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Mohawks walk it off in comeback win over Outlaws

By Zach Kerr

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Ben Rhodes (Herkimer/Amsterdam, NY) hit a game tying double in the bottom of the 7th, then followed it up with a game winning walk-off RBI single in the 9th to give the Amsterdam Mohawks a 7-6 come-from-behind win over the Oneonta Outlaws on Firday night at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam.  Ben would finish the game 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Elvis Peralta Jr. (Marshall) went 2-for-4 with a home run and a double for the Mohawks, while Mike Antico (St. Johns) went 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and 3 walks, reaching base in all of his at-bats.  Derek Orndorff (Penn St.) went 2-for-4 with a home run, 2 runs and 2 RBIs to lead Oneonta.

The Outlaws got the scoring started in the top of the 1st on a 2-run home run from Young, then took a 4-0 lead on another 2-run home run in the 3rd, this time from Steve Minter (Georgia).

The Mohawks got 2 runs back in the bottom of the 3rd on an Elvis Peralta Jr. solo home run and a sacrifice fly from Matt Padre (Manhattan), but Oneonta would retake a 4-run lead in the top of the 4th on a 2-run home run from Derek Orndorff, making it 6-2 in favor of the Outlaws.

However, Amsterdam would rally back in the bottom half of the 4th, plating 3 runs on 3 walks, a hit-by-pitch, and finally a 2-run double from Joe Genord (South Florida) to make the score 6-5, Outlaws.

The score would stay that way until the bottom of the 7th, when Matt Padre would double, then Ben Rhodes (Herkimer/Amsterdam, NY) would follow it up with an RBI double of his own to tie it at 6-6.

Mohawks starter Peyton Plumlee (Miss St.) went 5.0 innings, giving up 6 runs on 4 hits, 5 of them being earned, his worst outing of the season thus far.  Outlaws starter Will Van Buesekom went 3.2 innings, giving up 5 runs, all earned, on just 2 hits and 6 walks.

The win goes to Ryan Falls (Marshall), who threw an inning of scoreless relief in the 9th.  The loss goes to Zack Bowers (Erskine), who gave up the game-winning run.

The Mohawks will travel to Siena Field tomorrow evening to take on the Albany Dutchmen with a 5:05 start time before returning home Sunday to take on the Saugerties Stallions.  The Oneonta Outlaws will return home tomorrow to take on Saugerties as well, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM.

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