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Summer family bargain awaits in Amsterdam

There are few places in the Capital Region where you can take the family for a night of entertainment and probably spend $25 or less. For one such opportunity, make a short drive to nearby Amsterdam and take in a Mohawks baseball game at beautiful, historic Shuttleworth Park.

A family night under the lights in Amsterdam gets you close to the action.
David Balog

Members of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, the Mohawks provide valuable, high-level experience for college players. Teams are located across New York, from Albany to Glens Falls, Elmira to the Finger Lakes.

Formerly the Schenectady Mohawks, the Amsterdam team has won a string of league titles in recent years. The rosters consist of college players getting experience using a wood bad on the way to possible professional careers. More than 30 graduates of the Mohawks now play professional ball, including Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants.

A night at Shuttleworth Park offers old time baseball: seats right close to the field, inning-by-inning contests, affordable hot dogs and drinks, a welcome from Mojo, the mascot, friendly vendors, on-the-field games for the kids, and lively music.

The short season (running from early June through late July) ends this week. However, because they sport a league-leading record, the Mohawks are sure to qualify for a playoff bid and extend the season into August.

Collegiate baseball leagues exist all over the country and the Perfect Game league has been ranked highly in quality of players participating. The most prestigious league of this type, the Cape Cod league, has be the testing ground for many major league baseball players.

Prices for single games at Shuttleworth Park run as listed:

  • Reserved Box Seats $5
  • Gen. Adm. Adults $4
  • Gen Adm. Ages 5-18, Seniors, Military $2
  • Under 5 Free
  • Free parking

Get in a family outing before back-to-school activities begin. Check the schedule and take in an Amsterdam Mohawks game before the season ends!

Dave Balog teach financial basics and bargains for families. dbalog99@gmail.com. 952-1257.