GLENS FALLS - The Amsterdam Mohawks emerged from their back-to-back doubleheaders this weekend unscathed as they extended their streak of wins to nine straight. The defending league champions won back-to-back contests at Glens Falls by scores of 6-4 and 17-2.
The victories combined with a Mohawk Valley loss at Albany gives Amsterdam a three-game lead in the East Division with only three games remaining on the regular season schedule.
Amsterdam can clinch the East Division crown on Monday night with a win at home against second-place Mohawk Valley.
The victories clinch a post-season berth for the Mohawks as they also go on the verge of a division crown as well as the best record in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League which would earn them home-field advantage for the duration of their post-season run.
In the meantime, Glens Falls took their sixth consecutive loss as they tumbled down to fourth-place in the division and one-and-a-half games back of third-place Albany for the final playoff spot in the East.
The 17 runs in the night-cap equals a season-high for Amsterdam and is the third time this season they have reached that lofty total in a single game. The Mohawks won games in June over Adirondack 17-7 and against Watertown 17-0.
That huge output came thanks to a big 12-run outburst in the sixth inning as Amsterdam took a late 5-1 lead and blew the game away marching 16 batters to the plate in the single frame and stretching the lead to 17-1 at the time. The big rally fell one run short of the Amsterdam single-inning record in the PGCBL era as well as the league record. Last year on the road at Newark, the Mohawks scored 13 runs in an inning on their way to a 16-12 victory.
In the sweep at Glens Falls, the first game featured a 4-4 tie into the sixth inning of the seven-inning contest in a see-saw battle when Jordan Ebert (Auburn) knocked an RBI double to break the tie.
Dylan Smith (Auburn) hit a solo home run in the second inning to begin the scoring for Amsterdam. Chris Kalca (St. John's) earned the victory in relief after Dylan Dwyer (Kentucky) battled his way through 4.2 innings allowing four earned runs.
Game 2 of the doubleheader was also Amsterdam's fourth game in just two days following a twinbill sweep of Utica on Friday by scores of 8-3 and 5-1. Matt Snyder (Temple) improved to 5-0 earning the W for his third consecutive start as he went five strong innings allowing three hits and just one earned run.
Ed Charlton (NJIT) socked a three-run homer in the sixth as part of the huge 12-run inning and he finished the game 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Charlton's home run also pushes him past Glens Falls' Josh Anderson (FIU) for the most career long-balls in league history.
Jordan Ebert (Auburn) also went 4-for-5 in the game. John Nogowski (Florida State) drove in three. John Sansone (Florida State) was 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs.
Amsterdam 6, Glens Falls 4
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Glens Falls001 000 0 - 4 7 1
W - Chris Kalica (3-0); L - Kevin Cowan (2-2); S - Mike Urbanski (4)
Amsterdam 17, Glens falls 1
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Glens Falls000 100 1 - 2 4 4
W - Matt Snyder (5-0); L - Andrew Cheray (2-2).