Adam Shinder/Recorder staff Amsterdam Mohawks outfielder Marcus Carson, right, dives safely back to first base ahead of the tag of Newark Pilots first baseman Austin Clock during Sunday's game at Shuttleworth Park.
Adam Shinder/Recorder staff Amsterdam Mohawks pitcher EJ Ashworth works during the first inning of Sunday's game against the Newark Pilots at Shuttleworth Park.
Adam Shinder/Recorder staff Amsterdam Mohawks first baseman Brendan Tracy steps on the bag to retire Braxton Wilks of the Newark Pilots, left, during Sunday's game at Shuttleworth Park.
EJ Ashworth kept humming right along, and the Amsterdam Mohawks' bats gave him plenty of support Sunday night, pounding out 16 hits to back up Ashworth's five shutout innings in an 11-3 victory over the Newark Pilots at Shuttleworth Park.
Ashworth struck out seven, didn't walk a batter and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, when Wyatt Padgett broke the bid up with a clean one-out single to right. With a nine-run lead, Ashworth was done after five innings, but had enough cushion to win his fourth straight decision while improving his earned run average to 1.16 in 31 innings over five starts.
Six different players had multi-hit games for the Mohawks (14-7), who have won 12 of their last 13 games and sit a game back of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs for first place in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League East Division. Blake Logan went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, while Joe Purritano went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
Josh Gardiner, Joey Aiola, Alex DeBellis and Marcus Carson added two hits apiece for Amsterdam, while Brendan Tracy doubled and knocked in two runs.
The Mohawks teed off of Newark starter Robert Robbins -- who entered the game with a PGCBL-leading 0.43 ERA in his first three starts -- chasing him after pounding out six runs on 11 hits over 3 1/3 innings. Amsterdam plated four runs in the first inning, then knocked out Robbins during a five-run fourth inning that saw DeBellis rip an RBI double, Purritano bring home two runs with a double, Tracy drive in a run on a groundout and Logan pick up his second RBI single on the night.
Gardiner smashed a two-run double to deep right off reliever Steve Collela to cap Amsterdam's scoring in the bottom of the fifth. The Mohawks second baseman improved his league-leading batting average to .446 with his 2-for-2 game.
Newark plated three runs against Amsterdam reliever Andy Ward in the top of the sixth, getting RBIs from Tanner Giesel, Austin Clock and Samm Wiggins, but Mohawks relievers Zach Breen and Daniel Castro didn't allow a hit over the final three innings to prevent the Pilots (11-10) from getting any closer.
After having a 10-game win streak snapped Friday night by Mohawk Valley, Amsterdam got back in the win column Saturday night with a 6-0 road win over the Glens Falls Golden Eagles that saw starter Ryan Clark combine with relievers Thomas Hackimer and Castro on a two-hit shutout.
The Mohawks will now see the Golden Eagles two straight nights in a home-and-home series, traveling to East Field tonight at 7:05 before the two teams meet Tuesday night at 6:35 at Shuttleworth Park.
-- Staff report