Red-hot Mohawks win seventh straight

AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam Mohawks got a complete-game two-hitter from pitcher Andrew Saalfrank and TJ Collett collected five RBIs as the Mohawks romped to a 13-2 victory over the Saugerties Stallions in the opening game of Friday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League doubleheader at Shuttleworth Park.

The Mohawks extend their win streak to seven games and moved to the top of the East Division standings with an 8-1 victory over the Stallions in the nightcap.

Saugerties got on the board first in the opener when Nick Capana connected for a home run on Saalfrank’s second pitch of the game.

The Mohawks got the run back in the bottom of the first when John Valente led off with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Collett’s sacrifice fly.

Saalfrank set the Stallions down in order in the top of the second and his teammates gave him plenty of breathing room with a six-run second inning, highlighted by Collett’s three-run blast over the left-field fence for a 7-1 advantage.

Saalfrank again set the side down in order in the top of the fourth and the Mohawks rewarded him with four more runs.

Valente and Jake Mueller opened the inning with back-to-back singles before Collett singled to score Valente. Mueller crossed the plate on Liam Wilson’s single.

Matt Gorski lined a triple to right center to score Wilson and Eric Rivera to push the Mohawks lead to 11-1.

Patrick Lagravinese became the first Stallion to reach base since the first inning, drawing a 2-out walk in the top of the fifth but advanced no further as Saalfrank struck out Sam Russo to get out of the inning.

The Mohawks picked up two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Dustin Skelton worked his way on with a walk and scored on a triple by Valente. Valente crossed the plate on Wilson’s sacrifice fly to left to put the score at 13-1.

The Stallions picked up their second run of the game in the top of the seventh.

Matt Feinstein led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a pop out by Jack Gonzalez and scored on Nicolas Teitter’s sacrifice fly to center to put the final score at 13-2.

Saalfrank allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked one in the complete came victory.

Collett finished with a home run, a single and five RBIs. Valente and Gorski both tripled with Valente adding a double and single. Mueller and Wilson also doubled.

Amsterdam (13-6) will take to the road to play Saugerties today and the Utica Blue Sox on Monday before returning to Shuttleworth Park and hosting the Blue Sox on Tuesday.

Game 1

Amsterdam 13, Saugerties 2

Saugerties Stallions 100 000 1 — 2 2 1

Amsterdam Mohawks 160 420 x — 13 11 0

Jones, Scheuer (5) and Russo; Saalfrank and Skelton.

Game 2

Amsterdam 6, Saugerties 1

Saugerties Stallions 001 000 0 — 1 7 4

Amsterdam Mohawks 101 132 x — 8 10 0

Farkas, Peterson (5), Killeen (6) and Palczewski; White, Chiseri (3), C. Knapek (5) and Maynard, Skelton (5).

By Paul Wager

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