LOUDONVILLE — A day after the Albany Dutchmen put an end to the Amsterdam Mohawks’ eight-game winning streak, the Mohawks gained a measure of revenge Saturday at Siena Field as Dylan Reynolds’ RBI double in the top of the ninth inning provided the go-ahead run as Amsterdam pulled out a 5-4 win, clinching a berth in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League in the process.
After Albany scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game, the Mohawks took the lead back in the ninth. Eric Rivera reached with a two-out single, and Reynolds followed with a double off Jeremiah Burke to bring around Rivera with the go-ahead run.
Amsterdam reliever Brandon Reitz, who came out of the bullpen to record the last out of the bottom of the eighth, worked around a one-out single by Albany’s Nick Estrella in the bottom of the ninth to finish off the win.
Reynolds, Rivera, John Valente and Anthony Gonnella had two hits apiece for the Mohawks. Rivera had an RBI groundout in the first inning, Chris Hamilton’s bases-loaded walk allowed Gonnella to score in the fourth, Will Holland played Gonnella with an RBI single in the sixth and Jake Mueller hit a solo home run — his third of the season — in the seventh.
Amsterdam starter Thomas Lane didn’t factor in the decision as he was lifted after four innings that saw him allow a run on two hits, striking out two and walking three on 60 pitches. Morgan McSweeney allowed three runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings, giving up the lead in the eighth before Reitz came out of the bullpen with the potential go-ahead run on third base and got Chase Allen to pop out to short to end the inning.
Nick Gallo and Brandt Holland each had two hits for the Dutchmen.
With the win, the Mohawks guaranteed themselves a playoff berth. Amsterdam will visit the Saugerties Stallions tonight at 7 p.m. before Shuttleworth Park hosts the PGCBL All-Star Game on Tuesday.