GLOVERSVILLE -The Broadalbin-Perth softball team will look at Friday's game as a big win, while Gloversville will see it as one that got away.
The Lady Patriots made the most of Gloversville errors to rally for an 11-7 nine-inning victory Friday night at the Gloversville Middle School.
"It was the sloppiest game until the last couple of innings when both teams just started ripping the ball," Broadalbin-Perth coach Harrie Washburn said. "It was a good win, but it is going to be a struggle every time this year unless we hit the way we did there at the end."
The ball gets by Broadalbin-Perth third baseman Bree Westfall as Gloversville’s Ashley Ostrander slides into third during Friday’s Foothills Council game at Gloversville Middle School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The game was full of ups and downs for both teams, however the Huskies' chances of victory were hurt on a controversial play in the bottom of the eighth inning.
With the game tied at 7 and Gloversville runners on second and third with two outs, it was ruled that Ashley Kazala was inserted into the Gloversville line-up illegally, even though she had an at-bat in the bottom of the sixth. After a lengthy discussion between the umpires and coaches Bruce Bump and Washburn, Kazala was ruled out, ending the Gloversville rally.
"We made the substitution for two players, and we transmitted that to their scorer, but the message never went to the umpire," Bump said. "We are supposed to notify the umpire and the scorer, and we only notified the scorer. The umpire didn't get it and on her second time around they called her for not being in the line up. It is an automatic out and that killed a rally we had going. There were a couple different things today that could have given us the game, but they all went down the tube."
Coming off a one-hit shut out loss to Scotia-Glenville on Thursday, Gloversville quickly put that game behind them.
Broadalbin-Perth put a first-inning run in the book with out the benefit of a hit.
Nicole Traver worked her way on with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on the throw. Rachel Orapello bunted Traver home for a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies answered with Ashley Ostrander and Alexis Capasso drawing back-to-back walks to open the inning. Ostrander stole second and was on the front end of a double steal with Capasso to put runners at second and third. Shawna Funk lifted a fly ball to short center field that was misjudged by B-P's Lauren Adamchick allowing Ostrander to score on the error and advance Capasso to third. Megan Patterson scored Capasso with her ground out to give Gloversville a 2-1 advantage.
The Huskies tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the second. Jesse DeVoe led off the inning with a double and came around to score on Capasso's two out single. After stealing second, Capasso came around to score on Emily Towne's single for a 4-1 Gloversville lead.
B-P got a run back in the top of the third when Bree Westfall reached on an error and scored on Orapello's single to right to trim the lead to 4-2.
Broadalbin-Perth took its first lead of the game in the top of the fourth inning when the Huskies gave the Lady Patriots four outs.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Towne, Gloversville's starting pitcher, struck out Caitlin Rasefke. However, Ostrander could not hold the pitch and Rasefke took off for first. With the ball to the side and in front of the plate, Ostrander threw to first in an attempt to get the out, but the ball sailed into right field. The B-P base runners raced around the basepaths to score three runs on the play and take a 5-4 lead.
The Huskies fought back in the bottom of the inning with Ostrander drawing a two-out walk and Capasso reached on an error. Ostrander and Capasso scored on Towne's two RBI double to retake the lead, 6-5.
The Huskies took advantage of a pair of Broadalbin-Perth errors in the bottom of the fifth that allowed Megan Patterson to score on Ostrander's RBI single for a 7-5 lead.
The Lady Patriots closed the gap in the top of the sixth with Rasefke tripled and later scored to put the score at 7-6.
Broadalbin-Perth tied the game at 7 in the top of the seventh with Keyana Fariello leading off with a single and moving to second on Adamchick's sacrifice bunt. Megan Morreale hit a ground ball to the left side and reached first on the fielder's choice but Fariello was called out for interference on the play. Morreale was running when Ciarra Dickson's fly ball could not be handled by GHS center fielder Natasha Ozea, allowing her to score the tying run.
Despite getting a two-out single from DeVoe, the Huskies could not pick up the game winner in the bottom of the seventh, forcing the game into extra innings.
Sammy Stewart came on in relief of Towne in the top of the eighth and set the Lady Patriots down in order.
The Huskies appeared poised to claim the victory in the bottom of the eighth with Capasso and Towne on second and third when the inning ended abruptly on the illegal substitution play.
With dusk settling in, the international tie-breaking rule was put in effect with the player who made the final out in the last at-bat starting the inning on second base.
Rasefke opened the inning on second and was joined by Traver who bunted her way on. Orapello drove them in with her two RBI single. Adamchick scored Orapello with her RBI triple and later scored on Morreale's ground out to stake the Lady Patriots to an 11-7 lead.
Kazala started the inning on second for the Huskies and moved to third on Patterson's ground out. Ozea hit a hard grounder to the left side, that Orapello fielded and fired to first for the second out. Kazala was sent home on the play but B-P first baseman Kristen Fletcher alertly fired the ball home to get Kazala for a game-ending double play.
Orapello led the Lady Patriots with two singles, four RBIs and a run scored, while Adamchick had a triple and and RBI. Traver, Fariello, Dickson and Fletcher all singled and Morreale contributed an RBI and a run scored.
"It was just a very unfortunate thing with the missed substitution," Washburn said. "We both made mistakes out there but in the end we were able to hit the ball against a very good pitcher. I thought the main thing is that we played a little sloppy in the middle of the game but Courtney [Oare] threw strikes and that helped because if she had walked a lot of batters, we would have been in trouble. We made some plays tonight and the one to end the game was a really nice play."
Gloversville was led by Towne's three RBI performance with a double and a single, while Capasso had two singles, an RBI and three runs scored. Ostrander had two singles and two runs scored, while DeVoe added a double and a single and Ozea had two singles.
"With all the rain outs, we are playing game after game after game and not getting time to practice and work on our weaknesses," Bump said. "We are kind of backed up and we have another game tomorrow night with Johnstown, again without a practice.
"It is going to be a cold night and I hope the girls can hang in there. They are getting kind of down. They are trying to get that win and sometimes it is the little things that cost us. It is just one of those things."
Broadalbin-Perth 11, Gloversville 7 (9)
Broadalbin-Perth101 301 104 - 11 7 4
Gloversville220 210 000 - 7 10 4
Oare and Rasefke; Towne, Stewart (8) and Ostrander.