Gaylord Blasts Watertown Past Amsterdam

It has only happened 16 times in the major leagues and it happened on Saturday night in Amsterdam, NY. Erick Gaylord (Campbell) hit four homeruns and was 5-5 with seven RBI as he led the Wizards to a 9-8 win over the Mohawks in front of 2,011 spectators at Shuttleworth Park.

Kris Barone (Mt. Olive) allowed  three homeruns – two from Garylord – and left after tossing just 42 pitches over two innings of work, he allowed four hits, four runs, a walk, and a hit batter.

Gaylord poked his first homerun over the rightfield fence in the top of the first to put the Wizards in front 2-0.

Kaleb Barlow (Chipola) hit a solo blast in the second, two batters later Gaylord went deep over the leftfield fence for his second four-bagger in as many innings to stretch the lead to 4-0.

Amsterdam picked up three unearned runs in the third without the benefit of a hit. Wizards starter Scott Whitehead (Canisius) hit two batters, walked one, and was victimized by two errors – one of which he committed – to help draw the Mohawks to within 4-3.

In the fourth, Taylor Stark (Mississippi State) plated Parker Morin (Utah) with a single to tie the game at four.

Josh Netheway (Albany) gave the home team their first lead with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. In the sixth, Andrew Green (East Tennessee State) knocked in his eighth run of the season with a single to push the Mohawks in front 6-4.

But Saturday was Erick Gaylord’s night, the righty slashed his third round-tripper of the game over the tall leftfield wall off of Mike Dodakian (Dartmouth) in the seventh, a two run dinger that tied the game at six.

Kody O’Connor (LeMoyne) found the right-centerfield fence for a one-out triple in the eighth, and scored on Alex Maldanado’s (Holy Cross) single two batters later. However, When Gaylord stepped back into the right handed batter’s box with a man on second and two out, there was a buzz at Shuttleworth Park, more than 2,000 viewers wondered if he would go deep again. He did. Gaylord smashed a Derrick Brewer (Radford) changeup deep into the night over the leftfield wall for his fourth long-ball of the evening.

The loss snaps Amsterdam’s (21-13) five game win streak and brings Watertown’s (12-19) four game losing skid to a halt. Both teams recorded 13 hits and committed three errors. The Mohawks left 11 men aboard and Watertown stranded eight.

Brewer (3-1) is pinned with his first loss and Tim Sylvester (St. John Fisher) improves to 1-3. The Mohawks are off tomorrow leading up to the All-Star game in Elmira on Monday. Watertown will travel to Cooperstown for a 1:00 game on Sunday.

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