AMSTERDAM - The Amsterdam Mohawks' offense continued to click Monday night at Shuttleworth Park.
Playing their second doubleheader in as many days, the Mohawks hammered out 10 hits in a 6-4 win over the Adirondack Trail Blazers in the first game, and were off to a fast start before rain forced the second game to be called in the bottom of the second.
The teams picked up where they left off after an 11-inning contest Saturday night, in which the teams combined for 33 hits in a 10-6 Amsterdam win.
Amsterdam Mohawks second baseman Josh Gardiner prepares to make an over-the-shoulder catch during the fourth-inning of Monday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game against the Adirondack Trail Blazers at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Amsterdam first baseman Brendan Tracy stretches to keep his foot on the bag to get Adirondack’s Brad Jones during Monday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Shuttleworth Park. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Trail Blazers ended the Mohawks' 17-inning scoreless streak with a two-run second inning.
Alex Tuccio opened the inning with a single before R.J. Devish worked his way on to put runners at first and second with one out. Brad Jones connected for a double to score Tuccio and Devish for a 2-0 lead.
The Mohawks responded quickly, putting up three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Brendan Tracy started the inning off with a double and Jonathan Pryor drew a one-out walk. With two outs, Tracy and Pryor executed a double steal and LaVon Shelby walked to load the bases. Josh Gardiner came through with a single up the middle to score Tracy and Pryor to tie the game before John Razzino picked up the go-ahead RBI with his single off the glove of shortstop Greg Wasikowski to give Amsterdam a 3-2 lead.
The Trail Blazers tied the game in the top of the third. Mike Carter bunted his way on and advanced to third on Alex Lushevich's one-out single. Carter tied the game, scoring on Tuccio's fielder's choice.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the fifth, when the Mohawks pushed three more runs across the plate.
Razzino opened the inning with a single and was running when Tommy Kain doubled down the left-field line to score Razzino. Alex DeBellis and Tracy followed with back-to-back singles, with Razzino scoring on Tracy's hit. DeBellis later scored on Pryor's sacrifice fly to build a 6-3 lead for Amsterdam.
Adirondack got a run back in the top of the seventh when Brad Jones homered off reliever John McCarren to put the final score at 6-4.
Gardiner moved closer to the top of the Mohawks' career hit list with his 100th and 101st hits in the opener.
Zack Brown was solid on the mound for the Mohawks, allowing five hits and striking out nine.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Fort Plain High School graduate Jabin Weaver got the start for the Trail Blazers but got off to a rocky start as the Mohawks put a pair of runs on the board before the rains came, forcing the game to be called.
The Mohawks will host the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs tonight in the final regular season home game before closing out the season on the road against the Albany Dutchmen.
The Mohawks will return to Shuttleworth Park on Friday night for the opening game of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League playoffs.
Amsterdam will host the winner of Thursday's play-in game in Little Falls between Albany and Mohawk Valley in the opening game of the three-game East Division playoffs.
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Sondergard, Parsons (5) and Jones; Brown, McCarron (7) and Logan.