NEWARK, N.Y. – Luke Maile (Kentucky) and Josh Alexander (Utah) each drove in two runs and four pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Amsterdam Mohawks defeated the Newark Pilots, 5-2, in Game 1 of the 2011 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series on Wednesday night at Colburn Park. The series will shift to Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park on Thursday for Game 2 and possibly Game 3. The second game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. with a winner-take-all contest to follow if needed.
The Pilots scored two unearned runs in the second inning to fly out to a 2-0 lead. Amsterdam’s Luke Maile tied the tilt in the third with a two-run home run to straightaway center field. Amsterdam grabbed its first lead of the night in the fifth inning when a two-out wild pitch with the bases loaded brought Andrew Green (ETSU) home from third. With the Mohawks ahead by one in the eighth, Alexander smashed a two-run triple to left-center field to increase the Amsterdam advantage to 5-2.
Amsterdam starter Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT) allowed two unearned runs on three hits over five and two-thirds innings. He walked two and struck out a game-high eight. Will Kendall (Auburn) relieved Leiter in the sixth and retired all four men he faced. Derrick Brewer (Radford) fired a scoreless eighth and Abram Williams (Radford) closed out the game by setting down three of the four Pilots he opposed in the ninth. The Amsterdam mound quartet combined for 13 strikeouts and the foursome held Newark without a hit between the fourth and eighth innings.
Josh Alexander topped the Mohawks with two hits. Jude Vidrine (Lamar), Luke Maile, Brad Picha (Paris JC) and Jack Fischer (Wake Forest) each had one hit for the Trinb; Maile walked twice.
Luke Swenson (UCSB) belted two of Newark’s four hits and drove in one run with a second-inning infield single. Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) and Sean Osterman (St. John Fisher) each had one hit and scored one run. Newark starting pitcher Mike Saunders (Saginaw Valley State) suffered the loss. He pitched five innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits. Saunders walked three and struck out seven. Matt Frahm (Lewis) yielded two runs on three hits in three frames of relief and Alex Flores (Ohlone) tossed a scoreless ninth.
Both of Newark’s runs were scored in the second inning against Amsterdam starter Mark Leiter Jr. (NJIT). Randy Villa (San Joaquin Delta) smashed a lead-off double to right-center field for Newark’s first hit. Sean Osterman (St. John Fisher)attempted to sacrifice Villa to third with a bunt. Amsterdam third baseman Matt Mack (Radford) fielded the bunt however his throw to first caromed off of Osterman and rolled away, allowing Villa to score. Michael Bolling (Lewis) drew a one-out walk and Adam Grace (Genesee CC) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Mark Leiter Jr. struck out Jacob Starnes (UT Dallas) for the second out. The next batter, Luke Swenson (UCSB) brought home Osterman with an infield single that struck off of Leiter to put Newark ahead 2-0.
Amsterdam tied the game in the top of third. Zach Shank (Marist) reached base on an error with one out and then was sacrificed to second by Jude Vidrine (Lamar). Luke Maile (Kentucky) drew Amsterdam level with a two-run home run to center field over the 402-foot sign at Colburn Park.
The Mohawks took their first lead of the night in the fifth inning. Andrew Green (ETSU) was hit by a pitch to start the frame and he moved to second on a ground out to the right side by Zach Shank. Green would remain on second until a pair of two-out walks to Luke Maile and Brad Picha loaded the bases. With Matt Mack at the plate, a wild pitch scored Andrew Green from third to give the Mohawks a 3-2 lead.
The Amsterdam edge ballooned to three in the eighth behind two insurance scores. Brad Picha ripped a double off of the wall in center field to lead off the inning. Matt Mack was then hit by a pitch. A passed ball with Josh Alexander (Utah) at the plate advanced the runners to second and third. Alexander, who had failed to get down a sacrifice bunt, blasted a triple into the left-center field gap that plated both Picha and Mark to put Amsterdam ahead 5-2.
R H E
Amsterdam 5 6 2
Newark 2 4 4
Mark Leiter Jr. (W, 1-0), Will Kendall (6), Derrick Brewer (8), Abram Williams (9, S 2) and Luke Maile. Mike Saunders (L, 0-1), Matt Frahm (6), Alex Flores (9) and Adam Grace.
Time – 2:55