Green Rescues Mohawks

The Mohawks went into East Field in Glens Falls on Monday night with the same task they faced two nights prior, beat the Golden Eagles and pull even atop the Eastern Division standings. Just like Saturday night, the Mohawks go the job done. This time, however, there was no sitting on a five-run lead. Instead, the Hawks used an Andrew Green (East Tennessee State) RBI single in the top of the ninth to provide the final score, 3-2

Jack Fischer (Wake Forest) made his second start of the season for Amsterdam and cruised through the first five innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four – including a stretch over which he retired seven consecutive batters. Fischer, though, ran into a speed bump in the bottom of the sixth.

John Rooney (Siena) led off with a groundball single through the right side of the infield, and Kyle Ruchim (Northwestern) followed with an identical knock that had the tying runs on base. After a sacrifice bunt, David Olson (Tacoma C.C.) drove in the Eagles’ first run with a groundout to shortstop, cutting the lead to 2-1.

Fischer walked the next batter and then allowed Michael Kindel (Kansas State) to crack the third single of the inning and tie the ballgame. On the same play, Josh Netheway (Albany) misplayed the ball in right-field, as the runner from first tried to score on the miscue, Netheway gathered himself and fired a strike to the plate to prevent the go-ahead run.

Netheway scored the first run of the game in the fourth when Demarcus Henderson (Mississippi State) looped a single into centerfield. In the sixth, Netheway was in the middle of another scoring play when he doubled home Parker Morin (Utah) from first to give the Mohawks a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the ninth inning, Matt Mack (Radford) led off with a single, Henderson moved him over with a sac bunt, and then Green slashed the game winning hit up the middle, scoring Mack from second and helping the Mohawks take a 3-2 advantage.

The back-end of the Mohawks bullpen has shaped up to be a lethal combination this summer and it was on display Monday night. Derrick Brewer (Radford) struck out four and stranded a pair of runners over two scoreless innings before giving way to his college teammate Abram Williams (Radford) in the ninth. Abram allowed a leadoff single to Kindel who later stole second. Williams retired the next three in order on a strikeout, a pop-out, and a groundout to shortstop to end the threat and end the game.

With the win, Amsterdam (17-12) moves back into a first place tie with the Golden Eagles (15-10). The game at East Field marked the only action in Perfect Game League play on Monday evening. The Mohawks will host the Cooperstown Hawkeyes on Tuesday night at Shuttleworth Park.

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