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Mohawks Win 3rd Straight

By Bob Rotruck

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The Amsterdam Mohawks won their third in a row hanging on at the end
for a 9-7 victory over the Elmira Pioneers on Wednesday night at
Shuttleworth Park. The defending champions of the Perfect Game
Collegiate Baseball League improved to 5-6 with the win while Elmira
fell to 5-4.

Amsterdam led 9-2 after seven innings but a furious Pioneers rally in
the final two frames brought an exciting finish with Elmira plating
the game's last five runs and bringing the tying man to the plate.

Brian Ruby (Binghamton) socked his first career Mohawks' home-run.
Parker Curry (Samford) and Ryan Plantier (Cornell) hit the first
home-runs of the season for Elmira.

Kevin Guthrie (Brown) spun 3.2 innings of no-hit middle relief to earn
the victory. Kevin is the son of former major league pitcher Mark
Guthrie who threw almost 1,000 innings in his career with the Dodgers,
Twins, Cubs and other teams.

Chris Kalica (Schenectedy County C.C.) halted the ninth inning rally
for his first save.

Amsterdam raced out to a 4-0 lead while Elmira starter Jasper Adams
(Ithaca) received little help from his defense behind him. The
Pioneers committed errors on three consecutive infield grounders all
with the bases loaded as Amsterdam kept plating runs and moving from
station to station on the miscues.

Parker Curry teed off on Dylan Dwyer (Kentucky) for a two-run shot in
the second to trim Amsterdam's lead to 4-2.

The Mohawks would score three in the fifth inning and two more in the
sixth to extend their lead to 9-2. Ruby's two-run blast in the fifth
highlighted the stretch.

Elmira's Ryan Plantier launched an impressive, towering drive well
past the Chain Monster in left-field off Tayl0r Butler (LSU) cutting
the lead to 9-3 in the eighth inning.

With the game seemingly put away, Elmira would score four more in the
ninth to give themselves a chance for the big comeback. Chris Knott
(East Stroudsburg) knocked a two-run double to left making it 9-7.

But Chris Kalica would strikeout Plantier and Andrew Nist (Temple)
back-to-back to finish the game and earn the save.

Jordan Ebert (Auburn) and John Sansone (Florida State) both made their
Amsterdam debuts having just arrived to the team. Ebert played in
left-field while Sansone, who went 2-for-4 with a double, was at

Amsterdam plays a pair of games at the #9 nationally ranked Albany
Dutchmen Thursday at 6:00. The opener is the completion of a suspended
game from June 5 in which a power-outage suspended play at Bob
Bellizzi Field. That game will resume in the 8th inning of a 5-5 tie.
Left-hander Matt Snyder (FMCC) will start the game after the
completion of the suspended game which is slated to start at 7:05.

Amsterdam returns to Shuttleworth Park Friday at 7:05 against Glens
Falls on Fireworks Night. Saturday is the New York Amateur Boxing
Championships at Shuttleworth. And Sunday at 5:00 is a doubleheader
vs. Newark.

Elmira returns to Dunn Field on Thursday night at 7:05 against the
Glens Falls Golden Eagles.

EP 020 000 014 - 7 8 4 (7)
AM 400 032 00x - 9 11 0 (7)

W - Kevin Guthrie (1-0)
L - Jasper Adams (0-1)
S - Chris Kalica (1)

HR -
EP - Parker Curry (1), Ryan Plantier (1)
AM - Brian Ruby (1)

Doubles -
EP - Chris Knott
AM - Josh Gardiner, John Sansone

Elmira Pioneers 5-4
Amsterdam Mohawks 5-6

Time - 2:46
Att - 1309

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