The Amsterdam Mohawks traveled to little Falls for the first of consecutive double headers with the Mohawk Valley DiamonDawgs on Saturday evening and came away two much needed victories.
As the schedule intensifies as a result of three rainouts earlier in the summer, the bullpen will likely be taxed over the next three weeks. Because Amsterdam is working through a stretch of 25 games in 23 days, they are looking to their starting pitchers to work deep into ballgames and preserve those arms out of the pen. That is exactly what the club got from both Brett Houseal (Marist) and Austin Salter (Cisco J.C.) as each grabbed a win on Saturday.
Houseal worked six innings in game one, allowed seven hits and just one run on the way to his second win of the season. It did not hurt that the Hawks offense posted 12 runs in support of the righty. Amsterdam got their first run in the second when Caleb Bryosn (Middle Georgia J.C.) drove in Zach Shank (Marist) with a run-scoring double. One inning later Amsterdam broke it open, scoring five runs on the strength of five hits. The frame was highlighted by a Parker Morin (Utah) two-run single and Josh Netheway’s (Albany) run-scoring double.
Staked to a big lead, Brett Houseal struck out a season high six batters and stranded the bases loaded in the six before giving way to Mike Dodakian (Dartmouth). The Massachusetts native allowed a run in the seventh before nailing down the 12-1 win in the first of two at Veterans Memorial Park.
Game two unfolded in a much different manner. Salter made his fourth start of the summer and turned in one of the best performances by a Mohawk hurler this season. The 6’4” Texan sliced through the DiamonDawg lineup, using just 71 pitches to shutout the home team over the first five innings. He struck out at least one batter in each of his five innings and totaled seven punch outs on the evening.
Amsterdam scored the only run of game two in the top of the fourth. Jude Vidrine (Lamar) smashed a one-out double that spit the outfielders in left center, the next hitter was Kody Ortman who poked an RBI single into right field and put the Mohawks out in front 1-0.
Derrick Brewer (Radford) stranded two men on in the sixth and gave way to Abram Williams (Radford) in the seventh. The Mohawks closer worked around a leadoff hit and struck out the final batter of the ballgame for his fifth save in six chances.
The Mohawks (9-10) inch closer to the .500 mark while Mohawk Valley slips to 5-10. The same teams will tangle in another double header at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam, NY on Sunday night. A pair of seven inning contests will get underway at 5:00 PM. Hear the game right here on amsterdammohawks.com by clicking on the blue and white TEAMLINE link on the right side of the homepage.