Amateur baseball: Athletics advance to Twilight League finals
ALBANY — Left-hander Chris Salamida tossed a three-hit shutout to help the Albany Athletics blank the Albany Senators, 6-0, and complete a two-game sweep in their best-of-three Albany Twilight League semifinal series Monday at Bleecker Stadium’s Edsall E. Walker Field.
Salamida struck out six and was backed by Dan Barbero and Drew Cody, who each ripped two-run singles in a four-run first inning. Derick Horn added two singles for the Athletics (34-16) , who clinched a berth in their eighth straight
Albany Twilight League championship series.
Cody Vincent singled twice for the 12-14 Senators.
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Salamida and Mastroianni; Moore, Conroy (2) and Marshall.
MOHAWKS IN FIRST
AMSTERDAM —The Amsterdam Mohawks spotted the visiting Albany Dutchmen an early 7-0 advantage even before they took their first swings of the night.
After that, it was all Mohawks, as they overcame the early hole on their way to a 13-9 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League victory at Shuttleworth Park.
It was Amsterdam’s fourth straight win and the Mohawks’ eighth triumph in their last nine games. Combined with a GlensFalls loss to Mohawk Valley, the win pushes the Mohawks into first place in the PGCBL’s East Division for the first time this season.
Amsterdam (24-16) now leads both Glens Falls and Mohawk Valley by a half-game with only eight games remaining. Albany (22-17) is only 11⁄2 games out of first and only one game back of the third-place spot, which is the cutoff for a postseason position.
Josh Gardiner (Radford) again led the Mohawks by blasting a three-run homer in the fourth inning that tied the game at 9-9 as part of a 4-for-4 game which also included a double and four RBI total. He also had two stolen bases and three runs scored.
Gardiner has eight hits in his last eight at-bats going back to the double-header nightcap on Saturday.
Ed Charlton (NJIT) had the game-winning RBI in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly that pushed Amsterdam out in front, 10-9. Kyle Barrett (Kentucky) was 3-for-5 including a pair of infield singles with two RBI and a stolen base.
Brian Ruhm (UC Davis) was 2-for-4 with a two-run single that came in the Dutchmen’s seven-run rally in the first inning, and Derrick Armstrong (Mississippi State) socked his second home run of the season in the fourth inning.
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WP— Zach Quayle. LP—Derrick Murphy.
COLONIE — Mike Spulnick plated two runs with a double, single and sacrifice fly to propel Clifton Park to a 9-0 shutout of Kingston in the Eastern New York 14U New York State Babe Ruth Tournament at North Colonie field.
Matt Straney contributed three singles and an RBI, Ben Anderson drove in a run with a double and a sacrifice fly, and Spulnick and Kurt Forsell combined on a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts for Clifton Park, which advances to the championship game tonight at 7.
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Ott and Albertson; Spulnick, Forsell (4) and B. Anderson.