Mohawks fall short against Mohawk Valley

Amsterdam pitcher Teddy Sabato fields a ball hit by Mohawk Valley’s Ryan Hernandez for the final out in the second inning of Tuesday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

AMSTERDAM — In a rematch of the 2017 East Division finals, the Amsterdam Mohawks squared off against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs for the first of two regular-season games between the teams this season.

The host Mohawks found themselves in a hole early but battled back to put the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth but could not get the timely hit and came up on the short end of the 5-3 score in Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League action Tuesday at Shuttleworth Park. It was the fourth-straight loss for the Mohawks against the defending PGCBL champions.

“We did not do a good job getting the hit when it matters most,” Amsterdam coach Keith Griffin said. “That is what we have to go work on. We scored one run, then one run; then one run. Then we had the tying run up and didn’t get the job done and they won again.”

Amsterdam starter Teddy Sabato struggled but got out of a first inning jam when the DiamondDawgs’ John LaRocca tripled and Ryan Hernandez walked to put runners on first and third with one out. Sabato picked up a strike out and got Joel Alvarez to ground out to end the threat.

Richie Barrella led off the game for the Mohawks with a single and Sam Praytor joined him on base with a two-out single but Mohawk Valley starter Mario Ferraioli struck out Toby Welk to get out of the inning.

Amsterdam's Richie Barrella connects for a hit during a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs on Tuesday at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The DiamondDawgs capitalized on a lead-off double with three-straight walks and a fielder’s choice for a 2-0 advantage.

Ryan Toohers led off with a double for Mohawk Valley in the top of the third and Alvarez followed with a single to drive in Toohers to stretch the DiamondDawgs’ lead to 3-0.

Nick DeBrino came on to pitch for Amsterdam in the top of the fourth and held Mohawk Valley in check, while the Mohawks’ chipped away at the lead.

Richie Nizza led off the bottom of the fifth with a home run. Barrella followed with a double and Joe Genord work his way on with a one-out walk. The DiamondDawgs came up with a 6-4-3 double play to end the threat and hold on to their 3-1 lead.

The DiamondDawgs picked up a pair of crucial runs in the top of the eighth with Toohers, Mike Young and Stephen Furman all getting hits and Young and Furman collecting RBIs to push the score to 5-1.

The Mohawks rallied back in the bottom of the ninth.

Chris Lanzilli led off with a walk and Nizza followed with a double. Michael Ludowig picked up an RBI with a ground out to the right side and Joe Genord singled up the middle to score Nizza and put the score at 5-3 with Praytor representing the tying run at the plate.

Alexis Calderon came on in relief of Erislandy Rives and struck out Praytor for the final out and secure the 5-3 Mohawk Valley Cup victory.

“I didn’t think we pitched well to start off with,” Griffin said. “Teddy wasn’t good enough and put us behind the eight-ball. We need somebody to go up and shut somebody down. I thought [Nick] DeBrino threw the ball well and gave us a chance.”

The Mohawks (3-5) will regroup and hit the road to play the Jamestown Jammers at Russell E. Diethrick Park before returning to Shuttleworth Park Thursday to host the Albany Dutchmen.

“We are an offense that is really struggling,” Griffin said. “We showed signs that we are a little bit better. We had runners everywhere and we strike out, so we need to quit that and continue to work to get better. We had a better day of preparation in the cage now we need to continue that and see what we can do.”

Mohawk Valley 5, Amsterdam 3

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Amsterdam 000 010 002 — 3 10 1

Ferraioli, Taglieri (5), Bisogno (8), Rives (9), Calderon (9) and Furman; Sabato, DeBrino (4), Stanavich (8), Busald (9) and Praytor.

Glens Falls 5, Amsterdam 3

GLENS FALLS — Josh Arndt had a single, double and scored two runs to lead Glens Falls to a victory over Amsterdam in a PGCBL contest at East Field on Sunday.

Anthony Vaglica was 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Dragons, while Nick Kondo had a double and an RBI.

Matt Hamel and Danny Ryan each had a single, RBI and scored a run for Glens Falls, and Nate Cobb added a single.

Michael Ludowig was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Amsterdam, while Jackson Wenstrom had a triple and scored a run.

Richie Barrella and Toby Welk added singles for the Mohawks.

Shane Barringer earned the win for Glens Falls, allowing no hits, one run, walking two and striking out one in two innings of work.

Brooks Knapek took the loss for Amsterdam, allowing three hits, two earned runs, striking out three and walking one.

Glens Falls 5, Amsterdam 3

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Glens Falls 000 113 00x — 5 8 1

Stephens, Knapek (5), Durant (6) and Praytor; Varela, Barringer (5), Bailey (7), Allegretti (8) and Vaglica.