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Coker Leads Mohawks to Sweep of Doubledays

By Jon Sargalis

Box Score  Game 1  Game 2

The Amsterdam Mohawks were on the road Tuesday for a scheduled doubleheader against the Auburn Doubledays. Brett Coker (Middle Tennessee State) was the catalyst in both games for Amsterdam as the Mohawks won by scores of 4-2 and 2-1.

In the first game the Mohawks took a 2-0 lead in the second inning as Michael O’Shaughnessy (Davidson) drove in Cade Bush (Florida State) with a base hit and then later scored on a wild pitch.

The Doubledays tied it at 2 in the fourth when Mohawks starting pitcher Santosh Gottam (Brown) hit a batter with the bases loaded and then induced a groundout that resulted in a run scoring.

The Mohawks quickly took the lead back as Brett Coker hit an infield single that scored Gage Miller (Bishop State) putting the Mohawks up 3-2.

In the sixth, Frankie Marinelli (Manhattan) had a pinch-hit RBI double that scored Josh Overbeek and put Amsterdam up 4-2.

Brett Coker was 4-for-4 in the first game with a double, an RBI and a stolen base. Santhosh Gottam was the winning pitcher improving to 1-0 as he went 4 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. Nolan Lamere (Clarke) pitched a hitless fifth with 1 strikeout and Luis Misla (HVCC) recorded his second save as he pitched the final 2 innings allowing 1 hit and 1 walk with 4 strikeouts. Eddie Rives (Ithaca) took the loss falling to 0-2 as he allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks with 3 strikeouts in 4.1 innings.


In the second game the Mohawks jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a Brett Coker sac-fly that drove in Gage Miller.

The Doubledays tied it at 1 in the second as Mohawks starter Arlon Butts (Rend Lake) fielded a comebacker, but a high throw to catcher Hunter Thomas (Rend Lake) allowed Assaf Lowengart (Mansfield) to slide under the tag.

Amsterdam retook the lead in the fourth as a shallow fly ball to left field was misplayed by the centerfielder and allowed Frankie Marinelli to score from first on the error to put the Mohawks up 2-1.

In the fourth, Arlon Butts got into trouble with the tying and go ahead runs on second and third but was able to record the strikeout to keep the Mohawks in front 2-1.

In the fifth it appeared that Michael O’Shaughnessy had hit an RBI single scoring Ian Petrutz (Maryland), but it was ruled that Petrutz never touched third and he was called out.

In the sixth, Butts got into trouble again with the tying run on third base. Mohawks Head Coach, Keith Griffin turned the ball over to Jack Sylvia (St. Lawrence) with 2 outs and he only needed one pitch to induce a ground ball to short to end the inning.

Nolan Lamere put the finishing touches on the game with his second appearance of the day and recorded his second save of the season, while Arlon Butts received his first win improving his record to 1-1.

The Mohawks improved to 14-2 and will host the Glens Falls Dragons on Wednesday while the Doubledays will be off after dropping to 6-10.  


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