Johnstown baseball suffers second straight shutout loss to Scotia-Glenville

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Johnstown’s Evan Baker, right, scrambles back to first base as Scotia-Glenville first baseman Cody Rogers looks to apply the tag during Thursday’s Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School.

JOHNSTOWN One day after getting shut out in a 9-0 loss at Scotia-Glenville, the Johnstown baseball team looked to bounce back in a rematch against the Tartans on Thursday at Johnstown High School.

The margin was closer, but Scotia-Glenville remained unbeaten in Foothills Council play with a 5-0 victory over the Sir Bills.

“We’ve been playing good baseball,” Scotia-Glenville coach John Striffler said. “We haven’t allowed many runs, and we’ve been getting hits when we need them.”

On the flip side, Johnstown has struggled at the plate, scoring more than three runs just three times in nine games this season.

“We’re in a funk right now at the plate,” Johnstown coach Jon Jennings said. “We’re going to keep working on it.”

The Sir Bills were held to just three hits Thursday by Micah Forgette and Kyle Brown. Forgette earned the win, allowing three hits, striking out six, walking four and hitting one batter in six innings of work. Brown pitched a scoreless seventh for the Tartans, allowing no hits, striking out two and walking two.

“He threw strikes all game long,” Striffler said of Forgette. “He didn’t overthrow. He pitched well today.”

Johnstown starter Antonio DeMarco also pitched well, allowing nine hits, striking out seven and walking three in 6 2/3 innings.

“Antonio threw a gem. He pitched well for us today,” Jennings said.

DeMarco also had a single and a double at the plate for Johnstown, while Evan Baker singled for the Sir Bills’ only other hit.

Aiden Streeter was 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored for Scotia-Glenville, while Derek Robinson and Luke Brandon each had two hits.

After two scoreless innings, Scotia-Glenville broke through for two runs in the top of the third. Streeter plated Brown with a double, who had reached on a two-out single. Robinson followed with the Tartans’ third straight two-out hit to score Streeter to make it 2-0.

It was the start of a trend as Scotia-Glenville scored four of their five runs with two outs Thursday.

“You have to keep playing whether there’s no outs, one out or two outs,” Striffler said. “We did a good job with two outs today.”

The Tartans added another run to their lead in the top of the fourth, getting an RBI groundout by Jack Taylor that scored Brown, who had led off the inning with an infield single.

Robinson made it 4-0 in the top of the fifth, scoring on a wild pitch after reaching on a two-out error.

Scotia-Glenville scored its final run in the seventh when pinch-runner Colin Peckham scored on a two-out RBI infield single by Brandon.

With the Tartans were making the most of their two-out opportunities, Johnstown put runners in scoring position in six of seven innings but left 10 runners stranded.

“We had runner in scoring position in six of seven innings,” Jennings said. “We just didn’t get the timely hit when we needed it.”

Johnstown (1-5 Foothills, 1-7-1 overall) is scheduled to host Fort Plain in a non-league contest on Saturday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Gloversville on Monday for a 7 p.m. Foothills Council game.

“We haven’t caught a break all year,” Jennings said. “If we can catch one, maybe we can turn things around. We’re just going to keep working to get better.”

Scotia-Glenville (6-0 Foothills, 6-1 overall) is scheduled to travel to Broadalbin-Perth on Monday for a 4:30 p.m. Foothills Council game. The Tartans then host the Patriots on Wednesday before traveling to Schuylerville next Friday.

“We’ve got a big week next week,” Striffler said. “Those games will be good tests for us.”

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By Paul Wager

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