Mohawks score trio of wins through leniency rule over weekend

The Amsterdam Mohawks needed to go just 17 innings to claim a trio of wins over the weekend, winning three times via the mercy rule. Amsterdam won 17-3 Saturday at Shuttleworth Park in seven innings against Boonville Baseball Club, then swept a double on Sunday against the Glens Falls Dragons by scores of 13-1 and 13-0, both games being halted after five innings .

Dominant weekend improved Amsterdam’s record to 19-3 in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season. Nine of those wins were cut short by the leniency rule, and Amsterdam outscored their opponents 66-4 in their five-game winning streak.

In Saturday’s 17-3 win over Boonville, it was a nine-run first inning that set the tone for the Mohawks. Amsterdam’s first seven batters reached safely, Gage Miller’s grand slam punctuated the push, and he finished with five RBIs. Zach Gardiner also homered and he, Mark Black and Frankie Marinelli drove in two runs apiece on a night where eight different Mohawks had multi-hit games as Amsterdam had 18 hits as a team. Conner Whitaker allowed two hits in four innings and took the win.

The Mohawks hit a nine-run inning again in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader, scoring nine runs in the top of the fifth to trigger the leniency rule. Cade Bush went 3-for-3 with a brace to lead Amsterdam’s attack, while Cameron Love, Michael O’Shaugnessy and Brett Coker each had two runs. Cole Cheatham allowed just one hit – a solo homer from Will Minett of Glens Falls – and struck out eight in five full innings.

The nightcap again saw the Mohawks trigger the clemency rule with a huge inning, tackling 11 runs in the fifth. Coker went 3 for 4 with a double and three scored and Bush, Marinelli and Jacob Hand each hit in a pair of runs. Pitchers Holden Phelps and Luis Misla combined on a one-hit shutout, with Phelps striking out six in four innings before Misla hit the team in a scoreless fifth.

The Mohawks will be back in action Monday night at 6:35 p.m. on the road against the Albany Dutchmen.

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