Mohawks Chalk It Up and Turn the Page

Nick Poslinelli’s (College of St. Rose) night was done after four innings, but the Mohawks chances were put to bed before the righty was out of the first. Polsinelli was dragged through his worst outing of the summer on Wednesday night in Watertown, allowing nine runs on seven hits and serving has the heaviest straw that broke Amsterdam’s six game win streak. The Wizards pieced together an 11-hit attack and ambushed the Mohawks 11-1 at Alex T. Duffy Field.

Before the fifth spot in the Mohawks order came to the plate on Wednesday, the Wizards had cruised to a 5-0 lead in the second meeting between the clubs this summer. Patrick Puentes (Holy Cross) began the onslaught with a run scoring double to break a short-lived scoreless tie in the first. A few batters later, Polsinelli plunked Jake McGuiggin (Harvard) with the bases full to drive in run number two. On the next pitch, Chris Gruarin (Canisius) blasted a bases clearing triple to the wall in left-center to bury the Hawks in an insurmountable hole.

A few innings later, just for good measure, Gruarin drove in another run with a double and the Wizards hung a four-run fourth on Polsinelli, officially ending his outing. The mistep was the second striaght subpar performance for the Schenectady native (1-2) who has arguably been Amsterdam's best starting pitcher this summer.

Will Kendall (Auburn), who started on Sunday, was first out of the Mohawk’s bullpen, he was followed by Mike Dodakian (Dartmouth) and Chuck Schlegel (Wake Forest), the trio allowed two runs on four hits to finalize Watertown’s 11-run output.

The other half of the story was Aaron Page (Dakota County Technical College) and his puzzling dominance of the Amsterdam lineup. The lefty allowed 12 Mohawk hits, at least one in each inning, and recorded only a single strikeout in his first complete game this season. The southpaw has now tossed 19.1 innings this summer and yielded 28 hits, his ERA is north of five.

Matt Mack (Radford) and Josh Alexander (Utah) linked consecutive singles in the second but were stranded on the corners. Another threat materialized in the sixth when Luke Maile (Kentucky) continued his hot start with the Hawks and doubled in Jude Vidrine (Lamar) for the only Amsterdam run of the game – Maile also doubled in the eighth.

When the contest mercifully came to an end in a manageable 2:13, Amsterdam waved goodbye to its six game win streak, packed the bus, and began the three hour trek back across the New York state. “It’s only one game,” said Head Coach Keith Griffin, “Lets get ready to play tomorrow.”

The Wizards will pay their first visit to Shuttleworth Park this summer when the same teams conclude a three game series on Thursday night in Amsterdam.

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