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Mohawks off to best ever start at 6-0 with 2-1 win

By Ian Nicholas
The Amsterdam Mohawks improved to 6-0 with a 2-1 home win over the Oneonta Outlaws on Friday night. Oneonta’s now dropped two in a row and sits at 3-3. Not only is Amsterdam the lone undefeated team left in the PGCBL, but the 6-0 start marks the best ever in Mohawks history.
Texas-Arlington’s Cade Citelli made his first start for Amsterdam, pitching five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts compared to just one walk. The redshirt freshman surrendered five hits but got out of multiple jams. In the third inning alone, Citelli allowed runners on first and second with no outs, but then proceeded to bounce back by first inducing a 1-6-3 double play and then getting a pop out to leave a man stranded at third.
On offense, the Mohawks struck first in the fourth inning when third baseman Josh Overbeek hit a fly ball to centerfield with runners on the corners and no outs, leading to a Gage Miller score.
Amsterdam extended its advantage to 2-0 after Miller dunked a single into right field an inning later, with Cameron Love dashing from first to home plate for another run.
Oneonta responded in the sixth, putting runners on second and third with one out against Wake Forest pitcher Carson Cotugno. Jahlani Hamer grounded one to shortstop Brett Coker, who decided to get the out at third instead of throwing home, leading to a run scored for Dylan Broderick.
Amsterdam would hold on over the final three innings, though, getting a scoreless frame from Brown pitcher Santhosh Gottam before Hudson Valley Community College’s Luis Misla recorded the final six outs of the contest.
The Mohawks can stay perfect on the road in Saugerties against the Stallions tomorrow night. At the same time, the Outlaws host the DiamondDawgs at 7:05.

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