Every step the Mohawks take these days is the right one. Brad Picha (Paris J.C.) got a start on Tuesday and launched his first homerun of the season and Andrew Green (East Tennessee State) tacked on another big hit for the Mohawks as Amsterdam came from behind to beat the Cooperstown Hawkeyes 6-3 in front of 1,051 fans at Shuttleworth Park.
Nick Polsinelli (College of St. Rose) started for the sixth time this season and it took the right-hander an inning to settle in. Polsinelli was victimized by a first inning homer off Tynan Pedretti’s (Merced College) bat that had the visitors out to a quick 3-0 lead.
Polsinelli, though, would not allow another run over his final 3.1 innings. In total, he allowed three runs, six hits, one walk, and two hit batters. The Guilderland, NY native was relieved by Will Kendell (Auburn) with one out and two on in the fifth. Kendall used just four pitches to get a fly out and a strikeout to end the threat.
Amsterdam got a single run in the second when Luke Maile (Kentucky) led off with his third homerun of the season to cut the lead to 3-1. Picha doubled with one out in the third and came around to score a wild pitch from Cooperstown starter Tyler Broome (USC Sumter) to make it 3-2.
Broome faced more trouble in the fifth when Taylor Stark (Mississippi State) and Josh Alexander (Utah) started the frame with consecutive singles. One out later Green, after driving in the winning run in the ninth inning last night, picked up yet another big hit as he connected on a single that plated Stark to tie the game.
Demarcus Henderson (Mississippi State) has been white hot of late for Amsterdam and the second baseman continued his torrid pace when he lined a single to left to put the Hawks in front 4-3.
Picha tacked on two more in the seventh with his first homerun of the summer to extend the lead to 6-3.
Mike Dodakian (Dartmouth) pitched a scoreless seventh, Derrick Brewer (Radford) got the side in order in the eighth, and Abram Williams (Radford) did the same in the ninth for his ninth save in 11 opportunities. It all added up to the Mohawks 11th win in their last 13 tries.
Kendall (1-1) was the winner while Broome (1-2) lost it. Neither team committed an error and the Mohawks outhit the visitors 10-7.
Because Glens Falls lost this evening, The Mohawks (18-12) have claimed sole possession of first place for the first time this summer. The Hawkeyes (14-11) remain in a first place tie with Newark.