BROADALBIN - After battling back from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game, the Gloversville Huskies appeared poised to pull ahead in the top of the seventh.
Instead, the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots dug deep, got out of a bases loaded, one-out jam and came through with a walk-off 6-5 victory Wednesday afternoon at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
"Throughout the game there was an ebb and flow of emotions because we all remembered the Johnstown game [11-1 league loss] and we struggled a bit yesterday against Warrensburg [7-6 non-league win]," Broadalbin-Perth coach Dan Simonds said. "That was in the back of everyone's mind. We got a big inning and got up, then we had some frustrating moments and people started getting down. It was just a matter of where that was going to end up in the seventh inning."
Broadalbin-Perth first baseman Aaron Fonda stretches for the ball as Gloversville’s David Vandenabeele beats the throw for a hit during Wednesday’s Foothills Council game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Playing in a persistent rain, Gloversville (6-9 overall, 4-7 Foothills) put together a solid fourth inning to tie the game at five.
Ben VanNostrand and David Vandenabeele led off the inning with back-to-back singles before B-P starter Joe Zarecki won out on a pair of long at bats from Kyle Casimiro and Marcus Mahoney to get strike outs before walking Mike Murray to load the bases.
Justin Putnam connected for a three-run double to deep right field to tie the game at three. Kevin Johnston worked his way on with a walk before Zarecki enticed Chris Rockefeller to fly out to deep left field to get out of the inning.
The Huskies came up with the plays in the field to hold the Patriots in check in the bottom of the inning.
Luigi Magliocca led off the inning by reaching base on an error. A.J. Klemczak followed with a single to right that Vandenabeele got to quickly, and made the throw to Casimiro at third in time to eliminate Magliocca from the base path.
Rockefeller, who came on in relief of Gloversville starter Anthony Oathout in the second, walked the next batter before finishing the inning with consecutive strikeouts to end the threat.
Senior Patrick Brown came on in relief of Zarecki and struck out three and walked one of the next seven Gloversville batters he faced to keep the game tight.
Rockefeller remained in control on the mound for the Huskies also setting down the next seven B-P batters, striking out two and walking one.
Gloversville opened the top of the seventh with Johnstown working a seven-pitch at-bat into a leadoff walk.
With Rockefeller - who already had a pair of doubles on the day - due up, Simonds made a trip to the mound.
"We thought about going to [Noah] Martin to pitch to Rockefeller for a lefty to lefty situation," Simonds said. "But he is such a good hitter we wanted a little more velocity. Pat felt confident so we stuck with him. It didn't go the way we wanted it to."
Brown got the first strike before Rockefeller followed off the next three offerings. The fifth pitch hit Rockefeller sending him to first; giving Gloversville runners on first and second with no outs.
Simonds then made the switch to Martin, a recent sophomore call up from the junior varsity.
Mike Fancher hit Martin's fourth pitch hard down the third base line and Zarecki came up with the ball and outraced Johnston to the base to get the lead runner.
"Zarecki was playing third base and, obviously, he was frustrated after coming off the mound," Simonds said. "He made a nice play on a tough, one-hop ground ball hit to him. It was a nice way for him to end the day."
It proved to be a big play as Ben VanNostrand followed with a single to load the bases.
Martin got pinch-hitter Brad Mulligan to strike out in a six-pitch at-bat for the second out and got Casimiro to pop out to Mike Visco at second for the final out.
The Patriots carried the momentum to the plate.
Zarecki worked his way on with a walk and was pinch-run for by Tyler Schmidt, who stole second. Tim Gordon singled up the middle. Gloversville center fielder Mike Fancher got to quickly to hold Schmidt at third. Brown was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
After falling behind in the count with two strikes, Visco fouled off two more pitches from Rockefeller before hitting a long drive to center field, allowing Schmidt to jog home with the game-winner.
"We didn't get the ball in play," Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said. "We had a suicide squeeze on and it didn't work out [in the seventh]. I am not sure how many errors we had but there were some situations where we have to help our pitchers. We haven't done that lately. In this league you have to play defense and we have not done that lately."
Rockefeller finished with two doubles and two runs scored and struck out six batters for Gloversville. Putnam had a double and three RBIs, while VanNostrand had two hits.
Klemczak, Gordon and Visco all had two hits apiece, with Visco adding two RBIs to his credits. The Patriots also stole seven bases on the day.
Gloversville will close out the series with Broadalbin-Perth Friday night under the lights at Husky Field.
Broadalbin-Perth 6, Gloversville 5
Gloversville101 300 0 - 5 6 1
Broadalbin-Perth302 000 1 - 6 10 2
Oathout, Rockefeller (2) and Murray; Zarecki, Brown (5), Martin (7) and Gordon.