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PG: Mohawks continue charge up PGCBL standings

Amsterdam's Trey Wingenter (Auburn) in action against the Albany Dutchmen on July 20. Photo courtesy Corey Mansfield/Broken Bat Blog

From Perfect Game USA

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—The Amsterdam Mohawks continue to bring up the rear in the Eastern Division of the Perfect Game Collegiate League, but are beginning to make noises that they are ready to assume their customary role as the dominant team in the 10-team league.

With a 20-hit explosion Tuesday that highlighted a 17-0 win over Watertown, and a five home run outburst Wednesday that keyed an easy 11-3 victory over the Cooperstown Hawkeyes, the defending league champion Mohawks have now won five games in a row, and at 10-9, moved over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

After posting an overall 39-13 record a year ago, Amsterdam began the 2013 season at 2-7, and was struggling in all phases of the game.

“We didn’t play well at all at the start, especially defensively, in part because we didn’t have all our players here,” said Keith Griffin, the team’s long-time head coach. “But everyone is here now, and we’ve gotten progressively better every game. Our pitching, in particular, has come on, and better defined itself.”

Had it not been for an uncharacteristic sixth-inning error Wednesday that opened the door for Cooperstown to score all three of its runs (all unearned), the Mohawks would have spun their third straight shutout. Lefthander Matt Snyder (Temple) and two relievers otherwise stymied the Hawkeyes, but the real story of Amsterdam’s latest victory was a relentless offensive attack.

DH Dylan Smith, a rising sophomore at Auburn, went deep twice for the Mohawks, including a three-run shot in the seventh, while shortstop John Sansone (Florida State), center fielder Ed Charlton (New Jersey Tech) and first baseman John Nogowski (Florida State) contributed solo shots to put the game out of reach early. All took full advantage of the short left-field porch at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field, which measures just 296 down the line and 336 feet in the left-center field alley.

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