (9) and Skinner, Brennan (9)