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Dylan Smith League Record 8 RBIs in Mohawks 11th Straight Win

By Bob Rotruck

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Dylan Smith (Auburn) established a new record in the Perfect Game
Collegiate Baseball League with eight runs batted in during a single
game as Amsterdam defeated the Adirondack Trail Blazers 13-3 on
Tuesday night
at Shuttleworth Park. The victory in the home finale for

the Mohawks was their 11th in a row as they improved to 31-16 on the
season. The Adirondack Trail Blazers fell to 17-29. The new entry into
the PGCBL this season hails from the small village of Boonville, N.Y.

Smith had two doubles and a home run for his big night. His two-run
double in the first inning got Amsterdam on the board with a 2-1 lead.
He then socked a three-run double in the fourth inning and then capped
the record-breaking performance with a three-run homer over the Chain
Monster in left-field in the eighth inning.

The old league record of seven RBIs in a game also happened at
Shuttleworth Park a couple of seasons ago when Erick Gaylord of the
Watertown Wizards hit four home runs in a single game on July 16,

Smith's home run was his sixth of the season. His eight RBIs on the
night gives him a total of 34 for the year putting him in the
team-lead ahead of Josh Gardiner (Radford) with 33 and Ed Chalton
(NJIT) with 32 while also giving him a shot at the league RBI crown
with the regular season finale Wednesday evening at Cooperstown.

A quartet of Amsterdam relief pitchers combined to retire the last 13
consecutive Adirondack hitters to preserve the win. Zach Quayle (Ave
Maria) threw perfect baseball in the eighth and ninth innings to
receive credit for the win and improve to 2-0 while lowering his ERA
which was already sub-one entering the game.

Five pitchers teamed up for a four-hitter for the victory for the
nationally ranked Mohawks who entered this week's action rated #22 in
the country.

Trey Wingenter (Auburn) started the game and lasted four innings on
his pitch-count while Coach Griffin had the luxury of aligning his
pitching rotation for the upcoming playoffs scheduled to begin Friday
at Shuttleworth Park for Amsterdam. Wingenter struck out five
increasing his season total to 55 which is good for second most in the
league behind only Eann Cox of Cooperstown.

Kevin Guthrie (Brown) socked a pair of doubles and scored two
runs.Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) had a pair of RBIs for Amsterdam. And Ed
Charlton (NJIT) went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, one RBI and one
stolen base.

Matt Engler (MVCC) was pinned with the loss for Adirondack dropping to
3-4 on the season.

Chris Divarco (Northern Illinois) cranked a towering drive to left in
the second inning for his third homer of the year. Dominic Fazio (High
Point) hit an RBI double for the Trail Blazers who fell to 17-29.

The Mohawks raced out to an 8-2 lead in the first four innings with
two runs in the opening frame, three more in the next inning and then
another three-spot in the fourth inning. Dylan Smith was already
responsible for five of the eight runs at that point.

Amsterdam's 11 straight victories is technically only a 10-game win
streak because one of the wins was the completion of a suspended game
and officially reverts back to June 6 on the calendar. Amsterdam also
had a 10-game win streak last season. The league record is 11 in a row
by Mohawk Valley last season and Amsterdam will have an opportunity to
equal that mark if they win their regular season finale on Wednesday.

The Mohawks 15-1 since July 12. And following a 5-9 start to the 2013
season, the Mohawks have gone 26-7 since June 21.

It was the fifth time in the past couple weeks for Amsterdam to crack
the double-digit barrier in runs over the course of their win streak
as they again raised their team batting average for the whole season
to .300. The streak has also featured wins by scores of 14-3 at
Adirondack, 13-9 vs. Albany, 10-1 at Elmira, 17-2 at Glens Falls, and
now 13-3 over Adirondack

The Amsterdam Mohawks will depart earlier than usual for their game at
Cooperstown tomorrow at 5:00. The team will take a tour of the
Baseball Hall of Fame and then will forego batting practice in their
last game of the year so they enjoy the sights.

Dylan Dwyer (Kentucky) will start the season finale for the Mohawks
but will be quickly followed by various relievers according to Head
Coach Keith Griffin. The Trail Blazers conclude their regular season
Wednesday night at the Elmira Pioneers.

Amsterdam is off Thursday while two other teams in the East Division
will have a single playoff game for the right to advance to the
division finals. Mohawk Valley will host either Glens Falls or Albany
on Thursday night in Little Falls.

Amsterdam will host Game 1 of their Best of 3 series on Friday night
against the survivor of the opening game. However, if rain forces a
postponement in the Thursday night game, then Amsterdam's playoff
opener would have to be pushed to Saturday.

Coach Griffin has announced that a pair of lefties will be his
starters to begin the playoffs. Matt Snyder (Temple) and Rich Vrana
(Marist) have been tabbed to start Games 1 and 2 respectively.

Follow the action of Amsterdam Mohawks baseball all season on the
official home of the Mohawks, 1490 WCSS and also on the internet at
WCSS1490.com and ustream.tv Channel MohawksRadio.

ADK 011 010 000 - 3 4 2 (6)
AMS 230 310 04x - 13 14 1(8)

W - Zach Quayle (2-0)
L - Matt Engler (3-4)
S - None

ADK - Chris Divarco (3)
AM - Dylan Smith (6)

ADK - Dominic Fazio
AM - Dylan Smith (2), Kevin Guthrie (2)

Time - 2:36
ATT - 900

Records -
Adirondack Trail Blazers (17-29)
Amsterdam Mohawks (31-16)

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