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Mohawks Blow 6-0 Lead; Fall at Albany 9-7

By Jon Sargalis

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 Zach Logue (Kentucky) was the starting pitcher for the Mohawks (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

The Amsterdam Mohawks (4-2) took an early 6-0 lead against the Albany Dutchmen (4-2) and let a late inning Dutchmen rally beat them 9-7 on Sunday at Bellizzi Field.

The Mohawks were looking for revenge after a 10-1 loss to the Dutchmen on Friday and it looked like they would get it on Sunday. In the second inning, the Mohawks sent 11 men to the plate and scored 6 runs. Drew Freedman (Wake Forest) and Riley Mahan (Kentucky) each hit 2-run singles in the inning and Zach Logue (Kentucky) was dominating on the mound.

Logue retired Dutchmen batters on 8 pitches in each of the first 3 innings and had his perfect game broken up by a Jack Weiller (Virginia) single with one out in the fourth. It wasn’t until the sixth that the Kentucky freshman ran into trouble.

In the sixth, Logue allowed leadoff back-to-back singles to Chase Crawford (Bridgeport) and Sean Aspinall (Azusa Pacific) and after a walk loaded the bases, the Mohawks turned the ball over to Christian Maldonado (FMCC). Eric Mueller (UAlbany) was the first batter Maldonado faced and he laced a 2-run single to right field making it 6-2. Michael Fitzsimmons (Mississippi) then followed up with an RBI single to left and cut the Mohawks lead to 6-3.

In the seventh the Mohawks’ Justin Yurchak (Wake Forest) scored on a Hunter Tackett (Auburn) sacrifice fly to center to make in 7-3, but the Mohawks surrendered 6 runs in the bottom of the inning to allow the Dutchmen to take a 9-7 lead.

Jake Mielock (Tampa) was the pitcher that came on in the seventh for the Mohawks and took the loss dropping his record to 0-1. Mielock retired the first two batters in the inning, but was not able to secure the final out as Joe Nellis (Herkimer) had to get the job done. Mielock allowed all 6 runs that inning, though only 2 were earned on 3 hits and 3 walks.

Brandon Nylin (Herkimer) started for the Dutchmen and was done after 4 innings, having allowed 6 runs on 8 hits with 3 walks. Andrew Giddens (Ava Maria) allowed 1 run over the next 2 innings, but Zak Spivy (Polk State) earned the win (1-0) by giving up 1 hit and 2 walks over the final 3 frames.

Every team in the PGCBL is off on Monday. The Mohawks will be at home on Tuesday night to face the Saugerties Stallions. It will be Military Tuesday, Bike Night sponsored by Outdoor Motorsports, High School MVP Night sponsored by CSEA, Hagaman Night, Advancing Tobacco-Free Communities Night and we’ll be playing Baseball Bingo. Our Baseball Buddies will be the Amsterdam Rookies with game time at 6:35 PM.


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