H.S. Baseball Roundup: Amsterdam rolls past South Glens Falls

AMSTERDAM — The Amsterdam Rams were scheduled to be on the road for Wednesday’s game against South Glens Falls. However, field conditions did not allow the game to be played at South High.

Instead, the Rams traveled to the visitor’s dugout at Shuttleworth Park.

“We are just happy to play,” Amsterdam coach Brian Spagnola said of the schedule change. “When you get a game to play, you are just happy to be out here.”

For the second straight game, the Amsterdam bats came alive early, as the Rams pushed nine runs across the plate in their first three at-bats and improved their early-season record to 2-0 with a 13-5 Foothills Council victory.

Robbie Spagnola got things started for the Rams with his single in the top of the first. He stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. He trotted home on Brendan McGillin’s sacrifice fly for a quick 1-0 lead.

Starting pitcher Dale Stanavich walked the Bulldogs’ lead-off hitter Jared Thomas, but recovered to strike out Dylan Schrammel and get Joe Battista to pop out to short before Amsterdam catcher Michael Rocas gunned down Thomas in a steal attempt to get out of the inning.

Amsterdam put the game out of reach early, putting up four runs in each of the next three innings, many with two outs, to break away to a 13-1 advantage.

“We had some good at-bats. We talk about having a plan [at the plate], getting fastballs especially in RBI situations,” Spagnola said. “When you’re getting two-out hits, usually that means good things happen. We got a lot of two-out runs today, and that was the difference.”

The Bulldogs came through with their best offensive inning in their final at-bat.

South High loaded the bases and pushed a run across the plate before Matt Steves delivered a two run double to help put the final score at 13-5.

Max Spagnola, Robbie Spagnola and Stanavich all collected two hits in the game, while McGillin, Stanavich and Max Spagnola collected three RBIs apiece.

Steves paced South Glens Falls (0-1, 0-1) with his two RBI double, while Schrammel and Joe Battista round out the Bulldogs’ three hits with singles.

“We have been fortunate early on to get everybody into the games. That won’t always happen,” Coach Spagnola said. “We have some young guys here and to get them in for some looks as well is certainly nice.”

Amsterdam (2-0 overall, 2-0 Foothills), which has outscored its opponents 21-5 so far this season, in will return to the diamond at Shuttleworth Saturday for a non-league game against Troy with the first pitch slated for about 6:30 p.m. after the conclusion of Union College’s doubleheader with the University of Rochester.

Amsterdam 13, South Glens Falls 5

Amsterdam 144 400 0 — 13 10 2

South Glens Falls 001 001 3 — 5 3 4

Stanavich, R. Spagnola (4), Bracchi (6), Devine (7) and Rocas, Krackow (6); Willson, Steves (4) and Bovair.

Foothills Council

Hudson Falls 10, Johnstown 3

HUDSON FALLS — The Tigers got strong performances from Joe Marine and Own Ovitt in their season-opening win Wednesday.

Marine connected for three singles and scored three times, while Ovitt delivered a double, two singles and collected two RBIs.

Charles Brown and Ben Russo both singled for Johnstown (0-1, 0-1).

Hudson Falls 10, Johnstown 3

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Johnstown 030 000 0 — 3 4 0

Swartz, Tyminski (7) and Carlisle; Brown, Dunn (2), Wager (6) and VanDuesen.

WAC

Galway 9, Schoharie 6

GALWAY — Nate Shader and Graham Willbrandt each had two hits to lead Galway to a victory over Schoharie in a Western Athletic Conference contest.

Max Conti added three RBIs for the Golden Eagles.

Josh Scheuer had two singles for Schoharie.

Galway 9, Schoharie 6

Schoharie 021 300 0 — 6 6 2

Galway 350 001 x — 9 9 0

By Paul Wager

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