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Nogowski Delivers in Extras...Again

By Bob Rotruck

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John Nogowski (Florida State) delivered a game-winning RBI single in
the top of the 10th inning and the Amsterdam Mohawks leap-frogged past
the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs with a 2-1 win on the road. It was the
second time this season Nogowski has delivered an extra-inning
game-winning in Little Falls. He had an RBI triple on June 22 in the
10th inning for a win at Mohawk Valley.

It was a hard-earned win in a fine pitchers' duel in which Amsterdam
had five pitchers combine on a four-hitter. Zach Quayle (Ave Maria)
fired 3.1 innings of one-hit shutout ball with four strikeouts early
in the game.

Chris Kalica (Schenectedy County C.C.) kept the Dawgs off the board in
the eighth and ninth to improve to 2-0. And Mike Urbanski (Binghamton)
left the tying man stranded 90 feet away in the 10th inning for the

Gavin Culpepper (SE Louisiana) was outstanding for Mohawk Valley in
his third start against Amsterdam. He kept the Mohawks hitters off
balance all game long lasting 7.1 innings surrendering three hits and
just one run. Then Tyler Bray took the hard-luck loss in the 10th
allowing one unearned run in 2.2 innings to close the game.

Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) delivered a two-out single, his second hit of
the night in which Amsterdam only accumulated five. Ed Charlton
reached on an error allowing Barrett to get to third. And Nogowski
delivered again with his infield-grounder that was knocked down behind
second-base but Mohawk Valley was unable to make a play anywhere as
Barrett scored the game-winning run.

Nogowski finished 2-for-4 with a walk including his clutch RBI.

Mohawk Valley almost won the game in the bottom of the ninth. With
runners at first and second and two outs, Craig Lepre (Albany) faced a
full count against Kalica. The runners received the obligatory
head-start and Lepre hit a high bounding ball to shortstop with Ronnie
Bernick (Canisius) having to leap a little towards the hole in order
to field. His throw across was barely in time to get the out on Lepre
while the runner from second, speedy Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) was
charging around third for what would have been an easy winning run had
Lepre been ruled safe. The DiamondDawgs argued the call and head coach
Roberto Vaz came charging out of the dugout to appeal to the bases
umpire but the great, game-saving play by Bernick held up allowing
Nogowski the opportunity to deliver the game-winning hit in the 10th.

Amsterdam improved to 3-1 in extra innings this year and 4-2 against
the DiamondDawgs as they extended their win streak to three straight.
Mohawk Valley lost their fourth in a row and fell a half-game behind
Amsterdam in the East Division standings for the coveted third and
final playoff spot. Two weeks remain in the regular season.

The Mohawks return to Shuttleworth Park for home games Wednesday and
Friday against the division leaders. Glens Falls comes to town
Wednesday night with lefty Dylan Dwyer (Kentucky) to start. And the
Watertown Rams visit on Friday.

Wednesday is Heroes Night II and also Price Chopper Night. All area
heroes (Police, firefighters, military, EMT's) and their families
receive free admission. Free admission for two is also available by
showing your Price Chopper Advantage Card at the ticket window.

Mohawk Valley is on the road Wednesday for a 4:00 doubleheader at the
Cooperstown Hawkeyes.


- The Mohawks have three doubleheaders remaining this season beginning
this Saturday with a twin-bill at the Albany Dutchmen at 5:00

- The PGCBL announced the league's All-Star Teams. Seven Amsterdam
Mohawks players plus head coach Keith Griffin will be representing the
East Division side next Wednesday at Colburn Park in Newark, N.Y. The
two pitchers headed out there for Amsterdam are local products. Matt
Snyder is from Colonie and Mike Urbanski hails from Schenectedy.

- The seven Amsterdam Mohawks players heading to the All-Star Game
include: Kyle Barrett, OF (Kentucky), John Sansone, IF (Florida
State), John Nogowski, IF (Florida State), Dylan Smith, IF (Auburn),
Jordan Ebert, OH (Auburn), Matt Snyder, P (Fulton-Montgomery CC), Mike
Urbanski, P, (Binghamton)

(10 innings)
AM 000 010 000 1 - 2 5 3 (7)
MV 010 000 000 0 - 1 4 2 (7)

W - Chris Kalica (2-0)
L - Tyler Bray (1-2)
S - Mike Urbanski (3)

HR -

Doubles -
MV - Landon Thiebodeaux, Matt Zanotta

Time - 2:51

Records -
Amsterdam Mohawks: 19-15
Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs: 17-14

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