Mohawks post 8-6 win over Dutchmen

ALBANY — In their first contest following the All-Star break, the Albany Dutchmen (22-14) fell to the Amsterdam Mohawks (28-8) by a final score of 8-6.

After Albany took a 3-0 lead to start the game and saw their lead cut to 2-1 in the second inning, Amsterdam delivered a blow that the Dutchmen would not recover from for the rest of the game.

John Valente (St. John’s) started off the inning with a single off of Thomas Spinelli (Ole Miss). Spinelli proceeded to lose long battles to both Jake Mueller (Wake Forest) and Eric Rivera (Florida Atlantic), walking both of them on full count pitches. After Liam Wilson (Canisius) hit an RBI single to make the score 3-2, Matt Gorski (Indiana) delivered a three-run triple to give the Mohawks a lead they would never surrender.

Will Holland (Auburn) put an exclamation point on the six-run inning with a two-run homer to left field.

Albany drew one run closer, cutting the deficit to 7-4 in the fourth inning using an RBI single by Tyre with the bases loaded. The bases remained loaded for Allen, who flew out to left field to end the threat for the Dutchmen.

Amsterdam got the run back in their very next trip to the plate when Gorski reached base and ended up scoring on a wild pitch by Jeff Lonnecker (Trinity) to make the score 8-4.

Brooks Knapek (UMass) entered the game for the Mohawks in the seventh inning in place of Gauthier. Justin Decker (Dominican) immediately greeted him with a single, followed by a home run by Brandt Holland (North Alabama) to make the score 8-6 and get the Dutchmen back into the game.

Albany had two at bats with the tying run at the plate in the ninth inning after Brandt Holland hit a one out single off of Brandon Reitz (Florida State). They were unable to cash in as Allen flew out to right and Justin Childers (Ohio Dominican) struck out.

The PGCBL East-leading Mohawks return to Shuttleworth Park tonight to host the Utica Blue Sox in a doubleheader with the first game set to start at 5 p.m.

Amsterdam Mohawks 8, Albany Dutchmen 6

Amsterdam 016 010 000 — 8 11 1

Albany 300 100 200 — 6 9 0

Gauthier, B. Knapek (7), Reitz (9( and Maynard; Spinelli, Lonnecker (4), Steffans (7), Bruno (8), Fischer (9), Mundt (9), Walsh (9) and Villa, Kaucher (6).

By Paul Wager

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