AMSTERDAM — For a good chunk of the past decade, Liam Wilson has been searching for opportunities to showcase his abilities on the baseball diamond.
That journey started in his native Ontario, took him all across the United States playing in one travel tournament after another, then landed him in Colorado for a couple of years at a junior college before bringing him to Canisius College in western New York.
The latest stop? A summer with the Amsterdam Mohawks of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, a stint Wilson is making the most of in his attempt to get noticed prior to a final season of college baseball he hopes leads to a career playing professional baseball.
“So,” Wilson said, “that’s why I’m here.”
At 22 years old, Wilson is a couple of years older than most of his teammates on the Mohawks, who lead their league’s East Division at 27-8 and have the best overall winning percentage in the league. In an ideal scenario for Wilson, he’d have found a way onto a roster in the Cape Cod Baseball League — the top summer league for collegiate players — but he sees his spot in Amsterdam as a positive step in his development.
“Mostly,” Wilson said of his decision to play this summer in the PGCBL, “it was about playing for Amsterdam because of the track record of success they’ve had here with good players coming out of here and the winning culture here.”
Wilson’s become a part of that tradition this summer as the Mohawks’ — and arguably the PGCBL’s — top hitter. After a redshirt junior season in which he hit .343 with more than a third of his hits going…
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