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Mohawks Sweep at Glens Falls Makes it 9 Straight

By Bob Rotruck

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The Amsterdam Mohawks emerged from their back-to-back doubleheaders
this weekend unscathed as they extended their streak of wins to nine
straight. The defending league champions won back-to-back contests at
Glens Falls by scores of 6-4 and 17-2.

The victories combined with a Mohawk Valley loss at Albany gives
Amsterdam a three-game lead in the East Division with only three games
remaining on the regular season schedule. Amsterdam can clinch the
East Division crown on Monday night with a win at home against
second-place Mohawk Valley.

The victories clinch a post-season berth for the Mohawks as they also
go on the verge of a division crown as well as the best record in the
Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League which would earn them
home-field advantage for the duration of their post-season run.

In the meantime, Glens Falls took their sixth consecutive loss as they
tumbled down to fourth-place in the division and one-and-a-half games
back of third-place Albany for the final playoff spot in the East.

The 17 runs in the night-cap equals a season-high for Amsterdam and is
the third time this season they have reached that lofty total in a
single game. The Mohawks won games in June over Adirondack 17-7 and
against Watertown 17-0.

That huge output came thanks to a big 12-run outburst in the sixth
inning as Amsterdam took a late 5-1 lead and blew the game away
marching 16 batters to the plate in the single frame and stretching
the lead to 17-1 at the time. The big rally fell one run short of the
Amsterdam single-inning record in the PGCBL era as well as the league
record. Last year on the road at Newark, the Mohawks scored 13 runs in
an inning on their way to a 16-12 victory.

In the sweep at Glens Falls, the first game featured a 4-4 tie into
the sixth inning of the seven-inning contest in a see-saw battle when
Jordan Ebert (Auburn) knocked an RBI double to break the tie.

Dylan Smith (Auburn) hit a solo home run in the second inning to begin
the scoring for Amsterdam. Chris Kalca (St. John's) earned the victory
in relief after Dylan Dwyer (Kentucky) battled his way through 4.2
innings allowing four earned runs.

Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) finished off the Golden Eagles in the final
frame for his fourth save.

Game 2 of the doubleheader was also Amsterdam's fourth game in just
two days following a twinbill sweep of Utica on Friday by scores of
8-3 and 5-1. Matt Snyder (Temple) improved to 5-0 earning the W for
his third consecutive start as he went five strong innings allowing
three hits and just one earned run.

Ed Charlton (NJIT) socked a three-run homer in the sixth as part of
the huge 12-run inning and he finished the game 4-for-5 with four
RBIs. Charlton's home run also pushes him past Glens Falls' Josh
Anderson (FIU) for the most career long-balls in league history.
Charlton now has 13 career home runs after two dingers in the past
three days. Anderson has 12 career home runs including three this year
and nine hone runs in 2011.

Jordan Ebert (Auburn) also went 4-for-5 in the game. John Nogowski
(Florida State) drove in three. John Sansone (Florida State) was
3-for-5 with 2 RBIs.

Amsterdam and Glens Falls finished even in the season series 4-4.
Technically, it was Amsterdam's fourth doubleheader of the season if
the non-traditional types with suspended game completions are not
included. The Mohawks are 7-1 in official twinbill games this year.

The Mohawks entered the weekend ready to embark on 31 long innings in
approximately 31 hours beginning Friday afternoon at 4:00 and ending
Saturday night at 11:00. Amsterdam emerged with four straight wins in
that brutal stretch outscoring the opponents by a combined 36-7 in the
incredible run.

Now having won nine straight games in the past week and having gone
12-1 in their last 13, Amsterdam has moved from fourth place and
outside playoff positioning to the top spot in the division. Amsterdam
began the season 5-9 and since then have gone 25-7 since June 21.

That leads to a well-deserved day off Sunday for the overworked
Mohawks. They get back at it Monday night at Shuttleworth Park against
Mohawk Valley and then play their last regular season home game on
Tuesday night on Fan Appreciation Night.

The Mohawks close the regular season on the road Wednesday at 5:00 at

If Amsterdam clinches the division with a victory Monday night over
the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs then mark your calendars for next
Friday, August 2. That would be Game 1 of the Best of 3 playoff series
for Amsterdam.

As things stand currently, it would be Albany traveling to Mohawk
Valley on Thursday for the 2 vs. 3 single-elimination game while
Amsterdam receives an opening round bye and awaits the winner.

Game 1 of the playoffs would be scheduled for Friday night at
Shuttleworth Park. Then Game 2 would be on the road against the
Mohawks' opponent (possibly Mohawk Valley or Albany). Game 3, if
necessary, would be on Sunday, August 4 back at Shuttleworth Park.

The PGCBL Championship Series is scheduled to take place between
Tuesday, August 6 through Thursday, August 8. Amsterdam currently has
the best record so they would host Games 1 and 3 in the finals as

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Game 1
AM - 030 012 0 - 6 12 1 (7)
GF - 001 000 0 - 4 7 1 (5)

W - Chris Kalica (3-0)
L - Kevin Cowan (2-2)
S - Mike Urbanski (4)

AM - Dylan Smith (5)

GF - Bryan Ramirez

AM - Jordan Ebert
GF - Manny Forcier

Time - 2:17

Game 2
AM 200 30(12) 0 - 17 21 0 (7)
GF 000 100    1 - 2 4 4 (6)

W - Matt Snyder (5-0)
L - Andrew Cheray (2-2)

AM - Ed Charlton (5)

AM - Charlton, Sansone, Nogowski, Zimmer,
GF - Thomas

Time - 2:40
ATT - 641

Amsterdam Mohawks (29-16)
Glens Falls Golden Eagles (23-20)

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