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Mohawks Provide Fireworks in 22-2 Win Over Dragons

By Ian Nicholas

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On Saturday night, the fireworks started early from Shuttleworth Park as the Mohawks (24-4) set the PGCBL season-high for runs scored in a single game with a 22-2 win over the Dragons (4-21) in seven innings. Amsterdam hasn’t scored 22 runs dating back to at least 2006 and hadn’t scored more than 20 since July 2018. The Mohawks won their fourth straight while the Dragons lost their tenth in a row. Amsterdam is now 5-1 this summer against Glens Falls and has outscored the Dragons 72-12 across their six meetups. 


Lefty Cole Cheatam (Mississippi State) made his fifth start of the summer for Amsterdam. In the top of the first, Glens Falls got on the board with an RBI single from former Mohawk Danny Moshier (Marist) that scored Mario Cubello (St. John Fisher). Amsterdam clapped back hard in the bottom of the frame off Dragons starter Jake O’Connor (Hobart). After an Ian Petrutz (Maryland) double and Mark Black (Gardiner-Webb) walk, Zach Gardiner (Marshall) lined a single down the right-field line to tie the game at 1-1. Then, Josh Overbeek (Pittsburgh) dropped a ball in the right-centerfield gap for a two-run single. Off the very next pitch, Michael O’Shaugnessy (Davidson) blasted a ball over the left-field wall for his first home run of the summer. The Mohawks led 6-1 after O’Shaugnessy’s three-run shot, which he hit off his former high school teammate. 


Glens Falls cut the deficit to four in the top of the second after an RBI single from Sean Butkowski (Millersville) let Kyle Zaslaw (Union) come home. But in the bottom of the inning, Amsterdam went to work. Gage Miller (Bishop State CC) ripped one over the leftfield wall for a two-run blast and also his fifth home run of the season Four batters later, Cameron Love (Rutgers) launched a double to score Petrutz. Up next was Cade Bush (Florida State), who punched a ball to left-center that turned into a two-RBI double to make the score 11-2 Mohawks. O’Connor’s night ended after 1.1 innings pitched, allowing 11 runs off 10 hits and two walks. 


A scoreless third frame from both squads ended Cheatam’s evening with three innings pitched, two runs, five hits, three strikeouts, and two walks. Amsterdam wasn’t done scoring, though, as it scored nine runs in the bottom of the fourth. With a two-run homer, Bush collected his second four-bagger in the last two days. Hunter Thomas (Arkansas State) recorded his 22nd and 23rd RBIs of the summer after a two-run double. Paul Winland (Flordia SouthWestern) rolled one through the hole and into right field for a two-RBI single. And with the bases loaded, Jacob Hand (WPI) whacked a bases-clearing double to give the Mohawks a 20-2 lead. 


Amsterdam added a pair of scores in the bottom of the sixth thanks to an RBI triple from Love and a run-scoring single from Bush (who finished the night going 3-5 with five runs batted in). The Mohawks bullpen kept the Dragons scoreless over the final four innings to end the game after the top of the seventh. Hagan Banks (Alabama), Ryan Van Buren (Maryland), Nolan Lamere (George Mason), and Von Baker (Cornell) combined to allow two hits with four punchouts and three walks. Van Buren was named the winning pitcher while O’Connor was handed the loss. 


On the road tomorrow, the Mohawks aim for their fifth win in a row against the Stallions at 7:00 pm. Listen in to the radio broadcast on the Amsterdam Mohawks Facebook page through Facebook Live. At the same time, the Dragons host the Dutchmen. 


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