Above left to right: WNYT's Andrew Catalon, Mohawks President/GM Brian Spagnola and Mark Leiter Jr. during Saturday night's Hall of Fame ceremony. Photo courtesy Amsterdam Mohawks/Mark Perfetti
New Jersey Institute of Technology senior Mark Leiter, a two-time All-PGCBL selection, has been inducted into the Amsterdam Baseball/Mohawks Baseball Hall of Fame. Leiter and the Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2013 were honored at a ceremony on Sat., Feb. 2, at St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam.
Leiter spent two summers with the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s Amsterdam Mohawks. Over a two-year career in the Carpet City, Leiter amassed a PGCBL and franchise record 106 strikeouts. He went 7-3 over 15 starts for the Mohawks and carved out a 2.28 earned run average as well as a .198 opponents’ batting average. In the postseason, Leiter was nearly un-hittable. The NJIT product made two playoff appearances and went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 21 strikeouts. He held the Newark Pilots (2011) and the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs (2012) to just five hits in 14.2 innings.
The Toms River, N.J., native was the top 2011 PGCBL strikeout artist with a league high 74 strikeouts. He outdistanced the second-place finisher in strikeouts by 14. Leiter went 4-3 over 10 appearances and ranked fourth among all PGCBL starting pitchers with a 2.67 earned run average. The rising NJIT junior started Game 1 of the 2011 PGCBL Championship Series against the Newark Pilots at Newark’s Colburn Park. Leiter held Newark to two unearned runs on three hits over 5.2 innings and struck out a game-high eight as the Mohawks defeated the Pilots 5-2. Following the season, he earned first team All-PGCBL accolades.
Mark returned to the pitch for Keith Griffin’s Mohawks last summer. He went undefeated (3-0) in five starts for the Tribe and posted a 1.55 earned run average. Leiter allowed just five earned runs in 29.0 innings and struck out 32. He recorded his 100th career PGCBL strikeout against the Newark Pilots on July 20 at Shuttleworth Park. That evening, Leiter tossed a four-hit shutout for seven innings and fanned four in a 4-1 triumph.
Leiter’s final start for the Mohawks proved to be his finest. He took the mound for a winner-take-all Game 3 in the opening round of the 2012 PGCBL playoffs against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. Leiter pitched a complete game two-hitter and tied a career high with 13 strikeouts in a 4-2 Amsterdam victory. Mohawk Valley did not manage a hit off of Leiter until the fifth inning. The 2013 Mohawks Hall of Famer ended the game by retiring 13 of the final 14 DiamondDawgs he opposed and seven of the 13 outs were recorded via strikeout. Mark was named to the All-PGCBL second team in 2012.
The son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Mark Leiter and the nephew of former MLB pitcher Al Leiter is entering his senior season at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Mark was a 2011 All-Great West Conference performer for the Highlanders and he was named to the New Jersey Division I All-State Rookie Team in 2010. He heads into his final collegiate campaign at NJIT with 258 career strikeouts.