BOONVILLE -- Devin Wenzel and Dylan Smith each belted home runs, and the Amsterdam Mohawks erupted for a six-run sixth inning that helped put away a 14-3 victory over the Adirondack Trail Blazers Sunday afternoon that helped move the Mohawks into sole possession of second place in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League East Division.
Smith, Wenzel and Josh Gardiner drove in three runs apiece for the Mohawks, who pounded out 18 hits en route to victory. Rich Vrana earned the win on the mound, holding Adirondack to a run on three hits over five innings.
Eight Amsterdam players -- Wenzel, Smith, Gardiner, Kyle Barrett, Jordan Ebert, John Nogowski, Brian Ruby and Keith Skinner -- had multiple hits.
With the win, Amsterdam (23-16) sits just a half-game behind division-leading Glens Falls. Mohawk Valley and Albany sit a half-game back of Amsterdamtied for the third and final playoff spot in the East Division.
Post 701 in prime position in districts
The Amsterdam Post 701 baseball team is in the driver's seat in the American Legion District 5 Junior Tournament.
On Saturday, Post 701 beat the Whitestown Post 1113, 14-13. Sunday, Post 701 beat the New Hartford Post 1376, 10-3.
Today, Post 701 will play the winner from the loser's bracket, either New Hartford Post 1376 or the William Russell Post 404, at 3 p.m., at the SUNY IT field in Utica. Post 701 only needs to win the first game to clinch the title, while the opposing team needs to defeat Post 701 twice to win the title.
The winner of the District Tournament will go on to play in the American Legion State Tournament, starting Saturday in Utica.
Emanuele, Leggiero 5th at Bocce event
Local players Joe Emanuele and Jim Leggiero competed in this weekend's World Series of Bocce in Rome, and came in fifth place out of 87 teams.
The Amsterdam duo played with Larry Giardino and Walt Semenak, both from Rome. The foursome went 6-2 in the weekend's action.
Dolly Day held at Amsterdam Muni
The foursome of Mike Demars, Doug Teresco Jr., Jeff Hazzard and Jeff Urbanczyk shot a round of 59 to lead the annual Dolly Day tournament Friday at the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.
The winning team was four shots better than the foursome of Costa Lazarou, Chris Sherlock, Rob Sherlock and Bob Sherlock. Matt Hayden, Eric Papura, Brian DeGroff and Chris Smith were another two shots back at 65.
The net division was won with a score of 53.3 from Mike Bintz, Mike Romano, Mike Welton and Alan Krege. The foursome of Jeff Lazarou, Nick Seren, Mike Przybylowicz and John Sheckton was third, with Jim Thompson, Linda Thompson, Nancy Runyon and Dave Runyon teaming to win fourth.
Closest-to-the-pin competitions were won by Chris Sherlock and Papura, Przybylowicz and Janet Mikovich won the longest drive contests and Pat Beck captured the closest-to-the-line contest.
In scoring highlights, Jim Geiger notched an eagle on the 12th hole.