Mohawks announce 2018 schedule

Amsterdam Mohawks General Manager Brian Spagnola, right, talks with head coach Keith Griffin prior to the annual St. Mary's Healthcare and Host Family Night on July 22, 2017. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

AMSTERDAM — Though summer seems further away than ever during the present cold stretch, the Amsterdam Mohawks have been busy getting ready for the 2018 season.

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League recently released its schedule for 2018, its eighth season of competition. 

The Mohawks will open their season on May 31 with a non-league game against the Massachusetts Cages at Shuttleworth Park before opening league play at Utica on June 1 before hosting Saugerties in their home opener June 2.

As part of its 50-game schedule, Amsterdam will play the Glens Falls Dragons 11 times, the Albany Dutchmen, Oneonta Outlaws and Saugerties Stallions nine times, the Adirondack Trail Blazers, Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, Utica Blue Sox, Elmira Pioneers and Jamestown Jammers twice. 

The Mohawks will face Jamestown for the first time this season, traveling to Jamestown on June 13 and hosting the Jammers on June 16.

The Jamestown Jammers were the West Division champions last season and were defeated by the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in the PGCBL championship series. The Mohawks host the defending PGCBL Champions on June 12, it will be the first meeting between the teams since the DiamondDawgs swept the Mohawks in the East Division Finals. 

This offseason, the PGCBL announced that it would be moving to a three-division alignment, introducing a Central Division that consists of the Adirondack Trail Blazers, Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, Utica Blue Sox, and the league’s newest franchise, the Watertown Rapids.

The East Division includes the Albany Dutchmen, Amsterdam Mohawks, Glens Falls Dragons, Oneonta Outlaws and Saugerties Stallions. The West is comprised of the Elmira Pioneers, Geneva Red Wings, Jamestown Jammers and Newark Pilots.

The Onondaga Flames opted for a voluntary suspension from the league this season.

Each of the PGCBL’s 13 franchises will play 48 games in 2018 – 24 at home and 24 on the road – with the regular season ending July 31. The postseason dates and a playoff format will be announced by the league in the near future, as will the location of the 2018 PGCBL All-Star Game that will take place July 18.

Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL has expanded its footprint across the state of New York, growing from eight to 13 franchises, many of which play in former minor league markets.

In addition to releasing its schedule, For more information about the team or season, visit the Mohawks’ website, www.amsterdammohawks.com.

Amsterdam Mohawks Schedule

Thursday, May 31

Massachusetts Cages

at Amsterdam (exhibition), 6:35 p.m.

Friday, June 1

Amsterdam at Utica, 6:35 p.m.

Saturday, June 2

Saugerties at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Tuesday, June 5

Glens Falls at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Wednesday, June 6

Amsterdam at Glens Falls, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, June 7

Capital City Reds at Amsterdam (exhibition), 6:35 p.m.

Friday, June 8

Albany at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Saturday, June 9

Amsterdam at Saugerties, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, June 10

Amsterdam at Glens Falls, 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, June 12

Mohawk Valley at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13

Amsterdam at Jamestown, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, June 14

Albany at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Friday, June 15

Amsterdam at Elmira, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, June 16

Jamestown at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Sunday, June 17

Amsterdam at Albany, 5:05 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19

Adirondack at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Wednesday, June 20

Amsterdam at Saugerties, 7:05 p.m.

Friday, June 22

Oneonta at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Saturday, June 23

Amsterdam at Albany, 5:05 p.m.

Sunday, June 24

Saugerties at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Monday, June 25

Amsterdam at Glens Falls, 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, June 26

Oneonta at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Wednesday, June 27

Amsterdam at Adirondack, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, June 28

Glens Falls at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Friday, June 29

Albany at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Saturday, June 30

Amsterdam at Oneonta, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, July 1

Oneonta at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3

Glens Falls at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Wednesday, July 4

Amsterdam at Oneonta, 6:05 p.m.

Friday, July 6

Amsterdam at Glens Falls, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, July 7

Glens Falls at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Sunday, July 8

Amsterdam at Albany, 5:05 p.m.

Monday, July 9

Amsterdam at Oneonta, 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, July 10

Saugerties at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Wednesday, July 11

Amsterdam at Saugerties, 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, July 12

Albany at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Saturday, July 14

Amsterdam at Albany, 5:05 p.m.

Sunday, July 15

Amsterdam at Mohawk Valley, 6:35 p.m.

Monday, July 16

Amsterdam at Saugerties, 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17

Oneonta at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Wednesday, July 18

All-Star Game, TBA

Thursday, July 19

Glens Falls at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Saturday, July 21

Saugerties at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Sunday, July 22

Amsterdam at Glens Falls, 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, July 24

Elmira at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Wednesday, July 25

Utica at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Thursday, July 26

Amsterdam at Oneonta, 7:05 p.m.

Friday, July 27

Amsterdam at Glens Falls, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, July 28

Oneonta at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

Monday, July 30

Amsterdam at Saugerties, 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, July 31

Albany at Amsterdam, 6:35 p.m.

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