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Guerrero’s Gem Guides Mohawks to Ninth Straight Win

By Cody Marshall

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Fernando Guerrero (Marshall) tossed six scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while striking out eight as the Mohawks defeated the Albany Dutchmen 9-0 in a one-hitter Saturday night at Shuttleworth Park.

Offensively, Brendan Tracy (Fairfield) slugged his second home run of the season and went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI. Craig Dedelow (Indiana) went 2-for-5 with a single, double, two runs scored and three RBIs.

The Mohawks opened the scoring in the first inning when Riley Mahan (Kentucky) singled, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Hunter Tackett (Auburn) recorded an RBI groundout. The 1-0 lead would hold up as Guerrero kept Albany off balance at the plate, including striking out six in a row from the second to the third inning. In the bottom of the 5th, Tracy unloaded on a pitch and drove it out to right center to make it 2-0 Amsterdam. With two outs, Drew Freedman (Wake Forest) singled and scored one batter later on Dedelow’s double. Mahan would follow with an RBI single to make it 4-0 Mohawks.

The offense continued into the sixth inning where the Mohawks loaded the bases with one out before Dedelow singled home two runs. Mahan followed with an RBI single and Justin Yurchak drove home Dedelow with an RBI single. The Mohawks added one more run in the bottom of the 7th when Tracy scored on Handsome Monica’s (Arizona) RBI single.

Guerrero’s performance earned him the win and he improved to 2-1 on the season. The loss was charged to Albany’s Jon Reid (Azusa Pacific), who dropped to 1-2 after going five innings and allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits, walking 3 and striking out four. Albany’s lone hit came from Hunter Boose (Georgia Regents) who singled in the 4th.

Guerrero went the first 6 innings and was followed by Joe Randall (Fairfield), Anthony Romanelli (Wake Forest) and Kyle Smith (NC State) who each threw a hitless inning in relief for the Mohawks to perserve the one-hitter.

With the win, the Mohawks have now won nine straight games and will travel to Newark tomorrow to face the Pilots at 7:05 p.m. Albany will look to bounce back on the road against the Elmira Pioneers at 5:05 p.m.

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