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New York Baseball League: Mohawks Chop Past the League with Brooks & Williams, & Mejia a Galactic Golden Eagle

 

 

The New York Baseball League champs of ’09 were the Amsterdam Mohawks. This year, Amsterdam is leading the East Division by 2 and a half games with a record of 16-7. They have the 2nd best team batting average, and the 1 st ranked team pitching. These types of facts are not simply a coincidental attribute of a team that is expected to win. Being the best at something takes work and sweat that is exerted on the strength of players putting in their best effort. Amsterdam is featuring a 6’3 first baseman named Jason Brooks who is putting on a great show this summer. After 59 at bats, Brooks is hitting .390 with 2 homeruns, and 15 RBI’s. His slugging percentage is relatively high at .593 and it goes very well with a .471 on base percentage. In a recent 20-3 smack down of the Cooperstown Hawkeyes, Brooks went 3 for 3 with 3 runs and 2 RBI’s. To continue down the path of serious hitting, in Amsterdam’s following game Brooks went 2 for 5. This is indicative of the type of hitting Brooks can accomplish. With his size, people are expecting more power from Brooks.

This past spring at Ivy Leagues Dartmouth, Brooks put his junior year in order with a .355 batting average, 7 homeruns, and team leading 48 RBI’s in 155 at bats. Brooks helped slug (.606) Dartmouth into the NCAA Regional where he ultimately took part in knocking FIU into next year and out of the tournament. He went 2 for 5 with 6 RBI’s. In the 6th inning with the score tied, Brooks stepped up and showcased some power with a grand slam and thus winning Dartmouth’s only game of the Tournament. Amsterdam’s pitching is also becoming known across the league. Abram Williams, a 5’11 right hander is saving more games than a superhero with a cape and tights.

This summer Williams has flown into the rescue 10 times and has not disappointed a soul once. Yes, Williams leads the league with 7 saves, but the most powerful attribute of his performance up to this point is sheer dominance. In 14.1 innings, Williams has not allowed a single run. Only 5 batters can stick a claim on a hit, only 2 batters saved face with a walk, while 20 of them shamefully strolled back to the dugout after a strikeout. Opposing hitters are only batting .102 against him, and as a sophomore with so much more baseball in his practically new tank, Radford University is most likely taking notice. This past spring, Williams spent the season with Radford, and even though his ERA was not very inspiring (4.03), opposing hitters did get their licks in with a .252 batting average against him. Williams held strong in his 44.2 innings by striking out 42. In the Big South Tournament, Williams showed even more value with a pressure packed showing against High Point where he pitched 2.2, scattered 2 weak hits, without allowing a run or a walk. He struck out 2 and exhibited the poise of a magnificent relief pitcher.

 

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The Glenn Falls Golden Eagles play in beautiful East Field Stadium, and despite being pushed down into 4th place in the East Division, they are battling with vigor to keep pace. Leading that march for the Golden Eagles is third baseman Vincent Mejia. After 79 at bats, Mejia is hitting .380, he leads the league with 9 doubles, and he has 3 homeruns with 21 RBI’s. Mejia also leads the league in slugging (.608) and on base percentage (.505). Of course, plate discipline, bat speed, and pitch recognition have to be the most valued aspects of hitter. Mejia seems to have both because he leads the league with 19 walks. An all round exciting hitter, Mejia spent the spring with Texas Pan American University. It’s like watching the transformation of a man into something unstoppable. As a sophomore, Mejia didn’t miss a chance to hit as he led his team with 208 at bats. That consistency enabled him to hit .380, leading his team in categories like runs scored (64), homeruns (8), RBI’s (51), and once again in walks (44). Against Chicago State in one of the last regular season series before the tournament, Mejia turned in a 4 for 4 game where he scored 5 runs, and drove in 2, and a 3 for 4 showing with another 2 RBI’s. Then it was time for the Great West Conference championships.

With the pressure more intense than in the thermosphere, Mejia exploded, going 2 for 4, and driving in 2 runs on a homerun blast into the exosphere against NYIT. Against NJIT, Mejia continued his climb into the cosmos with a 3 for 4 game in which he collected 2 more RBI’s. Time passes fast in such a long season, things happen in the outside world that is only a distant sound when your particular world is lost from diamond to diamond. Within the diamonds, the stars emit their dust particles splashing off of leather baseballs being thrown, caught, and smacked into high heaven.

 

 

 

By Adrian Nevarez
DFN Sports Staff Writer

 

 


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