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Mohawks rally in the rain to defeat the Dutchmen

By Brendan Reilly

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The Amsterdam Mohawks defeated the Albany Dutchmen by a score of 3-2 in a rain-shortened game that lasted 6.2+ innings. John Razzino (Franklin & Pierce) had two RBI and a game-saving defensive play. Razzino gunned down Demetrius Webb (Indiana) at home plate as Webb tried to tag-up on a deep fly ball to left field.

The Mohawks bats were relatively quiet. They only mustered up four hits, but they all came at important moments. John Razzino went 1-4 on the night, but had two huge RBI for the Mohawks. Taylor Blatch (Florida State) struck out seven over five innings but only received a no-decision.

Nick Jewett (Trinity) pinch-hit for Dave Vaccaro (Radford) in the top of the seventh inning, and drove in a run that tied the game for the Dutchmen. Justin Curry (Heartland C.C.) pitched six innings and allowed two runs, neither of which were earned.

The Mohawks scored the first run of the game when Jonathan Pryor (Wake Forest) grounded out to third base with the bases loaded, which scored Jake Salpietro (Fairfield).

Albany’s Adam Lee (Lipscomb) was hit by a pitch to start the top of the fourth inning, and later came around to score the game-tying run on an RBI single by Cameron Miller (Baylor).

The Albany Dutchmen were threating in the top of the fifth inning with Dave Vaccaro on second, Demetrius Webb on third, and Danny Hrbek (Radford) at the plate. Hrbek hit a deep flyball to left field. John Razzino leapt straight in the air, caught the ball, and then nailed a tagging Demetrius Webb at home plate. The Shuttleworth faithful gave Razzino a standing ovation.

Brendan Tracy (Fairfield) drew a lead-off walk to begin the bottom of the fifth inning. He came around to score the go-ahead run for the Mohawks when John Razzino reached first base on a throwing error by his college teammate, shortstop Justin Brock (Franklin & Pierce).

Ryan Toomey (Georgetown) doubled in the top of the seventh, and then scored to tie the game on a pinch-hit RBI single by Nick Jewett.

The bottom of the seventh inning was quite dramatic. Tommy Kain (Lynn) led off the inning with a double to right-centerfield. Brendan Tracy followed with a swinging strikeout but advanced to first after Demetrius Webb dropped the ball. Amid the confusion, Kain took off for home while Webb troubled himself trying to find the loose ball. Webb found it in time to tag Kain just before he touched home plate. Brendan Tracy stole second, and Jonathan Pryor was hit by a pitch. Marcus Carson (Kentucky) pinch-ran for Brendan Tracy after a short delay to manicure the pitching mound that had been getting soaked by the oncoming thunderstorm. John Razzino then singled home Carson to take a 3-2 lead. Josh Gardiner battled Austin Foote (Indiana) to a 3-2 two-out count until the game was delayed because of thunderstorms. They called a delay with an intention of finishing the game, but the game was ultimately called off.

Joe Randall (Fairfield) earned the win for the Mohawks by pitching the seventh inning before the Mohawks took the lead for good. Austin Foote pitched .2 innings and took the loss.

The Dutchmen will host the Newark Pilots on July 9th, and Amsterdam will travel to Utica to take on the Brewers.

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