Saugerties turns back Mohawks, 9-6

AMSTERDAM — The Saugerties Stallions jumped out to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 9-6 victory over the Amsterdam Mohawks Saturday night in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League East Division matchup. Tyler Kelder led the Stallions by going 3-for-5 with a home run and 3 RBI’s.

Saugerties took control of the game in the top of the first inning.

Luke Pettersen drew a walk, Mat Feinstein hit a single to right field and Matt Forlow got on to load the bases with no outs. Two batters later the Stallions got on the board when Clay Simmons drove Pettersen in with a single to left. Kelder then smashed a double to center field bringing Feinstein and Forlow in to give the Stallions a 3-0 lead.

Amsterdam responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Eric Rivera singled to right and Dylan Reynolds’ hit to center field gave the Mohawks runners at first and third. Rivera scored on a wild pitch to Dustin Skelton and then Reynolds came home on a hit from Skelton to cut the Stallions lead to one after one inning.

Saugerties struck again in the fourth inning when Kelder led off the inning with a solo home run. Jeff Palczewski reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to second on a wild pitch. Pettersen hit a hard shot up the middle that scored Palczewski and gave Saugerties a 5-2 lead.

Amsterdam managed to bounce back and pick up a run in the bottom of the fourth to keep the score close.

Skelton lined a single to center field and Anthony Gonnella got a hit giving Amsterdam runners at first and second. Dan Maynard laid down a bunt that was mishandled and was safely aboard to load the bases. Julian Gallup hit a sacrifice fly to deep center that scored Skelton from third leaving the Mohawks trailing by two.

The Stallions added a run in the fifth when Jesse Uttendorfer hit an RBI single to center scoring Simmons from third.

The Mohawks clawed their way back to within one run in the sixth inning.

Dan Maynard walked and ended up on third base after two wild pitches to Gallup. Gallup walked and John Valente hit a single to left field that brought Maynard in to score. Gallup moved over to third where he was able to score on a wild pitch making the score 6-5.

Saugerties scored again in the seventh when Kelder dropped a single into shallow center field and then went to second on a wild pitch. Kelder then came home to score after three consecutive walks. However, Amsterdam got the run back in the eighth when Jake Mueller drove in Chris Hamilton to make the score 7 6.

The Stallions came up with a couple of insurance runs in the ninth.

With Patrick Lagravinese on third and Uttendorfer on second, Pettersen hit a single to right field that brought both runners in to score and give Saugerties a 9-6 lead.

Amsterdam was unable to put anything together to mount a comeback and the game ended with the Stallions winning by three.

Amsterdam (30-11) will travel to Little Falls Monday to face Mohawk Valley, while Saugerties (18-20) is on the road again today to square off against Albany.

Saugerties 9, Amsterdam 6

Saugerties 300 210 102 — 9 13 1

Amsterdam 200 102 010 — 6 11 1

Hayner; Peterson (4); Nellis (6); Scheuer (8); Killeen (9) and Palczewski; McSweeney; Bird (5); B. Knapek (5); Anderson (7); C. Knapek (8); Reed (9) and Maynard

By Paul Wager

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