AMSTERDAM — John Sansone hit a two-run home run in the third inning, and the Amsterdam Mohawks took the early lead Sunday and beat the Albany Dutchmen, 9-4, at Shuttleworth Park to advance to the championship series of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
The Mohawks begin their fifth league championship series in as many years when they host the Elmira Pioneers on Tuesday.
Amsterdam won three of its four games with Elmira this season.
Sansone’s home run put the Mohawks ahead, 5-4, in the third game of their best-of-three Eastern Division final.
Dylan Smith and Ed Charlton knocked in runs as the Mohawks took a 2-1 lead after one inning, and Jordan Ebert made it 3-1 with an RBI single in the home second.
Albany’s Matt Dacey gave the Dutchmen a 4-3 lead in the third with a three-run home run off Amsterdam starting pitcher Trey Wingenter, but that was the last of the scoring for the Dutchmen.
Amsterdam tacked on four runs in the seventh inning, with Albany committing four errors in the inning.
Albany 103 000 000 — 4 10 7
Amsterdam 213 000 40x — 9 8 0
ALBANY — Tournament Most Valuable Player Kyle Baldani doubled in a run in a four-run first inning, and later singled in another run to lead the Albany Athletics to a 16-4 rout of Albany Twilight League rival Blue Slate Bluehawks in the championship game of the AABC Stan Musial North Atlantic Regional.
The Athletics will play in the AABC World Series for the second straight year.
The A’s built an 8-1 lead, but Blue Slate cut the deficit to 8-4 in the fifth when Kyle Meyer belted a two-run single with one out. But Albany lefty JJ Pearsall relieved starter Shawn Ryan with two runners on, and got the final two outs to end the threat.
In the bottom of the fifth, the A’s responded with four runs, highlighted by Kevin Quaranto’s two-run single and Derick Horn’s run-scoring hit. Horn also had a two-run single in the sixth.
Horn finished the game with three hits and three RBI, and Quaranto drove in three runs with a double and a single.
Blue Slate 010 030 0 — 4 10 1
Albany A’s 403 144 x — 16 18 1
Coleman, Graham (3), Nowak (5),
DeCelle (6) and Stanton; Ryan, Pearsall (5) and Quaranto, Mastroianni (6).