The Amsterdam Mohawks’ collective batting average stood at .229 headed into Saturday’s double header in Little Falls. After Mohawks hitters unleashed their most recent thrashing, scoring nine runs on 16 hits on Thursday night, that mark has spiked 36 points and sits at .265 heading into the weekend.
Thanks in large part to seven runs in the first two innings, the Mohawks recorded their sixth victory in seven games with a 9-6 win over the Watertown Wizards on Thursday night at Shuttleworth Park. Jimmy Dykstra (LSU) was terrific through his first six innings and was aided by a recently discovered explosive Mohawk offense. The righty out of LSU went 6.1 innings, allowing six runs (five earned) for his first win of the summer.
Ricky Christopher (Niagara County CC) was tagged with his firstloss of the season, the righty lasted just 3.1 innings and surrendered nine runs (six earned) on 14 hits.
Amsterdam erupted for four runs in the first after the top three hitters in the home lineup loaded the bases with a trio of singles. Moments after second baseman Pat Talbut (St. John’s) snared cleanup hitter Luke Maile’s (Kentucky) line drive to save a couple of runs, Talbut gave two back when he misplayed Parker Morin’s (Utah) hard-hit ground ball, allowing the first two runs to score.
Josh Nethaway (Albany) followed with an RBI groundout and Matt Mack (Radford) stung a run-scoring single to extend the lead to 4-0.
Jude Vidrine (Lamar) continued his torrid summer in Amsterdam when the lefty blasted a towering three-run shot over the tall fence in right to put the Mohawks on top 7-1 in the second. Jude finished just a triple shy of the cycle. With three hits in five at-bats on Thursday, the Texan raised his team high batting average to .378 – fourth best in the league.
Watertown scratched across their second run in the third thanks to a Chris Gruarin (Canisius) double and Jake McGuiggan’s run-scoring single to make it 7-2.
The Mohawks tacked on another in the third and one more in the fourth to widen their lead to 9-2.
However, things got interesting in the seventh. Dykstra allowed a one-out single to A.J. Capone (Saint Rose), followed by a Talbut double put runners on second and third. Gruarin, who was 2-4 with four RBI last night when the teams played in Watertown, followed with a two-run double to cut the lead to four.
Dykstra would allow two more runs in the inning before giving way to Mike Dodakian (Dartmouth). Leading 9-6 with two runners on and two out, Kody O’connor cracked a long drive over the left field fence, it was nearly a homerun but home plate umpire Derrick Gonzalez deemed it foul. O’connor was left at the dish, and Mohawk catcher Luke Maile picked McGuiggan off of second base to end the threat.
887 spectators watched Derrick Brewer (Radford) strike out the side in the eighth and Abram Williams (Radford) retired the side in order in the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances. With the win, Amsterdam (14-11) takes two of three from the Wizards (9-12) this week and moves three games over .500 for the first time this summer.
The Mohawks are home again on Friday night when they host Elmira for the first time this season