Conclusion of the Amsterdam Mohawks’ historically dominant 2022 PGCBL season
The statistically best season in Amsterdam Mohawks history ended in perfect fashion, with Amsterdam regaining their Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League champion status.
The Mohawks won their sixth PGCBL title since the league’s inception in 2011 — and their eighth title since head coach Keith Griffin took over in 2009 — on Wednesday night by defeating the Batavia Muckdogs in the Championship Series at best of three in the league.
Hoisting the trophy capped off a season for the ages. The Mohawks celebrated 20 years in Amsterdam with a spectacular campaign that saw the team set a franchise and league record for best regular-season winning percentage at .859.
By the time the Mohawks started celebrating in Batavia, they had played 51 games over the summer. The result? Forty-three wins, seven losses, one draw.
Here are five things to know about Amsterdam’s historic league season.
THE STRING OF VICTORIES
In the past few years, if Griffin Mohawks teams had slow to average starts to the season, the head coach tended to point out that it often took 15, maybe 20 games for collegiate hitters to really get going. adapt to the use of aluminum sticks during their schooling. season to swing a wooden bat in the summer.
Those slow starts haven’t plagued the Mohawks for some time, and this year the club put its stamp on the PGCBL early on. Amsterdam started the season 8-0, rose to the top of the Eastern Division and never looked back.
That set the tone for a dominating run through June that saw the Mohawks collect nine wins by 10 or more points in the opening month of the season, finishing June with a ridiculous 21-4.
THE WINNING STRING (EVEN LONGER)
If early June was historically good for the Mohawks, early July was even better. Coming off a 5-2 loss to Oneonta on June 29, Amsterdam notched a franchise-record 14-game winning streak that spanned the last game of June and the first 13 games of July.
While explosive offense powered Amsterdam early in the season, throwing led the second winning streak, limiting opponents to three points or less on 10 occasions during the streak.
The Mohawks have not lost a straight game at any point in the regular season. The only “difficult streak” came July 19-25, when they went 1-2-1 on a four-game streak well after clinching the East Division title.
From then on, Amsterdam won its last four regular season games and then went 4-1 in the playoffs to claim the title.
So, how statistically good were the Mohawks in 2022?
Here is just a collection of statistical categories in which they have led the league in this summer.
Offensively, Amsterdam was the best team in the PGCBL in batting average (.305), on-base percentage (.419), slugging percentage (.424), hits (463), runs (355), RBIs (300) , doubles (90) and circuits (27).
On the mound, the Mohawks led the league in earned runs average (2.33), runs allowed (122), strikeouts (490), opposing batting average (.196), opposing slugging percentage (.260 ), WHIP (1.24) and shutouts.
Oh, and they were also the best defensive team in the league, with the PGCBL’s best fielding percentage of .973 and 41 errors, the lowest in the league.
Among individual offensive stars, Gage Miller was second in batting average at .400 and led the league with 15 doubles. Seven different players had at least 20 RBIs, the same number of players who hit better than .300 for the season.
Of the pitching staff, Amsterdam has used 20 different pitchers, 14 of whom finished the season with an ERA below 3.00 – including nine pitchers with ERAs below 2.00. Aidan Kidd and Cade Citelli, the team’s top two starters, both had sub-1.00 ERAs and combined for 91 strikeouts in 62 1-3 innings. Luis Misla racked up a team-high 53 strikeouts in just 26 1-3 innings, tied for fifth in the league in strikeouts despite working exclusively out of the bullpen .
In 2021, the Mohawks were almost as dominant in the regular season as they were this summer, posting a 31-10 record, but were beaten by the team that finished behind them in the East Division, the Saugerties. Stallions, in the league championship series. .
This year, the Mohawks returned the favor by completely dominating their southeast rivals. Amsterdam went undefeated against Saugerties this season, going 8-0-1 against the Stallions in the regular season and then knocking them out of the playoffs in the Eastern Division Finals.
GOTTAM GOT ‘EM
Santhosh Gottam was a relief ace for the Mohawks during the regular season, going 2-0 with two saves in 28 2-3 innings in 15 appearances. But only one of those appearances — a four-inning stint in a double against the Auburn Doubledays — has started.
Gottam’s second start came in the most important game of the season and earned him Championship Series Most Valuable Player honors. The right-hander started the deciding Game 3 against Batavia and held the Muckdogs to a run on three hits over seven innings to lead the way to victory for Amsterdam.
Gottam wasn’t the only Mohawk to make the playoffs. Zach Gardiner was a star throughout the regular season, hitting .343 and scoring a team-best 37 points, but he found his big shot in the playoffs. After hitting just one home run during the regular season, Gardiner went deep twice in the championship series against Batavia.