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Mohawks Home Cooking Burns Dragons In Opener

By Jon Sargalis

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The Mohawks have no shortage of local talent on this year’s team. They used that to their advantage in a 7-2 opening night victory over the Glens Falls Dragons Tuesday night at East Field.

Andrew Rouse (Marist) played baseball for the Amsterdam High School and grew up watching the Mohawks play. On Tuesday he led the team with 3 hits, scored a run and smashed an RBI double in the eighth inning. Not to be outdone, Justin Yurchak (Wake Forest) of Clifton Park drove in 2 runs. Tom Moore (SCCC) of Burnt Hills drove in a run and scored another while Joe Nellis (Herkimer) of Johnstown struck out the side in the ninth.

Zach Logue (Kentucky) got the start on the mound and was brilliant in earning his first win of the season. He went 5 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits with 2 walks and struck out 6 batters. The Dragons threated in the bottom of the third as they loaded the bases with one out but a 6-4-3 double play ended the inning and held Glens Falls scoreless. The only run that Logue allowed came in the fourth when Richard Gugliemi (Saginaw Valley) hit a leadoff home run.

The Mohawks went to the bullpen in the sixth and Fernando Guerrero (Marshall) was dominate as he pitched two scoreless in relief. Anthony Romanelli (Wake Forest) pitched the eighth inning and allowed a triple to Oscar Rodriguez (St. Thomas) who later scored on a Danny Oliveri sacrifice fly. Joe Nellis pitched the ninth and struck out 3 batters.

The Mohawks got on the board first in the third inning when Drew Freedman (Wake Forest) was able to score on a Hunter Tackett (Auburn) fly ball that was dropped by the centerfielder.

In the fourth, Freedman hit an RBI single to score Tom Moore and later scored on a base hit by his Wake Forest teammate Justin Yurchak to put the Mohawks up 3-1 which was as far as Glens Falls starter Mike McFerran would go.

Tyler Kirkpatrick (Marist) reached on an error in the fifth inning, stole second base and then scored on a Tom Moore single giving the Mohawks a 4-1 lead.

The Mohawks would score 2 more runs in the eight as Andrew Rouse and Riley Mahan (Kentucky) came around to score. In the ninth Rouse hit an RBI double that scored Tyler Kirkpatrick and put the Mohawks up 7-2 for the would be final score.

Amsterdam hosts the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs in the Home Opener presented by St. Mary’s Healthcare on Wednesday. It will be Italian Night and Fonda Night as the Fonda Little League will be our Baseball Buddies. Game time is 6:35 PM.

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