Mohawks clinch East Division

Amsterdam Mohawks’ shortstop Elvis Peralta (1) throws the ball to first after making a play during the second inning of Saturday’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game against the Oneonta Outlaws Saturday at Shuttleworth Park. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam Mohawks went back and forth with the Oneonta Outlaws in the first few innings, but would have two big innings during the game, putting up sixin the third inning and nine in the eighth to put the Mohawks in front, as the Mohawks won 21-8 in convincing fashion.

Joe Genord (USF) went 3 for 6 on the night, with two home runs. The first of his home runs was his 14th as a Mohawk, setting the all-time career record. He would have 3 runs scored and 6 RBI. Jackson Wenstrom (Hudson Valley CC) returned after being out for a month and a half to hit a pinch-hit grand slam. Shane Muntz went 3 for 4 with 4 runs and 4 RBI including a home run.

Anthony Eaton went 2 for 3 with a walk, 3 runs, an RBI, and a home run in the losing effort for Oneonta. Cassius Young went 2 for 4 with a home run as well.

Colin Wetterau started the scoring in the game with a RBI double.

Muntz hit a 2 run home run in the second to take the lead 2-1. The Mohawks would not look back. They scored 6 in the bottom of the 3rd inning, 4 of which came with two outs. It was highlighted by a Justin Foscue (Miss St.) 3 run home run.

Young would hit a 2 run home run for Oneonta in a 4 run 6th inning to bring the score to 9-7 Mohawks.

Amsterdam scored 1 more in the 4th.

The Outlaws scored 2 in the sixth, using a Young home run. The Mohawks scored 3 in the 6th inning, using a Muntz 2-RBI double. After a solo home run by Anthony Eaton in the 7th, the score was 12-8 Mohawks.

The Mohawks then put up 9 in the eighth, using a grand slam by Wenstrom and 2 home runs by Genord. Brad Busald (Indiana) got credited with the win in 2 innings of relief. Raby Hampton (Texas-Tyler) started the game and took the loss for the Outlaws.

The Mohawks clinched the Eastern Division of the PGCBL. They will play in Saugerties on Monday before returning home to face Albany on Tuesday.

The Mohawks will also be home on Wednesday to face an undetermined opponent in the first round of the playoffs. The Mohawks have a win streak of 9 after winning the game against Oneonta by a score of 21-8.