The highest scoring offense in the league lit it up even more on Sunday night with season highs for runs and hits. The Amsterdam Mohawks banged out 23 hits en route to a 16-run attack as they defeated the Cooperstown Hawkeyes 16-8 at Shuttleworth Park in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
Zak Colby (Faulkner) and Jeff Boehm (Kentucky) knocked five hits apiece for the sixth ranked nationally Mohawks' attack including Colby's first homerun of the year in the first inning. Demarcus Henderson (Mississippi State) was 4-for-5 including a 3-run double.
The victory was Amsterdam's third in a row as they improved to 23-5 overall opening an eight-game advantage over second-place Glens Falls and Newark in the league standings with 21 games remaining in the regular season. Amsterdam has tallied 35 runs in their three-game win streak with scores of 12-2, 7-2 and 16-8.
Their previous high for runs this season was 12, done three times including Friday night against Glens Falls. Their previous high for hits was 19 which came June 20 at Albany in an 11-0 victory.
Cooperstown was led by Coleman Barron (Davidson) who went 2-for-5 with a 2-run double in the third inning when the score was still close. And Jacob Hubert (Laredo CC) also had a 2-run double for the visitors.
Amsterdam would score in the first five innings and would post crooked numbers on the board in four of those first five.
Colby blasted his first long-ball of the year to straight-away center of Cooperstown starter Josh Anderson (Cypress) to open the scoring in the first inning.
The Mohawks scored another in the second to make it 3-0 when Scott Heath (Maine) beat out a single, advanced to third on a Chase Williamson (Auburn) single, and scored on a wild pitch.
Cooperstown rallied to tie it at 3-3 in the top of the third. Ty Blankmeyer (St. John's) singled off Amsterdam starting pitcher Matt Pirro (Wake Forest) and then Matt Carr (New Paltz) also delivered a hit. Coleman Barron's blast to deep center would bring home both runners and then Barron would advance to third and score on a ground-out by Jacob Hubert.
But Amsterdam would put together a six-run rally in the third inning and then score three more in the fourth in breaking the 3-3 tie and pushing out to a comfortable 12-3 lead.
Zak Colby, Brian Ruby (Binghamton) and Josh Nethaway (U. Albany) had three straight singles, Nethaway's driving home Colby, to knock Josh Anderson out of the game when it was 4-0. After a walk and hit batter forcing in another to make it 5-0, Amsterdam would have the bases loaded again for their opportunity to break the game open.
Demarcus Henderson delivered his big drive to the gap in right-center clearing the bases. His 3-run double made the score 8-3 and then he would come home on the first of Jeff Boehm's three doubles making it 9-3.
Josh Nethaway's two-run double in the fourth made it 11-3 and then Nethaway was able to steal third and score on a throwing error for the 12th run of the game.
Cooperstown scored two in the fifth cutting the margin to 12-5 on a two-run double from a high pop landing in front of Jeff Boehm in right-field that he was simply unable to locate. Blankmeyer and Hubert scored on the play.
But the Mohawks got those runs back in the bottom of the fifth to retake their nine-run margin with Boehm and Green singling and then both coming around on Josh Nethaway's third hit of the evening making the score 14-5.
Both teams would post multi-digits on the board in the eighth inning to complete the scoring.
Cooperstown struck three times in the top of the inning to pull within six runs and 14-8. Colton Beatty socked a two-run double off Jeff Boehm to highlight the two-out rally.
Amsterdam scored two in the bottom of the eighth with two Mohawks both collecting their fifth hit of the night. Jeff Boehm's third double and fifth safe-knock came just after Demarcus Henderson had made it a 4-for-5 night for him. Boehm collected his second RBI.
And then Zac Colby's fifth hit of the game would be his fourth single to go along with his opening-frame long-ball to secure his third RBI bringing the final tally to 16-8.
Matt Pirro was the winner to improve to 3-0 as he lasted five innings and allowed five runs, four earned while striking out four and allowing seven hits.
Dan Zlotnick (Marist), Kevin Archbold (U. Albany) and Matt Gage (Siena) all worked shutout single innings of relief in the sixth, seventh and ninth. Jeff Boehm (Kentucky) pitched in the eighth inning and was touched for three runs.
Amsterdam has the day off Monday before returning to action Tuesday hosting the fourth-place Albany Dutchmen who have worked their way up the standings with a nice streak of wins to grab a hold of the last playoff spot in the very tight PGCBL race. Albany has not defeated Amsterdam this year in five tries.
Rocky McCord (Auburn) is slated to start the Tuesday game for the Mohawks. McCord is 3-0 and is third in the league in ERA at 1.27.
The Mohawks will also be at home this week on Thursday and Friday.
Cooperstown returns to Doubleday Field Monday evening at 5:00 to host the Oneonta Outlaws.
Amsterdam's home game on Tuesday and away game on Wednesday can be heard on Teamline. High quality broadcasts on ustream will resume on Thursday night on ustream.tv/channel/mohawksradio