Mohawks romp past Pilots, 17-4

NEWARK — The Amsterdam Mohawks defeated the Newark Pilots 17-4 in the Pilots regular season finale at Colburn Park Sunday.

The win improves the Mohawks to 35-12, the loss drops the Pilots to 19-31.

Andrew Saalfrank (Indiana) pitched two innings in relief, struck out three batters to pick up the win for the Mohawks.

The Mohawks on the board early and often.

In the first inning, after a lead off single by John Valente (St. John’s), then back to back walks by Dalton Skelton (Louisiana Tech) and Jake Mueller (Wake Forest) loaded up the bases with no outs. Dylan Reynolds (Fairfield) and Dustin Skelton (Mississippi State) drove Valente and Dalton Skelton in with sacrifice flys to give Amsterdam a 2-0 lead.

The Pilots answered in the bottom of the first when Amsterdam starter Brooks Knapek (UMass) walked the bases loaded, then threw a wild pitch that allowed Hunter Wells (Tyler JC) to score from third.

In the top of the second, Amsterdam sent 11 men to the plate, and added five to run their lead to 7-1. Toby Welk (Penn State Berks) and Chris Hamilton (Stony Brook) started the inning off with back-to-back infield singles. Welk came around to score on a Valente single. After Mann hit Da. Skelton to load the bases, Hamilton came around to score from third on a wild pitch. Mueller then drove Valente in with a single. Reynolds followed with a ground out to second to drive in Da. Skelton. Du. Skelton rounded out the second inning scoring with a single.

In the top of the third, the Mohawks added three more. After Valente and Da. Skelton both reached with one out, the moved to second on a wild pitch. Mueller and Reynolds both hit run scoring singles to drive in Valente and Da. Skelton respectively. After Du. Skelton walked to load the bases, Dan Maynard (Maryland) followed with a walk of his own to score Mueller from third to give Amsterdam a 10-1 lead after three.

Amsterdam added another run in the top of the fifth, when Welk was hit by a Jake Bernardo (Fordham) offering with the bases loaded to score Mueller.

The Mohawks added five in the seventh to go up 16-2. Graham Hackbarth (Pearl River CC) hit Reynolds, Dustin Skelton, and Maynard on three consecutive pitches to load the bases to start the frame. On an 0-1 count, Welk promptly unloaded them with a bases clearing, 3-run double down the left field line. Welk came around to score on a Battaglia error. Dalton Skelton then drove in Robbie Spagnola (Hudson Valley CC) with a double to round out the scoring.

In the top of the eighth, Hamilton hit a sacrifice fly to score pinch hitter Justin Reed (Indiana) from third to give Amsterdam a 17-2 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Pilots made it interesting by scoring two runs to cut the lead to 17-4. After Holden White (Wake Forest) loaded the bases, he surrendered walks to Mark McKenna (Canisius) and Will Allocca (Virgina) to drive in Zach Santoro (Notre Dame College) and Adam Donovan (DeSales) respectively.

The Mohawks will close out their regular season tonight on the road against Glens Falls.

The East Division Champion Mohawks will open their postseason play Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at Shuttleworth Park against the Saugerties Stallions. the winner advances to face the winner of tonight’s game between Albany and Mohawk Valley on Wednesday.

Amsterdam 17, Newark 4

Amsterdam 253 010 510 — 17 18 2

Newark 100 100 002 — 4 3 3

B. Knapek, Saalfrank (5), E. Anderson (7), White (8) and Du. Skelton; Mann, Bernardo (3), Hackbarth (6), Griffen (9) and Parker, Allocca (6).

By Paul Wager

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