H.S. Baseball Roundup: Fort Plain tops Schoharie, 12-7

Schoharie catcher Mitchell Barton leaps for a high throw as Fort Plain’s Cameron Dillenbeck looks to score after being caught in a rundown on a pickoff attempt during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s Western Athletic Conference game at the Fort Plain Sports Complex. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FORT PLAIN — The Fort Plain Hilltoppers managed only five hits against the Schoharie Indians, but still found a way to win.

Despite Schoharie pitchers recording 12 strikeouts, the Hilltoppers made the most of seven walks and five hit batters to pull out a 12-7 Western Athletic Conference victory over the Indians Wednesday at Coach Phillips Field at the Fort Plain Sports Complex.

“Our outfielders need to make plays. It is going to take a while but they are going to be OK,” Hilltoppers coach Craig Phillips said of his team’s errors. “We start a senior, four sophomores, three freshmen and an eighth-grader. The big thing is they are all good kids but they still make mistakes.”

The Hilltoppers (4-1 overall, 3-1 WAC) jumped out to quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Drew Fureno singled, moved to second on Troy Butler’s sacrifice bunt and raced home on Brady Fureno’s single.

Schoharie capitalized on a pair of Fort Plain errors in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead but could not hold it. The Hilltoppers made the most of two walks and two hit batters with a bases-loaded single from Brady Fureno and an RBI single from Bryce Thibodeau to help plate four runs and pull ahead 5-2.

Schoharie closed the gap with a run in the third and two more in the fourth, but Fort Plain again made the most of its opportunities in the bottom of the fifth.

Two hit batters, two walks, an error and a wild pitch led to a nine-batter, four-run inning to put the Hilltoppers up 11-5.

The Indians got two runs back in the top of the sixth and Fort Plain answered with another run in the bottom of the inning.

Freshman John Cortese came on in relief of Drew Fureno with two outs in the top of the sixth and inherited a 1-2 count on Skyler Jankowski. Cortese threw one pitch, a strike, to get the final out and struck out the side on 11 pitches in the top of the seventh to close out the victory.

“Drew was at the end of the pitch count we were looking for,” Phillips said. “He didn’t want to come out, he didn’t want to pitch, but once he is in there he is a competitor.”

Brady Fureno finished with two singles, three RBIs and a run scored, while Drew Fureno recorded six strikeouts on the mound and connected for two singles and scored three runs. Thibodeau had a single and an RBI at the plate, while striking out three.

Shane Helmstadt led Schoharie with a double, two singles and three RBIs, while Noah Valvo had a double, two singles and two runs scored and Joseph Polley added two singles.

The Hilltoppers will look to stretch their win streak to five games when they travel to Middleburgh for an 11 a.m. Friday with an eye on giving coach Phillips his 749th career coaching victory.

Fort Plain 12, Schoharie 7

Schoharie 021 202 0 — 7 9 3

Fort Plain 151 041 x — 12 5 3

Alescio, Helmstadt (5), Polley (6) and Barton; Thibodeau, D. Fureno (3), Cortese (6) and B. Fureno.

Foothills Council

Scotia-Glenville 16, Broadalbin-Perth 2

SCOTIA — Scotia-Glenville scored 10 runs in the first inning on its way to a Foothills Council South Division victory over Broadalbin-Perth.

The Tartans finished the game with 22 hits.

Matt Dagostino was 5-for-5 with two triples and four RBIs for Scotia-Glenville, while Austin Zullo, Lucas Terwilliger and Chris Aldi all had three hits.

Andrew LeMorta earned the complete-game win for the Tartans, allowing three hits and striking out 13.

Will Austin had a double for Broadalbin-Perth, while Matt Hinderliter and Ryan Zajaceskowski each had singles.

Broadalbin-Perth (3-5 overall, 2-5 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to Duanesburg on Saturday for a non-league game at 3:30 p.m.

Scotia-Glenville (5-1 overall, 5-1 Foothills) is slated to host Amsterdam on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Scotia-Glenville 16, Broadalbin-Perth 2

Broadalbin-Perth         000 100  1 — 2 3 2

Scotia-Glenville       (10)00 510 x — 16 22 1

Szumowski, Sargent (1), Gardner (4), Zajaceskowski (6) and Austin, Hemstreet (6); LeMorta and Puglisi.

Queensbury 8, Hudson Falls 1

QUEENSBURY — Vincent Valenti and Ian Doin each had two hits and an RBI to lead Queensbury to a Foothills Council North Division victory over Hudson Falls.

Cam Jett, Owen Ovitt and Ravin Carlisle had hits for Hudson Falls.

Queensbury 8, Hudson Falls 1

Hudson Falls    001 000 0 — 1 3 2

Queensbury    116 000 x — 8 9 1

WP — Wettersten; LP — Swartz.


Greenwich Tournament

GREENWICH — Host Greenwich won its tournament title with wins over Galway and Rensselaer.

In the championship game, the Witches rolled to a 10-1 victory over Rensselaer.

John O’Brien threw a complete-game two-hitter for Greenwich (3-5 overall), striking out five and walking one.

Derek McPhail was 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Witches, while Carson McKinley was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI.

In the consolation game, Galway posted a 3-1 victory over Canajoharie.

Shane Brownell had a hit, an RBI and a run scored for Galway (5-2 overall).

Greg Meyers, Mack Frank and Lucas Sossei had hits for Canajoharie (2-4 overall).

In the first round, Greenwich topped Galway 4-0 and Rensselaer defeated Canajoharie, 8-5.

Jon Miller struck out eight, walked two and allowed two hits for Greenwich in its shutout win over Galway. Miller also had a single, double and two RBIs for the Witches, while Carson Mosher and Brendan Stout each had two hits.

Ben Edwards had two hits for Canajoharie in its loss to Rensselaer.

Greenwich Tournament

Championship Game

Greenwich 10, Rensselaer 1

Rensselaer 100 000 0 — 1 2 3

Greenwich 234 100 0 — 10 11 0

WP — O’Brien; LP — Radley.

Consolation Game

Galway 3, Canajoharie 1

Canajoharie    000 001 0 — 1 3 1

Galway     003 000 x — 3 2 1

Baldwin, Logan (6) and Meyer; Conti, Chase (2), Brownell (6) and Uline.

First Round

Greenwich 4, Galway 0

Galway 000 000 0 — 0 2 2

Greenwich 000 112 0 — 4 7 3

WP — Miller; LP — Hanna.

By Paul Wager

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