GLOVERSVILLE - After dropping a hard-fought 3-1 decision to Glens Falls on Monday, the Gloversville Huskies were looking to salvage a split of their Foothills Council series with the Indians.
The Huskies looked to senior left-hander Chris Rockefeller to give them the lift they needed.
He responded by throwing four innings of no-hit ball that the Gloversville hitters backed up with nine hits en route to an 8-2 league victory Wednesday at Husky Field.
Glens Falls first baseman Clark Wooley (11) receives the throw as Gloversville's Kevin Johnston dives back to the bag during Wednesday's Foothills Council game at Husky Field. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"Glens Falls is a very good baseball team," Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said. "We went up there Monday and played a great a 3-1 game. We made some mistakes and they beat us on them. For our kids to come back today and put together a complete game says a lot. This was a game we needed."
For Rockefeller, it was his second-straight quality outing as he on the mound Thursday for Gloversville's 10-4 victory over Queensbury.
Rockefeller opened the game by striking out five of the nine batters he faced though the first two innings of play.
The Huskies backed him up with a pair of second-inning runs.
David Vandenabeele led off the bottom of the second with a single, stole second and advanced to third on Ben VanNostrand's fielder's choice. Vandenabeele scored when Anthony Oathout's grounder to the right side was misplayed, and VanNostrand scored on Justin Putnam's RBI single for a 2-0 advantage.
The Indians made the most of three walks in the top of the third to push a run across the plate and cut the lead to 2-1, but the Huskies responded with a four run at-bat in the bottom of the third.
Rockefeller led the inning off with a single and stole second. Mike Fancher drew a walk to join him on the base paths and Oathout connected for a two-out single to load the bases.
Marcus Mahoney drove a 2-1 pitch into the left-center field gap to score Rockefeller and Fancher. Mike Murray followed with a two-RBI double to deep center to score Oathout and Mahoney to stake Gloversville to a 5-1 lead.
Glens Falls got its lead-off hitter on in the top of the fourth on an error charged to Gloversville second baseman Kevin Johnston. However, Johnston atoned for the error by starting an inning-ending double play to squash the Indians' rally.
Johnston also sparked the Huskies' two-run fourth inning by leading off the inning with a single and scoring on Rockefeller's RBI triple to deep right field. Fancher followed with an RBI single to build Gloversville's lead to 8-1.
After holding the Indians' hitless through the opening four innings, Rockefeller issued walks to two of the first three batters he faced In the top of the fifth before Joe McMahon singled to left for the Indians first hit and scoring John Meyers to 8-1.
DeMagistris lifted Rockefeller at that point and brought on Oathout in relief.
After allowing a single to the first batter he faced, Clark Wooley, Oathout set the next eight batters down in order, three on strike outs, to close out the 8-2 victory.
"[Rockefeller] struggled a little bit and got behind on some hitters but he battled back and got some big strike outs for us," DeMagistris said. "In the fourth inning he said he had one more inning in him and when he came off he said 'I want one more.' That tells me his competitiveness took over. He was battling out there. He ran his pitch count up a little over 100 pitches but said he still felt strong. He did a great job and then Anthony Oathout comes in and shuts the door."
Rockefeller finished the game with seven strike outs on the mound and connected for a triple and a single at the plate.
Mahoney finished with a single and three RBIs, while Murray had a double and two RBIs.
"Mike Murray and Marcus Mahoney broke out their slumps today," DeMagistris said. "Everybody put the ball in play today and that was key. We put the ball in play today and made them make the plays."
Gloversville will travel to play Averill Park in a non-league game Friday before returning to Husky Field Monday for a league game against Hudson Falls.
"It is a short season and we need to play one game at a time, we can't be looking ahead," DeMagistris said. "We have Averill Park on Friday and I told the guys we need to build off this game and build our confidence for Monday when Hudson Falls is here."
DeMagistris also announced that the consolation and championship games of the rain-delayed Gloversville Tournament will be played on May 17. Gloversville and Fonda-Fultonville will play the consolation game at 4 p.m. with Broadalbin-Perth and Schuylerville squaring off in the title game at 7 p.m.
Gloversville 8, Glens Falls 3
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Corlew, Wooley (4), Duell (6) and McMahon; Rockefeller, Oathout (5) and Murray.