Mohawks sweep Brewers on Fireworks Night

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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. - It took five and a half hours and 17 innings, but the Amsterdam Mohawks earned a doubleheader sweep of the Utica Brewers in a non-traditional doubleheader on Friday at Shuttleworth Park. On the day, Utica scored only one run and had only seven hits against Mohawks pitching. Amsterdam won the completion of a suspended from June 6 by a score of 8-3. In the regularly-scheduled game between the Brewers and Mohawks, Amsterdam starter Rich Vrana (Marist) and two relievers only allowed three hits en route to a 5-0 win in front of a Fireworks Night crowd of 1,487.

Amsterdam 5 Utica 0

Rich Vrana, a native of Lindenhurst, N.Y., started out game two of the non-traditional twin bill by retiring all nine Utica batters through the first three innings. He pitched six shutout innings, striking out six and allowing only two hits to improve to 6-0.

Amsterdam jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Ed Charlton (NJIT) dinged a one-out double and moved to third on a Utica throwing error in an attempted force out at second. Dylan Smith (Auburn) continued Amsterdam's two-out push by drawing a walk and stealing second. Josh Gardiner (Radford) plated both Smith and Charlton with a two-out, two-run single.

The Mohawks added to their lead in the sixth on a Shane Zimmer RBI single to left and then tacked on two more runs in the seventh. Kevin Guthrie (Brown) led off with a single to right and advanced to second when the ball got past Utica's right fielder. Ed Charlton smashed a deep drive into left-center field which scored Guthrie and resulted in a stand-up triple. Charlton then came home on a John Nogowski (Florida State) ground out to first base.

The Mohawks' bullpen combination of Zach Quayle (Ave Maria) and Chris Kalica (St. John's) shut down the Brewers through the final three frames. Quayle went two innings allowing one hit and striking out one. Kalica pitched a shut-out ninth striking out one and walking one.

Ed Charlton (NJIT) finished off game two continuing his hot hitting over the last few days. Charlton went 3-for-4 including a double, a triple, a RBI and a stolen base. He also came around to score twice.  Dylan Smith (Auburn) went 0-for-2 but walked twice and scored both times. Josh Gardiner (Radford) also had a good game going 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a walk.

Matt Hendricks (Rollins) started on the mound for the Brewers and lasted five innings. He struck out three, but gave up two walks and two earned runs on six hits. Michael Pierson (Appalachian St) had two of Utica's three hits in the game after going without a hit in the completion of the contest from June 6. 

The Amsterdam Mohawks travel to Glens Falls Saturday for another doubleheader. The first game against the Golden Eagles is scheduled to start at 5:05 PM.

The Utica Brewers, after back-to-back doubleheaders, travel back home to take on the first place Watertown Rams at 7:05.

Amsterdam 8 Utica 3

The Amsterdam Mohawks started Friday in an awkward spot, down 2-0 without a pitch being thrown at Shuttleworth Park. The game between the Utica Brewers and the Mohawks was a continuation of a game that started way back on June 6. The game was initially suspended due to rain after the first inning with Utica leading, 2-0. Amsterdam came back with a huge five-run fifth inning to take the game, 8-3.

For Amsterdam, Devin Wenzel (Cincinnati) powered the five-run rally in the fifth with a bases-clearing double. He finished the completed game 2-for-4 with those three RBIs. Jeremy Soule (Fairfield) started the second inning on the mound, in a relief role, and pitched three shutout innings, allowing only one hit while striking out two and walking none. Zach Breen (Schenectady County C.C.), Christian Bartholomew (Wake Forest) and Alex Gagne (Maine) combined to hold Utica to just one run on three hits over the final five innings. 

Amsterdam struck first in the continuation in the bottom of the second inning and cut Utica's 2-0 lead in half. Brian Ruby (Binghamton) doubled and came around to score on a Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) sacrifice fly.

Amsterdam's five-run fifth began with four consecutive walks; the fourth of which to Ed Charlton (NJIT) forced home the game-tying run. The next batter, Devin Wenzel, hit a hard ground ball to third base. Utica's Matt Hendricks (Rollins) couldn't handle the ball and knocked it to the fence in foul territory; three runs scored on the play to give Amsterdam a 5-2 advantage.

Utica's Jay Gonzalez (Auburn) slugged a solo home run in the sixth but that would be Utica's lone tally in the completion of the suspended game.  Amsterdam pulled away with two runs in the sixth on two hits. John Nogowski (Florida State) scored on a throwing error and Ed Charlton doubled home Josh Gardiner (Radford) to record his second RBI of the game.

For Utica, Matt D'Angelo (Rockhurst) retired all seven batters he faced in 2.1 innings of relief. Jay Gonzalez finished 2-for-3 with a home run and Joe Gallub (Concordia, N.Y.) was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Gallub's two-run single on June 6 gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

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