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Bombs Away! 5 HR's for Mohawks at Cooperstown

By Bob Rotruck

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Keith Griffin's Amsterdam Mohawks are on a roll. Big time!

Amsterdam pushed their win streak to five in a row with an 11-3
victory at the Cooperstown Hawkeyes on Wednesday evening at Doubleday
Field. The Mohawks blasted out a league season-high five home runs in
the game including two long-balls from Dylan Smith (Auburn) as well as
a record-breaking 11th career home run by Ed Charlton (NJIT).

Charlton now leads the league with four home-runs this season. The
historic shot was also the 11th of his career in the Perfect Game
Collegiate Baseball League, breaking the former all-time record of 10
held by Erick Gaylord of Watertown.

The five home-runs for Amsterdam are also the most in a single game
for any PGCBL team this season. The Mohawks hit back-to-back dingers
in consecutive innings as well.

Amsterdam improves to 10-9 with the win while the Cooperstown Hawkeyes
had their three-game win streak snapped as they fell to 9-6. It is the
first time the Mohawks have been over the .500 mark since initially
posting a 1-0 mark at the beginning of the season.

It was the second consecutive game reaching double-figures for the
Mohawks who drilled Watertown 17-0 back at Shuttleworth Park on
. In the Tuesday game, Amsterdam pounded out 20 hits but only

one of them was a home-run and 17 of the knocks were singles. On
Wednesday, it was another 16 hits for the red-hot offense of the Tribe
but this time they crushed five long-balls in the mix.

Colonie native Matt Snyder (Fulton-Montgomery C.C.) pitched well for
the win lasting six solid innings allowing six hits, two earned runs
out of three total, while walking one and striking out three to
improve to 2-0.

John Sansone (Florida State) and Dylan Smith (Auburn) hit consecutive
long-balls in the fourth inning giving Amsterdam a 2-0 lead.


 John Sansone and Dylan Smith go back-to-back

Then it was Ed Charlton with a two-run shot to left in the fifth
inning that was immediately followed by John Nogowski to make it 5-0.

 John Nogowski after his Home Run.

Dylan Smith launched his second homer into the trees in left in the
seventh inning. That three-run shot gave Amsterdam an 8-3 lead. Smith
finished the game with four runs batted in on his two homers.

John Sansone was 3-for-6 with two runs and two RBI along with his home run.

The Mohawks are now averaging 6.2 runs per game this season,
second-best in the PGCBL only to Adirondack (6.4). In their five game
win streak, they have outscored their opponents 40-10 for an average
margin of 8-2.

The Mohawks also take over the league lead in home-runs now with 18 on
the season as they pass the Adirondack Trail Blazers with a total of
15. Amsterdam's 18 home-runs have now come from 10 different players.
Half of Amsterdam's 18 home-runs have come in just the past four

Cooperstown was led by Ryan Donovan (Hofstra) who went 2-for-2 with a
pair of RBI. Ben Hall (Central Alabama) was 2-for-4 win a run scored.

Cody Smith (Black Hawk) lasted four innings for Cooperstown allowing
five hits and four runs, three earned.

Amsterdam leads the season-series over their East Division rivals two
games to one with three games remaining. The Mohawks do not return to
Doubleday Field until the last game of the regular season on July 31.

The Mohawks return to Shuttleworth Park for home games this Thursday
and Friday at 7:05 each night taking on the Elmira Pioneers and Glens
Falls Golden Eagles. Right-hander Matt Ternowchek (Notre Dame) pitches
in the Thursday game. He is 0-0 with a 3.46 ERA in three previous
starts. Lefty Logan Fullmer (Maine) goes in the Friday encounter.

Cooperstown hosts the Watertown Rams Thursday evening at 5:00.

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AM 000 230 312 - 11 16 2
CH 000 003 000 - 3 9 2

W - Matt Snyder (2-0)
L - Cody Smith (0-2)
S - None

AM - Ed Charlton (4), Dylan Smith (2, 3)
John Nogowski (2), John Sansone (1)

Amsterdam Mohawks: 10-9
Cooperstown Hawkeyes: 9-6

Time - 3:02

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