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Mohawks Sweep Doubleheader Over Newark

By Bob Rotruck

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The Amsterdam Mohawks swept a Sunday evening doubleheader from the
Newark (NY) Pilots at Shuttleworth Park 6-5 and 3-0 as the defending
league champions extended their weekend win-streak to three straight.

The first game was Amsteredam's first walk-off win of the year on a
Brian Ruby two-single with the bases-loaded in the bottom of the
seventh. And the second game was Amsterdam's first shutout of the
season with 6'7" righty Trey Wingenter (Auburn) going most of the way
with six terrific innings of four-hit ball racking up six strikeouts.

The twin-bill was a matchup of the first two champions in the history
of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The Newark Pilots
grabbed the title in the debut season of the PGCBL in 2011 with a 2
games to 1 edge in the final series over Amsterdam. And the Mohawks
were the 2012 champions 2 games to 0 over the Glens alls Golden

Josh Gardiner (Radford) hit a home run in each game of the
doubelehader for the Mohawks, his first two of the season.

Newark was led by Steve Laurino (Marist) who went 3-for-4 in the
opener with two RBI. Sam Fox (Pomona-Pitzer) was a combined 3-for-8 on
the day with a run scored and one RBI.

The Pilots rapped out 14 base-hits in the first game but stranded 12
runners on base.

Tyler Wilson (Buffalo) was the hard-luck losing pitcher with a
complete game in the finale. He gave up three runs in the first inning
and then was terrific after that retiring the last 13 batters in a row
to face him.

Amsterdam improved to 8-9 with the back-to-back W's. The Newark Pilots
fell to 7-8.

Game 1 was a back-and-forth affair with the two teams trading the lead
multiple times. David Vandercook (Columbia) tripled and scored in a
two-run second inning for Newark off Mohawks' starter Rich Vrana
(Marist). And Newark pushed the lead to 3-0 in the fourth with Coleman
Lukas (Pomona-Pitzer) eventually scoring after delivering one of his
three hits in the game.

Amsterdam surged back in the fourth beginning with a solo home run by
John Nogowski (Florida State), his first of the year, followed by a
three-run blast by Josh Gardiner that gave the Mohawks a 4-3 lead.
Gardiner was inserted into the lineup in the fourth by Keith Griffin
as a pinch-hitter and quickly rewarded his head coach for the mid-game
substitution with hi first long-ball of season.


Josh Gardiner after his 3-run pinch-hit homerun

Newark re-took the lead in the sixth with a couple of runs making it
5-4. Sam Fox and Jacob Russell (Kentucky) had doubles to start the
rally and Steve Laurino plated Russell for the go-ahead run.

The Mohawks came back in the bottom of the seventh for their first
walk-off win of the year. With the bases loaded and two outs and 2-2
count to Brian Ruby (Binghamton), the Mohawks third-baseman singled in
the tying and winning runs on a line-drive that was barely good enough
to win the game. Newark second-baseman Jeff Edwards (Valporaiso) times
his leap perfectly for the line-drive and was able to get a glove on
the ball in his attempt for a terrific game-winning catch. But the
drive glanced off the edge of his mitt and rolled away and turned into
the game-winning hit for the hosts instead.

Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) pitched the sixth and seventh innings to
earn his first win.

In the second game, all of the scoring would take place in the first
inning as Amsterdam would build their 3-0 lead and then hang onto that
margin the rest of the way. Ed Charlton (NJIT) and John Nogowski (FSU)
singled and doubled respectively. jordan Ebert (Auburn) drove in the
first run of the game with a sacrifice-fly.

And Josh Gardiner would launch his second home-run of the day with a
drive over the Chain Monster to make it 3-0. Gardiner had only one
home-run at Radford all season but was able to double that output in a
single day with the Mohawks. He also had two very long fly-balls to
center in his net two at-bats on close calls to driving out a third

Josh Gardiner after his second home run of the day.

Amsterdam loaded the bases in the second inning but Newark hurler
Tyler Wilson (Buffalo) worked out of it. And that began a stretch of
13 straight batters retired by Wilson until the end of the game in his
complete game stint.

But Trey Wingernter (Auburn) was too much for the Pilots. He allowed
just a couple of singles to Taylor Hinshaw (Georgia Southern) through
the first five innings. As he wore down a little in the sixth, the
Pilots loaded the bases and had a late chance to get on the board. But
Wingenter induced a ground-out from Steve Laurino to end the threat as
well as his solid stint.

A Seattle Mariners draft selection in 2012, Wingenter lasted six
innings allowing four hits, no runs, one walk while racking up a
season-high six strikeouts.

Amsterdam won three straight games this weekend in a little over 24
hours. The streak began with a 10-inning victory at Mohawk Valley at
Saturday night.

Amsterdam and Newark both have the day off Monday,

The Mohawks play home games at Shuttleworth Park this week on Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday. Tuesday will be Logan Fullmer (Maine) taking the
mound against the Watertown Rams.

The Newark Pilots are back at Colburn Park Tuesday night at 7:05
hosting the Elmira Pioneers.

Game 1

NP 020 102 0 -  5 14 1 (12)
AM 000 400 2 - 6 9 0 (7)

W - Mike Urbanski (1-1)
L - Dan Gauteri (0-1)
S - None

AM - John Nogowski (1), Josh Gardiner (1)

NP - David Vandercook

NP - Jacob Russell, Sam Fox
AM - Kyle Barrett

Time - 2:35

Game 2

NP 000 000 0 - 0 4 0 (7)
AM 300 000 x - 3 5 1 (4)

W - Trey Wingenter (1-1)
L - Tyler Wilson (1-1)
S - Christian Bartholomew (1)

AM - Josh Gardiner (2)

AM - John Nogowski

Time - 1:53
Att - 789

Newark Pilots (7-8)
Amsterdam Mohawks (8-9)

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