The Glens Falls Golden Eagles raced out to a 7-0 lead and then hung on at the finish for an 8-6 win to end the first-place Amsterdam Mohawks' 10-game win streak on Friday night in Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League action at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam's most recent loss had been at Glens Falls on Friday, June 8 in just the third game of the season. Since then, the Mohawks had gone two weeks with nothing but wins. But the Golden Eagles were able to get the Mohawks again to improve to 2-0 against their big rivals and 7-6 overall. The Mohawks record fell to 11-3 as they suffered their first loss at home this year moving to 6-1 at Shuttleworth Park.
A large crowd of 3,201 jammed into the old ballpark on Fireworks Night and also for the 6th annual ParkFest. But the big turnout wasn't helpful in boosting the Mohawks early in the game. Glens Falls starter Brandon Magallones (Northwestern) was in top form as he spun six innings of no-hit ball with two walks and six strikeouts on his way to improving to 1-0. Jared Cheek (Georgia Southern) made his way through the eighth and ninth for his league leading fourth save.
Ross Kivett (Kansas State) for Glens Falls and Josh Nethaway (U.Albany) for Amsterdam both socked home-runs. Kivett's was his first this season and Nethaway's long-ball was his second of the year, both of which have come against the Golden Eagles.
The Golden Eagles took the early lead in the top of the first on a two-run homer by Kivett who would later secure his spot as one of the big stars of the night on a spectacular diving catch in shallow right-center in the eighth that would have brought Amsterdam within one run at 8-7.
Carrying a 2-0 lead in the sixth, Glens Falls would rally for five more as they knocked Amsterdam starter Taylor Martin (Kentucky) out of the game. Danny Brennan's (St Louis) double started the rally and he would come home to make it 3-0 on a single by Chase Griffin (Georgia Southern). A couple of wild pitches later plus an rbi single by Alberto Morales (Clarendon) that made it 4-0 would be the end of the night for Martin.
Buddy Putnam (South Florida) socked a two-run triple off reliever Kevin Archbold (U. Albany) to make it 6-0 and he would score on a wild pitch to push the visitors to a 7-0 advantage.
Amsterdam would finally get a chance to get on the board once Magallones left the game. A four-run rally in the seventh off relievers Mike Clarkson (South Florida) and Jake Doller (Kansas State) was keyed by hits from Zac Colby (Faulkner), Chase Green (SIU-Edwardsville) and Demarcus Henderson (Mississippi State).
Trailing 8-4 in the eighth, the Mohawks would plate a couple more on a solo home-run by Josh Nethaway (U. Albany) leading things off. Jeff Boehm (Kentucky) singed and later scored when Green picked up his second hit of the night against Glens Falls closer Jared Cheek (Georgia Southern).
With the score 8-6 in the eighth and runner Henderson at third with two outs, D.J. Hoagboon (U. Albany) looped a fly to shallow right-center that appeared destined to fall in and close the gap to just one run. But second-baseman Kivett sprinted back to the outfield and made a diving, spectacular catch to deny the run and kill the rally possibly saving the game.
Nethaway had a chance to tie the game in the ninth inning when he batted with a runner on and two outs in the ninth but he struck out on a Cheek fastball to end the game.
Amsterdam showed their frustrations with the umpiring at different times through the game. Head Coach Keith Griffin was ejected in the third inning arguing a disputed catchers' interference call. It was the first time Griffin has been tossed this year. Ed Charlton (NJIT) was ejected in the ninth inning for arguing a strikeout call.
After the night's action around the PGCBL, Amsterdam maintained their 3-and-a-half game lead at the top of the standings. The Mohawks are 11-3 and three teams are in a tie for second through fourth with 7-6 marks including Glens Falls, Oneonta and Albany.
The Mohawks are back in action Saturday at Cooperstown at 5:00. Amsterdam has a day off on Sunday and returns home Monday against the Albany Dutchmen.
Glens Falls returns to East Field on Saturday night for a 7:00 game against the Albany Dutchmen.