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August 1, 2013

Hawkeyes close season with tie

The Daily Star

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The Cooperstown Hawkeyes ended their Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season with a 4-4 tie against the visiting Amsterdam Mohawks as Wednesday’s regular-season finale was called after nine innings because of darkness.

The home of the Hawkeyes, Doubleday Field, has no lights. The game ended at 8:05 p.m. — 3 hours and 5 minutes after it started.

John Sansone completed Amsterdam’s comeback with a leadoff home run to center field off Cooperstown reliever Travis Tarleton in the ninth inning.

The Mohawks (31-16-1) fell into a 4-0 hole after Cooperstown (18-25-1) scored all of its runs in the fourth. Brendan O’Reilly sparked the Hawkeyes’ rally with a double and scored on a single by Nate Lotze to make it 1-0. Lotze later scored on a passed ball and Cameron Day came home on a wild pitch to give Cooperstown a 3-0 lead. The Hawkeyes got their final run on an RBI double from Ryan Donovan.

Amsterdam, which stranded 16 runners, scored single runs in the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth innings to tie it.

Starting pitcher Jack Stover scattered five hits in five scoreless innings for the Hawkeyes, who used five relievers. Amsterdam also went deep into its bullpen, using six relievers.

The East Division champion Mohawks took an 11-game winning streak into Wednesday’s game and went 15-1-1 over their last 17. The Hawkeyes closed their season with a 5-1-1 record over their final seven games but finished last in the PGCBL’s five-team East Division.

Amsterdam, which outhit Cooperstown, 11-7, will host the first game in the best-of-3 East Division Finals on Friday. The Mohawks’ opponent will be determined today as second-place Mohawk Valley (26-19) will host Glens Falls (26-21) or Albany (25-22) in a winner-take-all playoff opener.

Albany lost the first game of a doubleheader at Glens Falls, 9-4, on Wednesday as the Golden Eagles took a one-game lead on the Dutchmen for the third and final playoff spot in the East. The second game of their doubleheader went into extra innings and was not completed by press time.

Watertown clinched the West Division with a 29-19 record. The Rams will host second-place Newark (22-25) or third-place Elmira (21-25) in the first game of the best-of-three West Division Finals on Friday.

Elmira will visit Newark tonight for a one-game playoff to determine which team advances to the West finals.

The East and West playoff winners will play a best-of-three series for the PGCBL championship starting Tuesday.