Mohawks fall short at Mohawk Valley

LITTLE FALLS — In a game shortened to seven innings by rain, the Amsterdam Mohawks dropped a 3-0 decision to Mohawk Valley in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League contest Monday at Veterans Memorial Park.

With the victory, Mohawk Valley regains second place over the Albany Dutchmen by .007 of a point. The Dutchmen were idle on Monday, as their doubleheader with the Adirondack Trail Blazers was rained out.

The Diamond Dawgs drew first blood just four batters in. An RBI single by Russ Olive (Chelmsford, Mass./UMass Lowell) managed to get past the right side of the infield brought home Tim Zeng (Lumberton, N.J./Fairfield). A sacrifice fly by Dan Deely (Sonoma, Calif./Sacramento State) in the second with two out brought home Ben Porter (Newton, Mass./Columbia) and extended the Mohawk Valley lead to two.

Austin Pollack (Harrison, N.Y./Hofstra) extended the Diamond Dawgs’ lead to three in the fifth with an RBI single that made it through the second-third gap to score Alexis Monge-Rodriguez (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Barry).

Rain delayed the game in the bottom of the seventh with the Diamond Dawgs up 3-0. After about 10 minutes of waiting, the game was called and Mohawk Valley picked up the win.

Pollack, Olive and Monge-Rodriguez all finished with two hits for the Diamond Dawgs.

Dylan Reynolds and Anthony Gonnella each had doubles for Amsterdam, while Dustin Skelton, Dan Maynard and Chris Hamilton all had singles.

Douglas Molnar (Toms River, N.J./Wagner) picked up the win for Mohawk Valley, who snapped a six-game losing streak. Levi Abrahamson (Mountain Home, Idaho/Treasure Valley CC) got the save for the Diamond Dawgs.

Mathieu Gauthier was saddled with the loss for Amsterdam. Gauthier allowed eight hits, three runs, walked one and struck our four in six innings of work.

Amsterdam (30-12 overall) is slated to host Saugerties today at 6:35 p.m., while Mohawk Valley (25-14 overall) is scheduled to host Utica today at 6:35 p.m.

Mohawk Valley 3, Amsterdam 0

Amsterdam 000 000 0 — 0 5 0

Mohawk Valley 110 001 0 — 3 8 1

Gauthier, White (7) and Maynard; Molnar, Abrahamson (7) and Koniencki.

By Paul Wager

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