Mohawks to play for league title
WATERTOWN — Shane Muntz had a triple, two singles and three RBIs to help Amsterdam post a 12-4 victory over Watertown in the second game of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League semifinal series at Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Friday.
With the win, the Mohawks advance to the PGCBL championship series, which is scheduled to begin Monday.
It marks the sixth time in the eight-year history of the league that Amsterdam has played in the championship series. The Mohawks won the league title in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.
On Friday, the Mohawks scored three runs in the first inning and two more in the second to surge to an early 5-0 lead.
Amsterdam added one more run in the fourth before Watertown scored its first run in the bottom of the inning.
The Mohawks scored twice in the top of the sixth, eighth and ninth innings to grab a 12-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
The Rapids scored three times in their final at-bat before Amsterdam emerged with the 12-4 victory.
Mike Antico, Joe Genord and Richie Barrella all had two hits for Amsterdam, which finished with 13 hits in the game.
Antico and Barrella each scored three runs for the Mohawks.
Ben Rhodes had a double for Amsterdam, while Tanner Allen added a triple.
Amsterdam will face either Jamestown or Geneva in the best-of-three championship series, which is scheduled to begin Monday.
Geneva evened its semifinal series with Jamestown on Friday, posting a 4-2 victory in Game 2.
Langston Livingston had two singles and two RBIs for the Red Wins, while Tanner Murray also had two singles. Trustin Riley added a double for Geneva.
Dailin Lee had two singles for Jamestown, which was held to three hits.
The Jammers won the series opener in Jamestown on Thursday, 3-2.
The third and final game of the semifinal series is scheduled for today at Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park in Jamestown.
If Jamestown wins, it will host Amsterdam in Game 1 of the PGCBL championship series Monday.
If Geneva wins, Amsterdam will host the first game of the championship series Monday at Shuttleworth Park.
Amsterdam 12, Watertown 4
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Watertown 000 100 003 — 4 6 4
Lockhart, Stafflinger (7), DeBrino (8), Sabato (9) and Genord; Bosma, Frongello (4), Czepiel (9), Brito (9) and Bergmann.
Geneva 4, Jamestown 2
Jamestown 000 100 000 — 2 3 2
Geneva 100 200 10x — 4 7 0
Young, Lloyd (7), Johnston (7) and Livorsi; Branche, Haass (8) and Miller.