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Mohawks Burst Into National Rankings

By: John McGraw
Photo courtesy Amsterdam Mohawks
Photo, right: The Amsterdam Mohawks lined up for the National Anthem on Opening Night at Shuttleworth Park.

The month of July has been a successful one for the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League's Amsterdam Mohawks. The Mohawks are arguably the hottest team in the league and have gone 12-3 since the calendar flipped from June to July. Catcher Luke Maile (Kentucky) was named PGCBL Player of the Week (July 3 - July 10) after a week in which the Mohawks rocketed up the PGCBL East standings and into first place. Wednesday, the Mohawks made their debut in the latest edition of the Summer Top 25. The poll, put together by PG Crosschecker and listed the Mohawks at number 23 in the nation. Both the Glens Falls Golden Eagles and the Cooperstown Hawkeyes were mentioned among the "Also Receiving Consideration" category. The full Top 25 can be viewed here.

Just hours after the latest national rankings were released, the Mohawks erupted for six home runs in a 16-1 victory over the Cooperstown Hawkeyes at Doubleday Field. Seven Mohawks have a batting average of .280 or higher. Outfielder Jude Vidrine (Lamar) leads the PGCBL with 59 total bases and his .351 batting average and five home runs rank among the league's top six in each respective category. On the mound, Amsterdam's 3.56 earned run average, 12 saves and 254 strikeouts top all PGCBL clubs. Closer Abram Williams (Radford) has converted a league-high nine saves while Mark Leiter Jr. (New Jersey Tech) has struck out 39 batters in 32.0 innings, good for third-most in the circuit. 

The Glens Falls Golden Eagles were nationally ranked for the first three weeks of the season. The Green and Gold now trail Amsterdam by just one game for first place in the PGCBL East. Utility player David Olson (Tacoma C.C.) is first in the PGCBL with a .384 batting average in 24 games played. He has amassed 34 hits, driven in 17 runs and scored 17 runs. Pitcher Derek Mazzio (Saint Louis) is among the best in the league on the mound. Mazzio has struck out 43 batters in 36.0 innings and his 1.50 earned run average over seven appearances is second in the loop.

The Cooperstown Hawkeyes have quietly put together a strong season at Doubleday Field. Danny Nelson (CSU Monterey Bay) has been a do-it-all hitter for the Otsegans with a .349 batting average, 30 hits, two home runs, 11 RBI and nine stolen bases. Bryan Aanderud (Cypress) leads the team with a .400 batting average and Coleman Barron (Davidson) has swiped 14 bags which are tied for first in the PGCBL. The Hawkeyes have the best home record of any team in the league with a 10-4 mark at Doubleday Field.

Perfect Game USA, baseball's largest scouting service, partnered with eight summer collegiate baseball teams located in upstate New York to form the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League in the fall of 2010. In addition to naming rights, Perfect Game actively assists the league and its' teams in identifying and recruiting top college and junior college prospects.

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