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Kain Provides Power As Mohawks Defeat Glens Falls On A Controversial Call

By Jon Sargalis

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Glens Falls-Tom Kain (Lynn) provided the offense as the Amsterdam Mohawks won on a controversial call.

After being down early the Mohawks battled back from a 3-0 defecate to defeat the Glens Falls Golden Eagles 5-4 Saturday afternoon at East Field.

Tom Kain was the catalyst for the Mohawks offence as he went 3-for-4 with a home run, and a controversial triple/inside the park home run.

With the win, the Mohawks improved to 23-8 on the season and opened up a 4.5 game lead on second place Mohawk Valley. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles fell to 12-18 and now sit 10.5 games back of Amsterdam.

The Golden Eagles opened the scoring in the second inning as they plated 3 runs off Amsterdam starter EJ Ashworth (Fairfield). After a Ryan Dodge(Nova Southeastern) single and a Brian Fay (Siena) walk; John Lynn (Wagner) doubled down the left field line to score Dodge. Colton Montgomery (Georgia College) was next up and delivered a 2-run single up the middle to score Fay and Lynn.

Amsterdam responded in the top of the third with 2 runs off Glens Falls starter Jack Fowler (Felician). Jack Czeszewski (Illinois St) laid down a bunt single to lead off the inning, then Marcus Carson (Kentucky) singled to centerfield. Joey Aiola (Marist) came up in a sacrifice situation and ended up beating out the throw for a bunt single. John Razzino (Franklin Pierce) stepped in with one out, and beat out an infield single to short that allowed Czeszewski to score. Joe Purritano (Dartmouth) was then drilled by a Jack Fowler pitch that forced Carson home. The Mohawks had a chance for more with the bases loaded and one out, but Fowler was able to get Alex DeBellis (Lynn) to ground into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.

The Mohawks loaded the bases again in the fourth inning as Marcus Carson was able to hit the ball deep enough to center field to allow Blake Logan (Auburn) to tag-up and tie the game at 3 on the sac-fly.

The game remained tied until the sixth inning when Tom Kain leadoff the inning with a deep home run over the left field fence; which put the Mohawks up 4-3, for their first lead of the game.

The Golden Eagles responded in the sixth with some trickery. J.Q. Folena (Cabrillo) led off the bottom of the sixth with a double down the left field line off Kevin Guthrie (Brown). He then advanced to third on a Kaleb Holbrook (South Georgia) ground out. After Ryan Dodge walked the Golden Eagles had runners at first and third with 1 out. Dodge then took a hefty lead at first, drawing a throw. The ensuing rundown allowed Folena to score and tie the game at 4.

With the game tied at 4 in the top of the eighth, Tom Kain stepped in and drilled a pitch to deep center. Centerfielder Danny Oliveri (Triton) made a spectacular leaping catch against the wall, but as he was coming down with the ball, he lost control of it, bobbled it and cradled it back into his arms. The Mohawks dugout started screaming that the ball deflected off the wall and Kain continued to round the bases and full steam. Oliveri, convinced that he had made the catch went from showing the ball to the umpires, to firing it to third base as Kain had already rounded second. Oliveri then threw his arms up questioning where the out call was, meanwhile his throw got away from third basemen John Lynn and Kain scored on the error. After the umpires got together, it was decided that the ball did hit the wall, and Kain was credited with a triple and scored on a throwing error by Oliveri.

Joe Randall (Fairfield) and Thomas Hackimer (St. John’s) both pitched scoreless innings to secure a 5-4 Mohawks victory.

Daniel Castro (UAlbany) only got one out, but was credited with his first win of the season. Jack Fowler took the loss and fell to 1-3 on the season, while Thomas Hackimer picked up his third save.

The Mohawks are back in action on Sunday in Amsterdam as they face the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in a 6:35 PM Beach Night matchup.

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