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Mohawks blank Wizards to win fifth in a row

By John McGraw

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. – Taylor Martin (Kentucky) and Matt Gage (Siena/Gloversville) combined to pitch a three-hit shutout as the Amsterdam Mohawks defeated the Watertown Wizards, 7-0, on Sunday evening at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. The Mohawks (6-2) have won their last five games and now stand one game ahead of second-place Newark (5-3) and Oneonta (5-3) in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League standings.

The Mohawks will attempt to win their sixth-straight game on Monday night at Shuttleworth Park when the Albany Dutchmen travel west from the Capital District. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Taylor Martin (1-0) scattered three singles over six innings, walked three and struck out three in his second start of the summer. He pitched out of a pair of bases-loaded jams in the first and third innings and induced three double-play groundouts. Matt Gage retired all nine batters he faced and struck out six to earn a nine-out save. The Broadalbin-Perth graduate did not allow a ball to be hit out of the infield.

Center fielder Ed Charlton (NJIT) started the game with a solo home run and Amsterdam never trailed. The Mohawks added three runs in the third, one in the sixth and two more in the eighth. For the second-consecutive game, the Mohawks recorded seven runs and Amsterdam batters pounded Watertown pitchers for 13 hits.  

All nine Amsterdam starters had at least one hit. Evan Stephens (Wake Forest) went 3-for-3 and scored once to lead the Mohawks’ 13-hit barrage. Ed Charlton finished with two hits and two RBI and Jeff Boehm (Kentucky) was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Nathan Gomez (Marshall) and  Josh Nethaway (UAlbany/Fonda) each had one hit, one run and one RBI. Chase Green (SIUE) reached base safely twice and scored twice.

Trailing 1-0, the Wizards loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning against Taylor Martin as the first three Watertown batters reached safely via hit or walk. Martin struck out Watertown clean-up hitter Cole Gleason (Wabash Valley) looking for the first out and then forced Christian Hickman (Alcorn State) to pop out to second base on an infield fly. With two outs, Martin struck out Brandon Roush (UTPA) swinging to end the threat.

The Amsterdam offense erupted for three runs in the third inning and all three runs were recorded in the span of three-straight batters. Josh Nethaway plated Nathan Gomez with a one-out RBI single single and then scored all the way from first on a double by Jeff Boehm. Boehm went to third on the play and then was brought home by collegiate teammate Thomas Bernal (Kentucky) on a ground out to the left side.

Watertown loaded the bases for the second and final time in the third inning via an error, a single and a hit by pitch to the first three batters. Taylor Martin retired Watertown’s Cole Gleason on a fly out to short left field and then induced Christian Hickman to hit into an inning-ending double play. Watertown would not threaten after that.

Nathan Gomez added to the Amsterdam lead in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Chase Green. The Mohawks tacked on two more runs in the eighth courtesy of an Ed Charlton RBI single and a Nathan Gomez ground out.

The Amsterdam Mohawks return home to play the Albany Dutchmen on Monday, June 18, for Salute to Hunter Pence Night sponsored by The Recovery Sports Grill. It will also be Amsterdam Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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