Photo courtesy Erich Neuhaus/Leader-Herald.
Photo, left: The Amsterdam Mohawks celebrate their Friday night victory over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles at East Field in Glens Falls, N.Y. Among the players pictured include #2 Demarcus Henderson (Miss. State), #5 Jack Fischer (Wake Forest), #3 Zach Shank (Marist), #21 Chuck Schlegel (Wake Forest) and #7 Ryan Harper (Saint Rose). Photo courtesy Leader-Herald
AMSTERDAM 4 GLENS FALLS 3
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Demarcus Henderson (Miss. State) scored on a throwing error in the top of the ninth inning to cap off a four-run rally as the Amsterdam Mohawks earned a come-from-behind, 4-3, victory over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles in the first game of the East Division playoffs. The second game of the best-of-three series will be played on Saturday night at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park.
A solo home run by Ricky Claudio (St. Thomas, Fla.) in the first inning and a Daniel Klein (Kansas State) two-run belt in the second staked Glens Falls out to an early 3-0 lead. Golden Eagles’ starter Kayvon Bahramzadeh (Kansas State) shut out Amsterdam over the first five innings and yielded only one hit. The Mohawks ended their scoreboard drought in the sixth. With runners on second and third, Jude Vidrine (Lamar) lifted a two-out pitch into right field. The ball was lost in the lights and it dropped in for a two-run single that scored both Josh Alexander (Utah) and Andrew Green (ETSU). The Mohawks tied the tilt at three in the eighth inning when a wild pitch brought home Zach Shank (Marist) from third.
Amsterdam took its’ only lead of the night in the ninth inning. A two-base throwing error allowed Demarcus Henderson to reach second with one out. The next batter, Josh Alexander, hit a ground ball that was fielded and thrown away, allowing Henderson to score from second with the go-ahead run for the Mohawks. Amsterdam closer, Abram Williams (Radford), gave up a lead-off single in the bottom of the ninth to David Olson (Tacoma CC) but recovered to strike out the next three batters to end the game.
Derrick Brewer (Radford) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn the victory. Tribe starter Brett Houseal (Marist) allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings and struck out seven. After giving up three runs in the first two frames, Houseal blanked the Golden Eagles over the next five. Josh Alexander went 2-for-4 to lead six different Mohawks with at least one hit.
Glens Falls’ starter Kayvon Bahramzadeh earned a hard-luck no decision. He was charged with three runs on five hits over seven and two-third innings pitched. Bahramzadeh walked one, struck out nine and retired 14-straight batters between the first and fifth innings. Antwan Brown (Santa Fe) took the loss. He allowed one unearned run on one hit in one inning. Peter Noordsy (Wofford) faced one batter in the ninth. Ricky Claudio and Mike Kindel (Kansas State) each had two hits for the Golden Eagles and David Olson scored one run.
R H E
Amsterdam 4 7 3
Glens Falls 3 7 2
Brett Houseal, Derrick Brewer (8, W 1-0), Abram Williams (9, S 1) and Luke Maile. Kayvon Bahramzadeh, Antwan Brown (8, L 0-1), Peter Noordsy (9) and Daniel Klein.
Time – 2:26
Attendance - 533
COOPERSTOWN 6 NEWARK 2
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Bryan Aanderud (Cypress) and Ben Manlove (Chico State) each connected on first-inning sacrifice flies and the Cooperstown Hawkeyes never trailed in a 6-2 victory over the Newark Pilots on Friday evening at Doubleday Field. The series shifts to Newark’s Colburn Park for Game 2 on Saturday night.
Cooperstown’s Danny Nelson (CSU Monterey Bay) drew a lead-off walk in the bottom of the first and moved to third on an attempted sacrifice bunt by Ben Miller (Shippensburg) that turned into a two-base throwing error. Back-to-back sacrifice flies from Aanderud and Manlove plated both Nelson and Miller to give the Hawkeyes a 2-0 lead. Cooperstown starter Tyler Broome (USC Sumter) grounded the Pilots over the first five innings and stranded five Newark runners on base. The visitors cut the Hawkeye lead to one in the sixth inning. Adam Grace (Genesee CC) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in Newark’s first run. Tyler Broome struck out the next batter to end the threat.
The West Division regular season champion Hawkeyes took control in the seventh inning behind an inside-the-park grand slam from Ben Miller. Cooperstown loaded the bases with one out and Miller smashed a line drive into left-center field after a Newark pitching change. A collision between Pilots’ outfielders Michael Bolling (Lewis) and Luke Swenson (UCSB) allowed the ball to get away and all four runners scored for the Hawkeyes.
Newark battled back to score once in the eighth inning on a Shayne Herold (Ashland) RBI single. Cooperstown reliever Terrence Moore (Marshall) ended the threat and the inning by inducing a double-play ground out.
Cooperstown starter Tyler Broome allowed one run on six hits over six innings and struck out six. Terrence Moore yielded one run on three hits in two relief frames and Parker Ray tossed a scoreless ninth. The trio combined to strand 11 Newark runners on base. J.P. Sportman (Central Conn. State) and Luke Burns (Hudson Valley CC) each had two hits and scored once. Ben Miller and Danny Nelson both scored twice.
Newark’s Carson Beauchaine (Saginaw Valley State) pitched six and one-third innings. He was charged with five runs (four earned) on six hits. Beauchaine walked one and struck out four. Andrew Tidwell (Saginaw Valley State) finished the game for Newark and allowed a run on one hit in one and two-thirds frames. Michael Bolling, Jacob Starnes (UT Dallas) and Ray Delvalle (Ky. Wesleyan) all had two hits for the Pilots; Bolling scored one run.
Note: The game was delayed 22 minutes for an injury time-out following the collision between Bolling and Swenson. Both were taken to nearby Bassett Health Center in Cooperstown for precautionary measures.
R H E
Newark 2 9 2
Cooperstown 6 7 2
Carson Beauchaine (L, 0-1), Andrew Tidwell (7) and Adam Grace. Tyler Broome (W, 1-0), Terrence Moore (7), Parker Ray (9) and Ben Manlove.
Time – 2:35
Attendance - 716