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Eleven Mohawks earn all-PGCBL recognition

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - Updated: 4:08 AM

Staff report

The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League champion Amsterdam Mohawks had 11 players honored Monday when the PGCBL released its 2013 All-League Team.

Amsterdam placed six players on the first team -- led by 2013 PGCBL Player of the Year John Nogowski -- and five players on the second team. Nogowski, second baseman Josh Gardiner, designated hitter Dylan Smith and pitchers Matt Snyder, Rich Vrana and Mike Urbanski were first-team picks, while third baseman Brian Ruby, shortstop John Sansone, pitcher Chris Kalica and outfielders Ed Charlton and Kyle Barrett were named to the second team.

Nogowski, a first baseman from Florida State University, finished third in the league with a .365 batting average and tied the league record with a .497 on-base percentage.

Snyder, who will take the mound for Temple University in 2014, went 5-0 with a 1.35 ERA during the regular season and won both of his postseason starts.

Urbanski, who pitches for Binghamton, settled into the Mohawks' closer role in late June and became the PGCBL's most dominant reliever, posting a 5-2 record and four saves to go along with a 2.67 ERA with 40 strikeouts and just six walks in 30 1-3 innings. Urbanski, who set a league record by retiring 27 consecutive batters during one stretch this summer, was also named the PGCBL's top pro prospect by Perfect Game USA.

Smith, a slugger from Auburn University, hit .323 with six home runs and 34 RBIs. He set a PGCBL single-game record with eight RBIs in a July 30 game against the Adirondack Trail Blazers.

Gardiner, a rising junior from Radford University, finished third among Mohawks regulars with a .327 batting average to go along with four homers and 33 RBIs.

Vrana, in 13 appearances (four starts), posted a team-best 6-0 record with a 1.41 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 32 innings.

Among the second-team picks, Kalica -- headed to St. John's University in the fall -- appeared in a team-high 21 games on the mound and finished with a 3-0 record and a 1.34 ERA over 33 2-3 innings; Barrett, coming off his freshman season at Kentucky, hit .343 and led the team with 18 stolen bases; Charlton hit .300 with six homers and 33 RBIs; Ruby, another two-year Mohawk from Binghamton, hit .325; and, Sansone, another Florida State product, hit .288 and drove in 23 runs.

     

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