WATERTOWN -- Josh Gardiner and the Amsterdam Mohawks continued their strong play Monday, as the Mohawks topped the Watertown Rams, 6-4.
With the win, the Mohawks head into the PGCBL All-Star Game break with a 24-8 record, leaving head coach Keith Griffin's squad five games ahead of second-place Mohawk Valley.
Gardiner -- hitting a league-best .434 as he heads to Elmira for the All-Star Game -- was 3-for-4 and drove in three runs Monday evening. Gardiner had a two-RBI triple in the third inning, and later added another RBI.
The game was tied at 2 after five innings, and the Mohawks began to break the game into their favor in the sixth. Thomas Kain had an RBI single that inning, and Amsterdam added three unearned runs in the seventh.
Daniel Castro picked up the win for the Mohawks, recording two scoreless outs in relief. Zack Brown started for Amsterdam and allowed two earned runs in 4 2-3 innings of work. Zach Breen, Kevin Guthrie, Thomas Hackimer and John McCarren followed Castro to throw the final 3 2-3 innings, with Breen striking out three in one innings and Guthrie striking out two in his frame.
Besides Gardiner's offense, the Mohawks received hits from Joe Purritano, John Razzino, Kain, Brendan Tracy and Jack Czeszewski.
-- Staff report