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    Down seven runs after 4 1/2 innings, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs showed signs of life in the second half of Tuesday’s game but eventually dropped an 8-4 decision to Amsterdam’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League-leading Mohawks.

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    Down seven runs after 4 1/2 innings, the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs showed signs of life in the second half of Tuesday’s game but eventually dropped an 8-4 decision to Amsterdam’s Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League-leading Mohawks.
    Amsterdam starter Rocky McCord retired 15 consecutive DiamondDawgs after David Del Grade led off with a double in the first inning. He carried a 7-0 lead and a one-hitter into the sixth inning when the DiamondDawgs’ bats awoke.
    Tyler Hall coaxed a walk from McCord to start the inning and Tom Valichka, the No. 9 batter for Mohawk Valley, drove him home with a double. Del Grande’s fly ball to left field was dropped for a two-base error by 2011 DiamondDawg D.J. Hoagboon. McCord struck Hassan Evans out and Valichka tagged up and scored when Chris Cruz flew out for the second out of the inning; the throw back to the infield missed its intended target and Del Grande followed Valichka home on the play.
    The sixth inning continued with McCord hitting Eric Helmrich. Jack Morrow then tripled over the head of Jeff Boehm to bring home another run.
    Only one of the four runs charged to McCord was earned. The Auburn University right-hander struck out six batters and walked one while allowing three hits over six innings. Left-handers Scott Heath and Chase Williamson finished the game for the Mohawks.
    The DiamondDawgs got the tying run to the plate twice against Heath. Luke Nethaway led off the seventh inning with a double and former Fonda-Fultonville High School and Herkimer County Community College teammate Hall bunted for a hit. Heath threw three balls to Valichka and worked back to a full count before picking Hall off for the first out of the inning; Valichka walked on the next pitch. The walk once again put the tying run in the batter’s box and Del Grande grounded into an inning-ending double play.
    Heath set the side down in order in the eighth inning and Williamson struck out the side in the ninth.
    Evan Wolf faced the minimum of eight batters through 2 2/3 innings in his Mohawk Valley mound debut before Evan Stephens homered over the center field fence with two outs in the third inning. Boehm drove in a run in the fourth with a two-out double for the Mohawks.
    Wolf, a right-hander from the University of California-Davis, ran into trouble in the fifth. He hit Demarcus Henderson leading off before Stephens bunted for a hit. A wild pitches moved the runners up a base before Wolf got a called third strike on his 3-2 pitch to leadoff hitter Ed Charlton. Wolf then walked Giuseppe Papaccio on four pitches to load the bases and bounced his first pitch to Nathan Gomez, prompting manager Roberto Vaz to summon Raymond Morton from the bullpen.
    Page 2 of 2 - Morton’s first two pitches were strikes before Gomez hit a chopper to third base. Jesse Buratt’s throw across the diamond sailed over Morrow at first base and went out of play as two runs scored. The DiamondDawgs moved their infield in with Josh Nethaway, Luke’s brother, batting and the elder Nethaway hit a ground ball to Valichka at shortstop. Valichka’s throw was low and glanced off Morrow’s glove for another error as two more Amsterdam runs scored. Chase Green added a bloop single to drive in the fifth run of the inning.
    Green had another run-scoring single in the ninth inning. Green, who was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Wolf in the fourth inning, was one of three Mohawks with two hits; Boehm and Stephens were the others.
    Green and Henderson were among the three Mohawks Wolf hit in the game. The DiamondDawgs hit four batters in all, giving them 13 in their last three games.
    The DiamondDawgs are back in action at Veterans Memorial Park Thursday when they host the Elmira Pioneers for their annual Pink Game. Mohawk Valley players will wear pink jerseys for their Striking Out Breast Cancer event and Little Falls Hospital will have its mobile mammography unit on hand to offer free screenings.
    Amsterdam    001 150 001 — 8  9  2
    Mohawk Valley    000 004 000 — 4  5  2
    Rocky McCord, Scott Heath (7), Chase Williamson (9) and Zak Colby. Evan Wolf, Raymond Morton (5), Taylor Wright (9) and Luke Nethaway. W — McCord 1-0. L — Wolf 0-1. 2B — Amsterdam, Nathan Gomez, Jeff Boehm; Mohawk Valley, David Del Grande, L.Nethaway, Tom Valichka. 3B — Mohawk Valley, Jack Morrow. HR — Amsterdam, Evan Stephens. Attendance — 221. Records — Amsterdam 8-2; Mohawk Valley 3-7.

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