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Mohawks defeat Pioneers to win second PGCBL championship

By: John McGraw
Photo courtesy Fernando Maroto

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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – The Amsterdam Mohawks defeated the Elmira Pioneers, 7-3, in Game 3 of the 2013 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series on Thursday night at Shuttleworth Park to claim their second consecutive PGCBL title. The Mohawks prevailed in the best-of-three series, two games to one. Overall, Amsterdam has won four summer collegiate baseball championships in the last five years.

The nationally-ranked Mohawks, playing in front of a home crowd of 1,400, took control of the game with a five-run fifth inning on three hits and three Elmira errors. Amsterdam loaded the bases in a scoreless fifth with no outs against Elmira starter Jasper Adams (Ithaca) on a Josh Gardiner (Radford) single, an error and a walk to John Sansone (Florida State). Second-year Mohawk Brian Ruby (Binghamton) broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single into center field and Kevin Guthrie (Brown) brought home Amsterdam’s second run with a ground out to the right side. The next batter, Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) plated both Ruby and Sansone with a single into right field to double the Mohawks’ advantage to four. Barrett scored from second on a two-out error to cap off Amsterdam’s five-run outburst.

Trailing 5-0, Elmira battled back in the sixth against Amsterdam starter Matt Snyder (Temple 2013-14). Chris Knott (East Stroudsburg) smashed a one-out single and he moved up to third on a Ryan Plantier (Cornell) double. Dave Hoffmann (Siena) worked a walk to load the bases. With the potential tying run on deck, Elmira’s Brian Bashara (Old Dominion) hit a bouncing ball to the right side of the pitchers’ mound. Matt Snyder fielded the ball cleanly but fell down. From the Shuttleworth Park infield grass, Snyder threw home to force out Chris Knott for the second out of the inning. The Amsterdam starter then induced a pop out to second to end the bases-loaded threat and the inning.

Amsterdam’s Brian Ruby put the game out of reach with back-to-back, two-out RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings. Ruby finished 3-for-4 with three RBI singles in his final three at-bats. All three Ruby RBI singles scored Josh Gardiner who also had three hits. Kyle Barrett went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored.

Matt Snyder allowed one run on six hits over 8.1 innings. He recorded eight-straight outs between the sixth and eighth innings after walking Elmira’s Dave Hoffmann (Siena) in the sixth to load the bases. Snyder carried a five-hit shutout into the ninth. The Temple-bound southpaw struck out three and walked two in his second postseason victory. He was taken out after facing two batters in the ninth.  Mike Urbanski (Binghamton) closed out the game for the Mohawks and recorded the final two outs to help Amsterdam clinch its second consecutive PGCBL championship. Two Tribe errors did allow three runs to cross the plate in the ninth but with two outs Urbanski induced pinch hitter Jim Tunison (Misericordia) to fly out to left field to end the game.

Chris Kalousdian (Manhattan) and Chris Knott each had two hits for the Pioneers. Brian Bashara, Colby Gee (Ithaca) and Matthew Pelt (Wofford) all scored ninth inning runs. Matthew Pelt and Taylor Hillson (Mansfield 2013-14) were credited with one RBI each.

Elmira starting pitcher Jasper Adams worked 4.1 innings and yielded five runs, three earned, on five hits. Adams walked one and struck out one. He retired 11 of Amsterdam’s first 13 batters in the first four innings. Brandon Diorio (Ithaca), Anthony Roma (Herkimer County C.C.) and Anthony Ciango (Northern Illinois) all pitched in relief for the Pioneers.

Notes: Amsterdam scored at least six runs in all three PGCBL Championship Series games and totaled 20 runs for the series…The Mohawks scored 16 of their 20 runs with two outs...Amsterdam’s Josh Gardiner (Radford) batted .545 (6-for-11) in the PGCBLCS and scored five runs. Gardiner finished the PGCBL playoffs with nine hits and nine runs scored in six games…Amsterdam’s Matt Snyder (Temple 2013-14) went 2-0 with a 0.60 earned run average in two playoff starts. Snyder allowed two runs, one earned, on 11 hits in back-to-back starts against Albany and Elmira. He walked four and struck out 10 in 15.0 innings pitched…Overall, the Mohawks have won seven summer collegiate baseball championships (1988, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)…Amsterdam has captured back-to-back championships on three separate occasions (2003-2004, 2009-2010, 2012-2013)…Amsterdam has won two of the first three PGCBL championships.

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