Filed by the Amsterdam Mohawks
AMSTERDAM, N.Y. - Dylan Smith (Auburn) established a new record in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League with eight runs batted in during a single game as Amsterdam defeated the Adirondack Trail Blazers 13-3 on Tuesday night at Shuttleworth Park. The victory in the home finale for the Mohawks was their 11th in a row as they improved to 31-16 on the season. The Adirondack Trail Blazers fell to 17-29.
Smith had two doubles and a home run for his big night. His two-run double in the first inning got Amsterdam on the board with a 2-1 lead. He then socked a three-run double in the fourth inning and then capped the record-breaking performance with a three-run homer over the Chain Monster in left-field in the eighth inning.
The old league record of seven RBIs in a game also happened at Shuttleworth Park a couple of seasons ago when Erick Gaylord of the Watertown Wizards hit four home runs in a single game on July 16, 2011.
Smith's home run was his sixth of the season. His eight RBIs on the night gives him a total of 34 for the year putting him in the team-lead ahead of Josh Gardiner (Radford) with 33 and Ed Chalton (NJIT) with 32 while also giving him a shot at the league RBI crown with the regular season finale Wednesday evening at Cooperstown.
A quartet of Amsterdam relief pitchers combined to retire the last 13 consecutive Adirondack hitters to preserve the win. Zach Quayle (Ave Maria) threw perfect baseball in the eighth and ninth innings to receive credit for the win and improve to 2-0 while lowering his ERA which was already sub-one entering the game.
Five pitchers teamed up for a four-hitter for the victory for the nationally ranked Mohawks who entered this week's action rated #22 in the country.
Trey Wingenter (Auburn) started the game and lasted four innings on his pitch-count while Coach Griffin had the luxury of aligning his pitching rotation for the upcoming playoffs scheduled to begin Friday at Shuttleworth Park for Amsterdam. Wingenter struck out five increasing his season total to 55 which is good for second most in the league behind only Eann Cox of Cooperstown.
Kevin Guthrie (Brown) socked a pair of doubles and scored two runs.Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) had a pair of RBIs for Amsterdam. And Ed Charlton (NJIT) went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, one RBI and one stolen base.
Matt Engler (MVCC) was pinned with the loss for Adirondack dropping to 3-4 on the season.
Chris Divarco (Northern Illinois) cranked a towering drive to left in the second inning for his third homer of the year. Dominic Fazio (High Point) hit an RBI double for the Trail Blazers who fell to 17-29. Ryan Dungey (SUNYIT) pitched three middle innings of one-hit relief.
The Mohawks raced out to an 8-2 lead in the first four innings with two runs in the opening frame, three more in the next inning and then another three-spot in the fourth inning. Dylan Smith was already responsible for five of the eight runs at that point.
Amsterdam's 11 straight victories is technically only a 10-game win streak because one of the wins was the completion of a suspended game and officially reverts back to June 6 on the calendar. Amsterdam also had a 10-game win streak last season. The league record is 11 in a row by Mohawk Valley last season and Amsterdam will have an opportunity to equal that mark if they win their regular season finale on Wednesday.
The Mohawks 15-1 since July 12. And following a 5-9 start to the 2013 season, the Mohawks have gone 26-7 since June 21.
It was the fifth time in the past couple weeks for Amsterdam to crack the double-digit barrier in runs over the course of their win streak as they again raised their team batting average for the whole season to .300. The streak has also featured wins by scores of 14-3 at Adirondack, 13-9 vs. Albany, 10-1 at Elmira, 17-2 at Glens Falls, and now 13-3 over Adirondack
The Amsterdam Mohawks will depart earlier than usual for their game at Cooperstown tomorrow at 5:00. The team will take a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame and then will forego batting practice in their last game of the year so they enjoy the sights.
Dylan Dwyer (Kentucky) will start the season finale for the Mohawks but will be quickly followed by various relievers according to Head Coach Keith Griffin. The Trail Blazers conclude their regular season Wednesday night at the Elmira Pioneers.
Amsterdam is off Thursday while two other teams in the East Division will have a single playoff game for the right to advance to the division finals. Mohawk Valley will host either Glens Falls or Albany on Thursday night in Little Falls.
Amsterdam will host Game 1 of their Best of 3 series on Friday night against the survivor of the opening game. However, if rain forces a postponement in the Thursday night game, then Amsterdam's playoff opener would have to be pushed to Saturday.
Coach Griffin has announced that a pair of lefties will be his starters to begin the playoffs. Matt Snyder (Temple) and Rich Vrana (Marist) have been tabbed to start Games 1 and 2 respectively.
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