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Early Home Runs Cripple Dutchmen in Defeat

The Albany Dutchmen (17-24) were defeated by the Amsterdam Mohawks (28-16) at Bob Bellizzi Field on Saturday night by a score of 14-4. After two Mohawk home runs within the first three innings, the Dutchmen failed to make a comeback attempt on the nationally-ranked visitors.

Amdsterdam drew first blood in the top of the second inning as Brad Picha (Paris J.C., TX) hit a two-run homer to highlight a three-run inning for the Mohawks. The lead quickly vanished however as both Paul Bello (Georgetown) and Joey Boney (Loyola Marymount) ripped RBI singles cutting the Mohawk margin to one.

The Amsterdam bats continued to deliver in the third inning as Andrew Green (East Tennessee State) hit the second Mohawk home run of the day. His three-run shot put Amsterdam up 6-2.

After two scoreless innings, Amsterdam blew things open scoring one in the fourth and two in the seventh. The starting pitcher, Jack Fischer (Wake Forest) proved to also be an asset at the plate. Batting ninth, Fischer drove in two with an RBI double in the seventh to give the Mohawks a 9-2 lead through seven frames.

Down 12-2, the Dutchmen added a few runs of their own. Newcomer Billy Creighton (Schenectady County CC) drove in two during the eighth inning on an RBI single in his first Dutchmen at-bat of the season.

Picha lead the Mohawks three hits, three runs and three RBIs in the rout.  Dutchmen starter Tanner Barron (Trinity) was tagged with the loss going just 3.1 innings in the defeat. Fischer recorded the win for Amsterdam allowing two runs on six hits while fanning five in seven innings of work. Despite leaving nine men on base, Javonte Osterhout (St. Rose) went 2-2 with two runs score for Albany.

The Dutchmen will take on the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs on the road tomorrow at 7 p.m. Their final home game is Tuesday against the DiamondDawgs. For all Dutchmen information visit www.dutchmenbaseball.com or follow us @DutchmenPGCBL.



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