Mohawks Move to 11th in Summer Top 30 Rankings

Photo courtesy Amsterdam Mohawks
The Amsterdam Mohawks of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League have risen to number 11 this week in the second "Summer Top 30" poll of 2012. The Mohawks were ranked 15th in the first poll of the season. The Oneonta Outlaws are listed among the teams receiving votes. The poll, released on June 26, was compiled by Allan Simpson of Perfect Game USA.

According to a Perfect Game press release, teams in the poll are ranked on the following criteria: won-loss record, league dominance, depth and quality of professional talent and overall strength of the league. All of the teams ranked in the top 30 this week have at least a .500 winning percentage.

To see the press release and the full rankings, click here.

The Amsterdam Mohawks under the guidance of head coach Keith Griffin currently lead the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League with a record of 15-3 (.833). The nationally-ranked Mohawks have won 14 of their last 15 games and most recently have won four in a row. Since the last rankings were released on June 20, Amsterdam has posted a 6-1 record. Heading into league action on June 28, the Mohawks have a four-game lead on second-place Oneonta and Newark in the league standings.

Amsterdam’s Matt Gage (Siena) has developed into one of the top pitchers in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The rising sophomore from Gloversville, N.Y., leads the league with four victories (4-0) and stands among the top three in innings pitched (25.0) and strikeouts (32). Gage has accrued a 1.80 earned run average over six appearances. The Amsterdam pitching staff as a whole leads the nine-team PGCBL with 182 strikeouts and the Mohawks have walked only 67 batters, a league low. Four Amsterdam hurlers boast at least 10 strikeouts. Rocky McCord (Auburn) trails Gage with 28 and Chandler Shepherd (Kentucky), a PGCBL Co-Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 18 through June 24, is third with 22 strikeouts. Shepherd leads the league with a 0.45 earned run average and he is 3-0 through his first three starts. Closer Chase Williamson (Auburn) is tied for first in the loop with four saves.

Amsterdam is second in the league in both team earned run average (2.68) and team batting average (.277). The Mohawks pitching staff has already accounted for three shutouts on the season, two more than the next closest team.

Offensively for the Mohawks, outfielder Evan Stephens (Wake Forest) leads the team with a .465 batting average. Stephens has recorded 20 hits in 43 at-bats and already has scored 14 runs in 13 games played. Five other Amsterdam swingers are hitting at least .300. Infielder Nathan Gomez (Marshall) is first on the team with 14 RBI; he is one of six Mohawks with at least 10 RBI. Gomez drove in 10 runs over six games between June 18 and June 24. Lead-off man Ed Charlton (NJIT) is first among all Amsterdam players with four home runs. Charlton hit two belts in a single game earlier this week against the Albany Dutchmen at Shuttleworth Park. Infielder Chase Green (SIU Edwardsville) is among the team and league batters in hits (24), runs scored (16), doubles (six), RBI (11) and batting average (.369). Both Green and Charlton have tallied 16 runs apiece.

The Oneonta Outlaws are currently tied for second place in the PGCBL with the defending league champion Newark Pilots. Through the first three weeks of the season, the Outlaws have accrued winning streaks of three, four and four games. Oneonta’s 11 wins are tied for the second-most among all PGCBL teams. Lead-off batter and starting center fielder Logan Brown (Baylor) was named the Co-PGCBL Player of the Week this past Monday. Brown hit .409, scored nine runs and stole six bases in six games. The Outlaws are 8-4 with Brown on the roster. Oneonta leads the league in stolen bases (50) and team earned run average. Starting pitchers David Sosebee (Georgia), Sheldon Lee (U. San Francisco) and Brett Lisle (Virginia) have combined to earn seven victories. Lee leads the Outlaws with three wins and he has struck out 20 batters in 23.0 innings. Through four appearances, Sosebee is 2-0 with one save and a 1.89 earned run average. Offensively, Zac Johnson (Illinois State) and Clay Holcomb (Troy) are tied for the team lead with 10 RBI, Johnson also has 20 hits while Holcomb is tied for the team lead with 13 stolen bases. Holcomb’s 13 swipes tied with teammate Omar Garcia (State College) for the second-most in the league. The Outlaws are 8-4 over their last 12 games.

Perfect Game USA, baseball’s largest scouting service, partnered with eight summer collegiate baseball teams in the fall of 2010 to form the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. In addition to naming rights, Perfect Game actively assists the league in identifying and recruiting top college and junior college prospects.

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