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Amsterdam and Glens Falls Split Doubleheader

By Bob Rotruck

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Game 2     Box Score      ScoreCast 

The Amsterdam Mohawks split a Father's Day doubleheader on the road at
Glens Falls getting toppled in the first game 9-2 and then bouncing
back in the second game with a 3-2 victory.

The twinbill marked the first visit back at East Field since clinching
the 2012 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League championship last
August with a 13-6 win in a two-game series sweep.

Rich Vrana (Marist) was lights out in the second game firing five
innings of shutout ball allowing just two hits for his first win of
the year. Josh Gardiner (Radford) had a pair of RBI's on bases-loaded
free passes he induced.

Glens Falls was led by Braxton Martinez (St. Louis) and Ramon Laureano
(NE Okla A&M) who socked their team's first homeruns of the season in
the opener. Laureano was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen
bases in that first game while Zach Kopf (Marist) fired the league's
first complete game of the season surrendering two earned runs and six
hits over seven strong innings.

The Golden Eagles raced out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning of the
opener off starter Logan Fullmer (Maine) and never looked back.
Brandon Martinez (St. Louis) socked a two-run homer in the rally.
Amsterdam had two near-misses for double plays at different times in
the inning that would have cut the rally short.

Zach Hopf (St. Peter's) fired the first complete game of the PGCBL
season lasting all seven innings while surrendering just six hits and
two earned runs racking up five strikeouts.

The Mohawks cut the deficit to 6-2 in the fourth inning partly due to
the heads-up play of John Nogowski (Florida State). Nogowski saw an
opportunity to steal third when the catcher threw the ball back to the
pitcher. He timed his jump perfectly and Glens Falls was not even able
to offer a throw. He consequently was able to score on a soft single
to left-center by Devin Wenzel (Cincinnati) on the next pitch.

But Glens Falls iced the game away with another run in the fourth and
then a two-run bomb to left by Ramon Laureano (NE Okla. A&M) for the
9-2 final.

After hitting no home-runs in the first seven games of the season, the
Golden Eagles socked a pair of long-balls in their eighth game.

Amsterdam bounced back behind the strong pitching of spot-starter Rich
Vrana (Marist). The lefty lasted five innings of shutout mastery
surrendering just two base-hits, one of which was a fluky pop-up bunt
single by Emmanuel Forcier (New Mexico J.C.) that landed behind the
pitcher's mound.

The Mohawks struck in the fourth inning against Glens Falls starter
Andy Cheray (Missouri State) on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch for Josh
Gardiner (Radford) forcing in a run. Glens Falls kept it close though
forcing the Mohawks to strand three runners on the bases for the
second consecutive inning.

Amsterdam almost doubled their lead in the fifth inning when Shane
Zimmer (Canisius) hit a monstrous, towering drive well beyond the
left-field fence and perhaps over a house across the street from East
Field. As Zimmer was rounding the bases believing he had crushed his
second long-ball of the season, he learned that the home-plate umpire
had ruled the ball to be foul. The Mohawks argued the decision to no

Amsterdam stretched their lead to 3-0 in the sixth with a bases loaded
walk by Gardiner for his second free-pass style ribbie and then an RBI
groundout by Colin Gay (Maine).

Glens Falls recovered two of the runs in the bottom of the sixth in a
rally that included a pair of RBI doubles by Bryan Ramirez (UTPA) and
Spencer Johnson (Missouri State) off Amsterdam reliever Mike Urbanski

The Golden Eagles put two runners on base in the seventh in their
last-ditch rally effort by Urbanski induced a couple of pop-outs to
finish his first PGCBL save.

Glens Falls had their three-game win streak snapped with the one-run
loss. The Golden Eagles played back-to-back doubleheaders this
weekend. They swept Mohawk Valley on the road on Saturday including a
10-inning affair in Game 2. And then split their twin-bill Sunday at
home with Amsterdam. All told, Glens Falls played four games in a
little over 24 hours and finished with an impressive 3-1 record.

Both teams have a well-deserved day off Monday.

Amsterdam returns to the field on Tuesday night traveling to the
Adirondack Trail Blazers. Trey Wingenter (Auburn) is the scheduled
starter for the Mohawks. Amsterdam's next home game is Wednesday night
against Elmira with Dylan Dwyer taking the hill. Friday is Fireworks
Night at Shuttleworth Park as the Golden Eagles make the first of
their four scheduled visits to the Rug City.

Amsterdam Mohawks baseball is now LIVE on the radio. Catch all the
action this season on 1490-WCSS and also on the internet at ustream.tv
"Mohawks Radio" in the search bar (full address:
ustream.tv/channel/mohawksradio )

Game 1

AM 000 200 0 -  2 6 2 (4)
GF 501 102 x - 9 11 0 (4)

W - Zach Kopf (1-0)
L - Logan Fullmer (0-2)
S - None

GF: Braxton Martinez (1), Ramon Laureano (1)

AM: Colin Gay
GF: Blake Sydeski

Time: 2:10

Game 2

AM 000 102 0 - 3 5 0 (12)
GF 000 002 0 - 2 7 1 (5)

W - Rich Vrana (1-0)
L - Andy Cheray (0-1)
S - mike Urbanski (1)


AM: Josh Gardiner
GF: Bryan Ramirez

Time: 2:20

Amsterdam 3-6
Glens Falls 5-4

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