Mohawks ground Hawkeyes Friday night at Shuttleworth

Filed by the Amsterdam Mohawks

The Amsterdam Mohawks hosted the Cooperstown Hawkeyes looking to beat them after losing this past Sunday 9-3 at Doubleday Field. The Mohawks responded to a Cooperstown home run in the very first inning and never looked back, shutting out Cooperstown for the next eight innings, winning 4-1 at Shuttleworth Park in front of 1,012 hopeful fans.

The second batter of the game and for Cooperstown, second baseman Ben Hall (Central Alabama C.C.) took an 0-1 pitch and launched it over the heightened fencing in right field jumping on top of the Mohawks 1-0.

Amsterdam threatened Hawkeyes' starter Jonathan Chudy (Pace) in the first loading the bases with no one out. Chudy was able to strike out the next three batters to avert an early disaster.

Amsterdam's starting pitcher Matt Snyder (Fulton Montgomery C.C.) never looked back after the first inning home run that fielding his position and shutting down Cooperstown in five strong innings of shutout work. He finished allowing only the one run, struck out five,

Amsterdam responded in the bottom of the second inning to Cooperstown's one run. Mohawks' second baseman Josh Gardiner (Radford) ripped a double over the centerfielder's head and scored Brian Ruby (Binghampton) and Ronnie Bernick (Canisius) to put the Mohawks up 2-1 heading into the top of the third.

Christian Bartholomew (Wake Forest) and Kevin Guthrie (Brown) each pitched two inning of shut out work after Matt Snyder's stellar performance.

Cooperstown's Chudy lasted five inning giving up three runs, five hits and walking two, but finished with five strike outs. Josh Garran pitched one inning allowing one run on four hits.

Colin Gay (Maine) hit a monster home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to increase Amsterdam's lea to 3-1 over Cooperstown, and Amsterdam's Ed Charlton (New Jersey Tech) homered down the left field line, barely staying fair, to cap off the scoring for the Mohawks at four runs.

Amsterdam (2-4) hosts the Adirondack TrailBlazers on Saturday night at Shuttleworth Park at 7:05 PM. Before the game, kids with a little league jersey can participate in the Mohawks annual little league clinic. Kids can brings their gloves to learn fielding, hitting, throwing and pitching by Mohawks players.

The Cooperstown Hawkeyes falls to 3-2 on the season and travels to Elmira Saturday night to take on the Pioneers. Game time at Dunn Field is also 7:00.

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