GLOVERSVILLE — For Broadalbin-Perth and Gloversville, getting runners on base was not the problem Tuesday, but getting them home was a different story.
The teams combined to put runners on base in all but one at-bat in Tuesday’s Foothills Council game. However, strong pitching efforts and key defensive plays kept the game deadlocked at zero until the bottom of the fifth when the Huskies pushed across four runs across to defeat Broadalbin-Perth 4-0 in the South Division game under the lights at Husky Field.
“What I was impressed with was that we scored the four runs with two outs,” Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said. “The guys went up and battled and got four runs. I thought we should have scored a couple runs in the first two innings, but it just didn’t happen. We tried to make something happen early but weren’t successful at it.”
The Patriots came out swinging with Will Austin leading off the game with an infield single off a fly ball that landed between three Gloversville players. However, he was stranded as well-hit balls to the outfield were chased down by the Huskies.
Gloversville put its first three batters — Aaron Dona, Dylan Sweeney and Anthony Ponticello — on base. Dona was caught stealing by B-P catcher Brodryk Benton and Sweeney was gunned down by left fielder Matt Hinderliter trying to reach third on Ponticello’s single.
The Patriots carried the momentum over to the plate and loaded the bases with one out in the top of the second.
Dona struck out Trevor Hemstreet and Tyler Quinones gathered in a line drive off Austin’s bat to get out of the jam.
“We had the bases loaded in the second inning and my leadoff hitter hits a shot to left field and the guy is right there,” Broadalbin-Perth coach RJ Pingitore said. “We barrel-hit line drives all night and they just didn’t find the ground.”
Gloversville put a pair of runners on in the second but could not get them home as B-P starting pitcher Nick Myers also got strong defensive play behind him to keep the game scoreless.
The Patriots threatened again in the top of the fifth when Austin singled with one out and stole second and third, but Dona got back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
The Huskies broke the deadlock in the bottom of the fifth when Quinones was hit by a pitch before Myers got Dona and Sweeney to fly out to center field.
Ponticello singled to put runners at first and third before Trevor Mee delivered a two-out, two-strike two-run double to left field.
“That was a huge at-bat for him,” DeMagistris said. “He was having trouble with Myers’ curve ball [struck out first two at-bats]. It looked like he tried sneaking a fastball by him and hit doubled it to the gap.”
Raymond Strauser scored Mee with a single and was able to score on a throwing error to give Gloversville a 4-0 advantage.
The Patriots fought back with Mike Dygon reaching base on an error before the Huskies got out of the threat with an inning-ending double play.
The Patriots got another shot at breaking up the shut out in the top of the seventh as Hemstreet walked with two outs and stole second and third before Ponticello, who came on in relief of Dona, enticed Austin to ground the ball to the left side where Dona, who moved to short, made a long throw across the diamond to nip Austin for the final out.
“Aaron didn’t have his best stuff on the mound tonight but he battled and got the win for us,” DeMagistris said. “He came up with a great play to end the game. To come up with that play after throwing 97 pitches is a great play on his part.”
Strauser finished with a two singles, an RBI and a run scored, while Ponticello had two hits and a run scored to go with Mee’s two run double.
Dona finished with eight strike outs, while giving up five hits and walking one, while Myers allowed seven hits, struck out four and walked one. Both teams stranded seven runners on base.
Austin led the B-P batters with two singles, while Benton, Sargent and Hinderliter all singled.
“This is the most pleased I have been after a game. We left some runs out there but it wasn’t because of the lack of quality at-bats. We put the ball in when we needed to it just didn’t find holes.” Pingitore said. “We played a game on Friday and Saturday off on Easter Sunday then we had games Monday and today. We are still making the same mistakes we did on Friday but we haven’t had any practice time to correct them or to work on situations. Luckily, I have a lot of competitors on this team so it is not going to be an issue. We will come back tomorrow and play Scotia again.”
Gloversville is slated to host Hoosic Valley in a non-league game tonight at Husky Field before returning to Foothills Council South Division play against Johnstown at 7 p.m. Friday at Husky Field.
Gloversville 4, Broadalbin-Perth 0
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Gloversville 000 040 x — 4 7 2
Myers, Benton (5) and Benton, Austin (5); Dona, Ponticello (7) and Becker.
Amsterdam 6, Johnstown 1
AMSTERDAM — Dale Stanavich had an RBI double to help Amsterdam post a victory over Johnstown.
Trey Ausfeld added an RBI single for the Rams, while Max Spagnola and Robbie Spagnola plated runs with squeeze bunts.
Trevor Porter had an RBI single for Johnstown.
In their second game of the day, the Rams dropped a 5-1 decision to Adirondack in a non-league game at Shuttleworth Park.
Connor Hamilton had two triples for Adirondack.
Brendan McGillin had two singles and an RBI for Amsterdam (5-4 overall, 5-2 Foothills), while Jeffrey Brennan added two hits.
Amsterdam 6, Johnstown 1
Johnstown 000 100 0 — 1 2 1
Amsterdam 003 030 x — 6 6 0
Adirondack 5, Amsterdam 1
Adirondack 001 040 0 — 7 7 0
Amsterdam 001 000 0 — 1 5 1
Mayfield 18, Herkimer 7
MAYFIELD — Riley Mykel went 2-for-4 and scored three runs and picked up the win on the mound in the Panthers’ non-league win over Herkimer.
David Servello went 2-for-5 for Mayfield with five RBIs and two runs scored, while Brian Graf added a two RBI triple and Brian Bentley collected two RBIs and two runs scored to go with Danny Ellis’ four runs scored.
On Saturday, Mayfield posted a 6-4 victory at Greenwich.
Brian Bentley was 2-for-4 with two doubles for the Panthers, while Colbey Hime had a single and an RBI.
John Fancher earned the win, striking out five in 6• innings.
Cole Burgess had a double for Greenwich, while Derek McPhail was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Mayfield 6, Greenwich 4
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Greenwich 103 000 0 — 4 5 4
WP — Fancher; LP — O’Brien.