Until July 5th, Jack Fischer (Wake Forest) had appeared primarily as a middle infielder for the Amsterdam Mohawks. On Tuesday night, the righty from Illinois put together his third consecutive quality start when he did not allow an earned run over six innings and led the Mohawks to a 9-1 win over Elmira at Shuttleworth Park.
The Mohawks continued to power through Perfect Game League pitching as they cracked three more homeruns on Tuesday night, Amsterdam has now blasted 10 long-balls over their last 5 games.
Zach Shank (Marist) was the first man to victimize Elmira starter Aaron Zaleznik (Massachusetts) when the shortstop fired his first homer of the summer over the leftfield wall to push Amsterdam ahead 2-0 in the third.
Jude Vidrine (Lamar) came up next and reached on a wild pitch after striking out. The next hitter was Luke Maile (Kentucky) who annihilated an inside pitch over the leftfield fence for the second two-run round-tripper of the inning.
On the homerun, home plate umpire Wyatt Lee suffered an apparent right leg injury that left him writhing on the grass between third and home. The injury forced the Pioneers to clear the field and resulted in a 15-minute delay. After receiving attention in the Mohawks dugout he hobbled back to his post.
Kody Ortman (Auburn) connected with his first homerun of the season with one out in the fourth to put the home team in front 5-0. After a couple of singles and an error in centerfield allowed Matt Mack (Radford) to score, Shank tripled home Andrew Green (East Tennessee State) to make it a 7-0 game.
Fischer faced his only true threat in the fifth when he loaded the bases on a single, a walk, and a Mack error. Fischer then hit B.J. Willis (Wabash Valley C.C.) to force in the only run of the game for the visitors. On the next play, the righty made a stellar diving stab to his left and threw out Hyde at the plate, he then struck out David Bishop (Mississippi State) to end the inning.
Amsterdam tacked on single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 9-1 lead.
Taylor Stark (Mississippi State) pitched three scoreless innings for his first save of the summer and helped Fischer move to 2-0 on the season.
Zaleznik (1-2) is charged with the loss that pushes the Pioneers (15-18) three games below .500. The victory is Amsterdam’s (22-13) 15th in their last 18 games and helps them keep pace atop the East Division with the Golden Eagles.
The Mohawks will head to Newark for a two game series against the Pilots beginning tomorrow at 7:00