Continue Charge Up
Standings With Latest Win
N.Y.—The Amsterdam Mohawks continue to bring up the rear in the
Eastern Division of the Perfect Game Collegiate League, but are
beginning to make noises that they are ready to assume their
customary role as the dominant team in the 10-team league.
a 20-hit explosion Tuesday that highlighted a 17-0 win over
Watertown, and a five home run outburst Wednesday that keyed an easy
11-3 victory over the Cooperstown Hawkeyes, the defending league
champion Mohawks have now won five games in a row, and at 10-9, moved
over the .500 mark for the first time this season.
posting an overall 39-13 record a year ago, Amsterdam began the 2013
season at 2-7, and was struggling in all phases of the game.
didn’t play well at all at the start, especially defensively, in
part because we didn’t have all our players here,” said Keith
Griffin, the team’s long-time head coach. “But everyone is here
now, and we’ve gotten progressively better every game. Our
pitching, in particular, has come on, and better defined itself.”
it not been for an uncharacteristic sixth-inning error Wednesday that
opened the door for Cooperstown to score all three of its runs (all
unearned), the Mohawks would have spun their third straight shutout.
Lefthander Matt Snyder (Temple) and two relievers otherwise stymied
the Hawkeyes, but the real story of Amsterdam’s latest victory was
a relentless offensive attack.
Dylan Smith, a rising sophomore at Auburn, went deep twice for the
Mohawks, including a three-run shot in the seventh, while shortstop
John Sansone (Florida State), center fielder Ed Charlton (New Jersey
Tech) and first baseman John Nogowski (Florida State) contributed
solo shots to put the game out of reach early. All took full
advantage of the short left-field porch at Cooperstown’s historic
Doubleday Field, which measures just 296 down the line and 336 feet
in the left-center field alley.
by finally climbing over the .500 mark, Amsterdam still finds itself
in last place in the PGCBL’s Eastern Division—though closed to
within 2-1/2 games of division leader Albany with their latest win.
Oddly, the surging Mohawks have a better record than every team in
the West, where every team is under .500 and Newark leads that
division with just an 8-9 record.
a 6-foot-4 southpaw who began his college career at Virginia Tech,
transferred to Fulton-Montgomery (Md.) JC as a sophomore and moves on
to Temple in the fall as a junior, kept Cooperstown off balance
mostly with a deceptive delivery and a fastball at 90-91 mph, while
pushing his record on the season to 2-0 and lowering his ERA to 1.35.
a fastball that was clocked at 93-94 mph in his latest start,
6-foot-7 righthander Trey Wingenter (Auburn) is considered the best
prospect on the Mohawks staff. He began the team’s streak of three
consecutive games without allowing an earned run by pitching the
first six innings of a 3-0 win over Newark Sunday, walking one and
striking out six. It was his first win of the summer and improved his
record in four starts to 1-1, 1.86 with 23 strikeouts in 19 innings.