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  • PGCBL: Amsterdam's Griffin named top manager

  • AUGUST 14 PERFECT GAME COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE



    Keith Griffin of the champion Amsterdam Mohawks has been selected as the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s Coach of the Year for 2012.



    Griffin guided the Mohawks to a franchise-record 39 victories, including four in five postseason games, and their third league championship in four years.

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  • Keith Griffin of the champion Amsterdam Mohawks has been selected as the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s Coach of the Year for 2012.
    Griffin guided the Mohawks to a franchise-record 39 victories, including four in five postseason games, and their third league championship in four years. Between the regular season and playoffs, Amsterdam went 39-13, setting PGCBL regular-season marks for wins (35) and winning percentage (.745). Amsterdam moved into a three-way tie for first place with the Newark Pilots, the 2011 champions, and the Albany Dutchmen on June 13, just one week into the season and remained there until the end, finishing eight games ahead of second-place Glens Falls.
    Griffin’s Mohawks won New York Collegiate Baseball League championships in 2009 and 2010 before losing the inaugural PGCBL championship series to Newark last summer.
    Nationally, the Mohawks held a spot in Perfect Game’s Summer Top 30 poll for nine consecutive weeks and moved up to second in the latest edition.
    Included among the Mohawks’ 39 wins were 10 in 12 regular-season games against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs and two more in a playoff semifinal series that went the full three games. Along the way, Amsterdam had winning streak of 10 and nine games back-to-back, a stretch that saw the team win 19 of 20 games from June 9 to July 2. The Mohawks never lost more than two games in a row during the regular season but did have a three game stretch that included the last two games of the regular season and their playoff opener against Mohawk Valley. They ended the year by winning their final four playoff games.
    Amsterdam’s pitching staff was the best in the PGCBL, leading the league in earned run average (3.34), wins (35), shutouts (five), innings pitched (428 1/3), fewest hits allowed (347), fewest runs allowed (194), fewest earned runs allowed (159), strikeouts (420) and opponent batting average (.223).
    Griffin added a win in the league’s all-star game when he managed Team Griffin with 11 hometown Mohawks to a 4-0 win at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park.
    A Pensacola, Fla., resident, Griffin completed his fourth season with the Mohawks. During that time, Amsterdam has compiled 141 victories — 122 during the regular season and 19 in the playoffs — with three 30-win regular seasons and three league championships.
    Griffin was a collegiate head coach at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in Florida and Jefferson Davis Community College in Alabama.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports
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