Amsterdam Center fielder Ed Charlton (NJIT) sprinted straight back to race down a deep drive and make a spectacular jumping, full-extension catch in the eighth inning to preserve a 4-2 victory over the Cooperstown Hawkeyes on Tuesday night at Shuttleworth Park. Ryan Donovan's (Hofstra) blast would have brought home two Cooperstown runners to tie the score if not for Charlton's acrobatics.
Jordan Ebert (Auburn) lifted a three-run homer in the Mohawks' victory. Schenectedy native Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) fanned the side in order in the ninth inning and struck out four batters total en route to his second save. And Rich Vrana (Marist) pulled long-relief duty from the second through sixth innings firing three-hit shutout ball in his 4.1 frames to improve to 2-0.
Nate Lotze (Kenyon) was 3-for-4 with an RBI double for Cooperstown. Ben Hall (Central Alabama CC) had a double, run scored, and a walk.
Cody Smith (Black Hawk) pitched 3.2 innings of strong middle-relief allowing just one earned run on three hits.
Amsterdam (15-13) jumps past Mohawk Valley who lost their game to Glens Falls. The Mohawks now lay claim to the third-place position in the East Division standings which carries the last playoff spot at the regular season conclusion in three weeks. The Cooperstown Hawkeyes (11-12) slipped below the .500 mark with the loss and fell to 1-3 this season against Amsterdam.
It was a battle of walking in the first couple of innings and both starters had a tough time finding the strike-zone. Amsterdam's Jeremy Soule (Fairfield) walked five batters in just over an inning including four straight in the second inning that resulted in a bases-loaded forced in run as the Hawkeyes led 1-0.
Cooperstown starter Dean White (Post) served up seven walks in his 3.1 innings including a couple of Mohawks in the third inning setting the table for Jordan Ebert's opposite-field drive to right to give Amsterdam a 3-1 lead.
The bullpens would keep the score at 3-1 until the seventh inning when John Sansone (Florida State) would walk, John Nogowski (Florida State) doubled to left, and a couple batters later Josh Gardiner (Radford) would sock his team-leading eighth double of the season driving home Sansone to extend the advantage to 4-1.
Cooperstown cut the score to 4-2 off Chris Kalica (SCCC) in the eighth with three straight hits. Jon Hall (Central Alabama C.C.) doubled and then scored a couple batters later on a Nate Lotze (Kenyon) double. Urbanski inherited a second-and-third situation with one out and got out of it with a strikeout and then the defensive play of the season turned in by Charlton.