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Trail Blazers Nip Mohawks, 6-5

By Cody Marshall

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For the second night in-a-row, the Amsterdam Mohawks saw a late lead vanish into thin air. The Adirondack Trail Blazers rallied with two runs in the eighth on one hit to take a 6-5 win on Sunday night at Shuttleworth Park.

Kenny Collins (Hamilton) led the charge for Adirondack with a 2-for-4 night. Collins slugged a single, triple, had an RBI, and scored two runs, including the one to put the Trail Blazers ahead.

Adirondack struck first off Amsterdam starter Tim Herrin (Indiana). Collins led off the first inning with an infield single and would be brought in three batters later by a Chuck Hooker (Alderson Broaddus) sacrifice fly.

Amsterdam answered in the bottom half. Chris LaVorgna (Franklin Pierce) singled to start the inning and moved to second on dropped pickoff attempt. After a groundout moved LaVorgna to third, Tyler Frank (Florida Atlantic) lifted a sacrifice fly to right to make it 1-1.

In the top of the fourth, Logan Giddings (Bowling Green) led off with a solo home run to right field to put the visitors back on top. The lead was extended later in the inning. C.J. Stablein (Fairleigh Dickinson) singled with one out and moved to third on two wild pitches. He would score on an RBI groundout by Mike Manoogian (LaSalle), making it 3-1 Adirondack.

Amsterdam parried again in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Chris Givin (Xavier), Tristen Carranza (New Mexico State), and Andruw Gazzola (Stony Brook) all singled, with the last one plating Givin to cut the lead to 3-2.

Amsterdam added another in the fifth to tie the game at three. LaVorgna reached on a one-out single, stole second, and advanced to third on a single by Nick Patten (Delaware). Frank delivered again as he lifted his second sacrifice fly to left to plate LaVorgna.

The Mohawks took their first lead of the game in the sixth. With one out, Carranza reached on an error by the shortstop. Another error in the field allowed Gazzola to reach and Carranza moved to second before an Andrew Rouse (Marist) single loaded the bases. Austin Botello (New Mexico State) ensued with a walk to put the Mohawks up 4-3 before LaVorgna drove in Gazzola with a groundout to short, making it 5-3.

Adirondack chipped away in the seventh. Manoogian was hit by a pitch to start the inning and stole second. Back-to-back groundouts to second allowed him to score to put the Trail Blazers back within one.

In the ninth, Adirondack cashed in with a one out triple by Collins to tie the game. A wild pitch allowed Collins to score the game winning run as the Mohawks could not answer, despite getting the tying run to second base.

On the mound, Don McWreath (Seton Hill) picked up the win to improve to 1-1. McWreath pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in relief, allowed three hits, and struck out three. The loss was charged to Amsterdam closer Tim Naughton (NC State), who dropped to 3-1 after pitching one inning, in which he allowed two runs on one hit, walked four, and struck out one. Pat Geraghty (Chestnut Hill) picked up his first save of the season.

Both teams have the day off on Monday before returning to action on Tuesday. Adirondack will host the Victor RailRiders in Boonville at 7:05 p.m. Amsterdam will travel to Utica to face the first place Blue Sox at 6:35 p.m.

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