Wizards' Whitehead Weaves Complete Game Shutout In Win Over Mohawks

WATERTOWN, N.Y. – Scott Whitehead (Canisius) pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout to lead the Watertown Wizards over the Amsterdam Mohawks, 2-0, on Thursday night at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds. The game between the Wizards (16-25) and the Mohawks (27-15) was completed in  one hour and 54 minutes, the second-fastest time for a nine-inning game in the PGCBL this season.

Whitehead (3-2) scattered four singles, walked none and struck out five in a 108-pitch outing. The right-handed starter retired 27 of the 32 Amsterdam batters he faced and allowed just one runner to safely advance past second base. Between the first and fifth frames, Whitehead set down 14 Mohawks in a row.

All of Watertown’s offense came in the second inning against Amsterdam starter Ryan Harper (Saint Rose). Jake McGuiggan (Harvard) began the inning with a solo home run to left field. Angel Rosa (Alcorn State) followed with a walk and he was bunted over to second by Pat Talbut (St. John’s). Alex Maldonado (Holy Cross) pushed Rosa to third with a one-out infield single. The next batter, Erick Gaylord (Campbell) smashed a hard ground ball to the left side that turned into a fielders’ choice as Maldonado was retired at second but Rosa scored from third to give Watertown a 2-0 lead.

Amsterdam’s Ryan Harper (0-1), Ethan Selby (Fulton-Montgomery CC) and Mike Dodakian (Dartmouth) combined on a five-hitter. Harper, making his first appearance for the Mohawks, pitched the first four innings and allowed two runs on two hits. He walked one and struck out two. Ethan Selby, also in his Amsterdam debut, entered in the fifth and tossed three scoreless stanzas. Mike Dodakian finished the night with a scoreless eighth. The Amsterdam mound trio combined to strand six Watertown runners on base.

For the Wizards, Jake McGuiggan went 3-for-3 with a single, a double and a home run, Alex Maldonado singled twice and stole two bases and Erick Gaylord drove in his league-high 40th run of the season.

Andrew Green (ETSU), Zach Shank (Marist), Parker Morin (So. Idaho) and Josh Alexander (Utah) each had one hit for the Mohawks.

The Wizards travel to Cooperstown tomorrow for a 5:00 p.m. start against the first-place Cooperstown Hawkeyes. The Purple and Gold will next play at home on Sunday against the Elmira Pioneers. First pitch at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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