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The Times
  • PGCBL: Amsterdam's Shepherd shuts down DiamondDawgs

  • JULY 19 PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs were o the positive side of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s first no-hitter last week. A close call at first base kept them off the negative side of the second in Thursday’s 8-0 los...
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  • AMSTERDAM MOHAWKS 8, MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 0
    The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs were o the positive side of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s first no-hitter last week. A close call at first base kept them off the negative side of the second in Thursday’s 8-0 loss to Amsterdam.
    Chris Cruz bunted for the DiamondDawgs’ only hit with one out in the sixth inning. He pushed Chandler Shepherd’s 1-1 pitch to the right side of the mound and the ball rolled toward the first base line. The University of Kentucky right-hander scooped the ball up in fair territory and threw past Cruz to first baseman Josh Nethaway. Nethaway caught the ball as Cruz reached the bag and was called safe by the infield umpire.
    Shepherd had struck Cruz out in two previous at-bats.
    The DiamondDawgs, coming off a one-hit loss in Albany Wednesday, would not get another hit against Shepherd who was perfect into the fifth inning and finished with nine strikeouts and two walks over eight innings.
    “Both of those were really good pitching performances,” Mohawk Valley manager Roberto Vaz said, referring to Matt Snyder’s performance for the Dutchmen, as well. “Shepherd was awesome. He was really good.”
    Shepherd retired the first 13 Mohawk Valley batters at Veterans Memorial Park before Eric Helmrich reached base on a throwing error by third baseman Brian Ruby. Working from the stretch for the first time, Shepherd issued his two walks back-to-back to Eddie Sorondo and Tom Valichka before Joe Carcone lined out to center field to end the inning with the bases loaded.
    “We threatened once with the bases loaded and hit the ball hard,” Vaz said. “(Shepherd) got out of it and didn’t give us any more chances. That’s what the good pitchers do.”
    Shepherd allowed the hit by Cruz and hit Helmrich with a pitch to start the seventh inning before setting down the final six batters he faced.
    Dan Zlotnick pitched the ninth inning for the PGCBL-leading Mohawks who defeated the DiamondDawgs for the second time in three days and the sixth time in seven meetings this season.
    The Mohawks supported Shepherd with five runs in the second inning and three in the seventh. They took advantage of two walks, a fielding error and a wild pitch to take their early 5-0 lead. Josh Nethaway, brother of injured DiamondDawg Luke Nethaway, drove in the first rn of the game with a double to right field for Amsterdam. Two-run singles by Jeff Limbaugh and Ed Charlton were the other hits in the inning. Ruby and Limbaugh each singled in a run in the seventh inning and Demarcus Henderson added a sacrifice fly.
    Limbaugh and Zak Colby each had three hits for the Mohawks who stretched their lead to 7 1/2 games over second-place Mohawk Valley. Jeff Boehm scored two runs.
    Page 2 of 2 - Shepherd also pitched eight scoreless innings against Albany June 18 and combined with Chase Williamson on a two-hit shutout that night. Shepherd (6-0) is the league’s first six-game winner this season and carries a 1.12 ERA and a 45-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio through seven starts and 48 innings.
    The DiamondDawgs play on the road Saturday and Sunday and return home Monday to meet Cooperstown in their final game before the PGCBL All-Star Game Tuesday in Amsterdam.
    AMSTERDAM MOHAWKS 8, MOHAWK VALLEY DIAMONDDAWGS 0
    Amsterdam    050 000 300 — 8 12  1
    Mohawk Valley    000 000 000 — 0   1  1
    Chandler Shepherd, Dan Zlotnick (9) and Zak Colby, Matt MacDowell (9). Evan Davis, Nathan Harrell (5), Taylor Wright (7) and Eddie Sorondo. W — Shepherd 6-0. L — Davis 0-2. 2B — Amsterdam, Josh Nethaway. Attendance — 1,013. Records — Amsterdam 28-8; Mohawk Valley 21-16.
     
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