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Coker and Gottam Lead Mohawks to 11th Straight Win

By Jon Sargalis

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The Amsterdam Mohawks win streak hit 11 as they defeated the Albany Dutchmen 7-5 on Wednesday night at Keenholts Park.

Between the raindrops, Wednesday’s game against the Dutchmen featured more walks than hits as both teams issued 17 walks compared to 15 hits and the teams combined to commit 7 errors.

Amsterdam scored 3 runs in the first as 2 walks and a single loaded the bases for Cade Bush who hit an RBI single that scored Gage Miller. Briggs Rutter and Cameron Love each followed with fielder’s choices that scored Ian Perutz and Brett Coker.

The bottom of the first started almost identical as the top with Mohawks starter Cole Cheatham gave up 2 walks and a hit to load the bases. Austin Bode drove in David Silva, Jr. with a groundout and Nick Schwartz hit a sac-fly that scored Ty Gallagher to cut the Mohawks lead to 3-2.

Each team scored an unearned run in the third to make it 4-3 Mohawks.

In the fourth, Gage Miller was hit by the first of 2 pitches he would have to endure on the night and later scored on a Brett Coker single to put Amsterdam up 5-3.

Sloppy defense got the best of the Mohawks in the fifth as Albany scored a pair of runs to tie the game at 5-5.

Brett Coker stepped in with the bases loaded in the sixth and delivered a 2-run single to put the Mohawks up 7-5.

Santhosh Gottam took over in the sixth inning on the mound and locked it down the rest of the way as he went 4 innings allowing just 1 hit and 1 walk with 3 strikeouts for his second save of the season.

Cole Cheatham started and went the first 4 innings allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 1 hit and 7 walks with 4 strikeouts. Conner Whittaker was the winning pitcher to improve to 3-0 as the Mohawks moved to 31-4 and Lucas Rich suffered the loss to fall to 0-2 as the Dutchmen fell to 16-17.

Brett Coker led the way going 4-for-5 with 3 RBI, 1 run and 1 stolen base. Nick Giamarusti recorded 2 hits and a double, Hunter Thomas and Cade Bush each had a pair of hits. Ty Gallagher went 2-for-2 with a walk, RBI and run scored for the Dutchmen.

The Mohawks will be on the road tomorrow night to play the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and the Dutchmen will be off tomorrow before going on the road Friday to play the Oneonta Outlaws.

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