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Mohawks Walk-Off In 10 After Franzoni's 9th Inning Heroics

By Jonathan Kaiser
It was another extra innings contest for the Mohawks at Rao Family Stadium with the Mohawks coming out on top 6-5 over the Saugerties Stallions in ten innings.
Scoring once again started quickly for the Mohawks as J.D Mundy (Radford) singled in the top of the first scoring Rook Ellington (Kentucky). Maxwell Costes (Maryland) would follow that at-bat up with a single of his own, plating Kevin Jimenez (New Mexico State) and making the game 2-0.
There was little scoring throughout much of the game until the bottom of the eighth. Dylan Smith (Alabama) came on for his second inning of work for Amsterdam with them leading 3-1. Max Cotier (HS Sr, Virginia) would start the inning off for Saugerties with a double, eventually scoring on a Jake Skrine (Indiana) single and making the game 3-2. Dylan Smith would come out of the game after giving up another single to Max Kelder (St. Bonaventure) and Danny Watson (VCU) would relieve him with runners on first and second. Dylan Lifrieri (Arkansas) would single off of Watson, scoring Jake Skrine and tying the game up at three.
Saugerties would tack on a couple of more in the top of the ninth. Max Cotier and Fritz Genther (Virginia Tech) would start the inning off with back-to-back singles, followed by an error on Rook Ellington in center putting both runners in scoring position. Jake Skrine would single again driving in both Cotier and Genther and making the game 5-3 Saugerties.
Just as the Mohawks have done all season, they found a way to score. D.J Poteet (Wake Forest) would lead the bottom of the ninth off with a walk against Saugerties’ closer Henry Funaro (UMass Lowell). Funaro, who had not given up a run in his 6.1 innings pitched up to that point would surrender a 2-run homerun to Paul Franzoni (NJIT), his second in three games, tying the game up at five.
The Mohawks would score another run to walk off the bottom of the tenth. Zach Strickland (Georgia Southern) came on in relief for Saugerties. He would surrender three walks to start the inning. Then, D.J Poteet would come up to plate and on a 3-1 count, ground the ball to shortstop. Cotier would double clutch the throw to home which was unable to be handled by the catcher Riley Swenson (Minnesota) allowing Michael Turconi (Wake Forest) to score, giving the Mohawks a 6-5 win.
For the Mohawks, Bryce Brock (Mississippi State) made his debut going four innings and allowing just one hit, one walk, one run (unearned) and striking out six. Danny Watson would end up picking up the win for the Mohawks, his second of the season and Henry Funaro would pick up the loss for Saugerties, his first.
The Mohawks move to 12-2 on the season as they prepare for the Mohawk Valley
DiamondDawgs at Veterans Memorial Field on Friday.

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