Photo courtesy Amsterdam Mohawks/Jon Sargalis
AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – Taylor Martin (Kentucky) pitched six strong innings and the Amsterdam Mohawks scored seven times over their final three at-bats to defeat the Glens Falls Golden Eagles, 7-1, on Tuesday night at Shuttleworth Park in the opening game of the 2012 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series.
With the win, Amsterdam leads the series 1-0 and can clinch its first-ever PGCBL championship on Wednesday night with a victory in Game 2 at Glens Falls. The Golden Eagles need to defeat the Mohawks on Wednesday to force a winner-take-all Game 3 which would be held on Thursday night in Amsterdam.
Taylor Martin, a 41st-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, and Glens Falls starting pitcher Ryan Peterson (Yavapai) traded zeroes through the first five frames. Martin yielded just two hits and struck out seven through the first five while Peterson limited Amsterdam to just one hit and struck out three.
Martin mowed through the Glens Falls batting order between the second and sixth innings. Following a lead-off walk to Chase Griffin (Ga. Southern) in the second, Martin retired 11 of the next 13 Golden Eagles. Griffin was stranded on third to end the second inning and the Golden Eagles were forced to leave two runners on base in the fourth. Martin did not allow a hit until the fifth inning when Anthony Pisani (Southern Maine) smacked a two-out single to left field.
Amsterdam’s Ed Charlton (NJIT) broke the scoreless tie in the sixth inning. He smashed a Ryan Peterson offering over Shuttleworth Park’s “Chain Monster” to give the Mohawks a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, a two-out fielding error allowed Giuseppe Papaccio (Seton Hall) to safely reach base. Papaccio stole stole and then the nationally-ranked Mohawks struck quickly with two-straight runs on back-to-back RBI singles from Zak Colby (Faulkner) and Jeff Limbaugh (Parkland). Colby was nearly retired at home plate however his feet-first slide disrupted Glens Falls catcher Chase Griffin.
Trailing 3-0, Glens Falls had its best chance to get back into the game in the seventh. The Golden Eagles loaded the bases with no outs on a base hit, a walk and an error to knock Amsterdam’s Taylor Martin out of the game. Reliever Chase Williamson (Auburn) induced a ground ball from Anthony Pisani that turned into a fielders’ choice with a runner being forced out at home for the first out of the inning.
Casey Rodrigue (LSU Eunice) got Glens Falls on the scoreboard with a one-out single that forced Brandon Matthews (Yavapai) home from third and kept the bases loaded. However, the Glens Falls rally would end there. Danny Brennan (Saint Louis) hit a hot smash to the left side that was caught by Amsterdam shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio (Seton Hall). Papaccio caught the liner for the second out and then slung a throw to Brian Ruby (Binghamton) to double off the runner at first to kill the Golden Eagles’ rally.
The Mohawks pulled away with four scores in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Glens Falls bullpen. Giuseppe Papaccio (Seton Hall) doubled to start the inning against Ryan Skoubo (Tacoma C.C.) and advanced to third on a wild pitch. A one-out walk to Jeff Limbaugh (Parkland) put Mohawks on the corners and set the stage for a big inning. A wild pitch by Jake Doller (Kansas State) on an attempted squeeze bunt by D.J. Hoagboon (UAlbany) plated Papaccio from third. Hoagboon eventually worked a walk and Brian Ruby (Binghamton) followed with an RBI double that scored Jeff Limbaugh from second. Josh Nethaway (UAlbany) put a wrap on the rally with a two-run single into center field.
Nethaway leads all PGCBL hitters with six RBI in four playoff games. He and Jeff Limbaugh topped the Mohawks with two hits each. Limbaugh finished 2-for-2 with two walks, one RBI and one run scored in four plate appearances. Giuseppe Papaccio scored two of Amsterdam’s seven runs and six Mohawks had at least one hit.
Chase Williamson held the Golden Eagles in check in the eighth and then Connor Kaden (Wake Forest) retired the side in order in the ninth to give Amsterdam the home victory.
Taylor Martin finished his night with a game high nine strikeouts. He allowed one run on three hits and walked three. Martin, who threw over 100 pitches, also twirled a three-hitter in his final regular season start, a 1-0 victory over the Albany Dutchmen at Shuttleworth Park.
Ryan Peterson suffered the loss for Glens Falls. He allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits, walked one and struck out three.
NOTES: Amsterdam has won Game 1 of the PGCBL Championship Series in each of the last two seasons. Amsterdam defeated Newark, 5-2, at Colburn Park in Game 1 of the league finals in 2011…The Mohawks, under Keith Griffin, improved to 16-2 all-time in the playoffs…Overall this season, Amsterdam has won a franchise record 38 games…The Mohawks are 20-7 at Shuttleworth Park in 2012…In the playoffs, Amsterdam starting pitchers have allowed just 13 hits in four games…For Glens Falls, the loss ended a six-game winning streak that dated back to the regular season.
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Glens Falls 1 4 2
Amsterdam 7 8 1
Ryan Peterson (L, 0-1), Ryan Skoubo (7), Jake Doller (8) and Chase Griffin.
Taylor Martin (W, 1-0), Chase Williamson (7), Connor Kaden (9) and Matt MacDowell.
Time – 2:45
Attendance – 979
PGCBL Championship Series, Game 1