Broadalbin-Perth edges Johnstown, 3-2

Johnstown’s Charlie Brown races to first as Broadalbin-Perth first baseman Jack Szumowski reaches for a high throw during the fifth inning of Monday’s Foothills Council South Division game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

BROADALBIN — The Johnstown Sir Bills bid for a spot in the Section II Class B postseason tournament will have to wait for another day.

Needing one win to qualifying for sectionals, the Sir Bills traveled to face an improving Broadalbin-Perth squad Monday.

The Patriots, who are also vying for a spot in the Class B tourney, spoiled the Sir Bills’ bid with timely hitting from Mike Dygon and a strong outing on the mound from Matt Hinderliter as they rallied for a 3-2 Foothills Council South Division victory at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

“It is the stuff I have been preaching all year and it is all starting to come together now,” Broadalbin-Perth coach RJ Pingitore said. “You can’t simulate a game situation like bottom of the sixth with a guy on third. Mike was looking to just hit a ball in the air there and he squared one off that got past the left fielder and we ran for a while. That is a tribute to how hard they are working.”

The Patriots manufactured a run in the bottom of the first with Hinderliter scoring on Jack Szumowski’s sacrifice fly.

Hinderliter and Johnstown’s Mike Brown locked in a pitcher’s duel allowing only one runner to reach base over three innings.

The Patriots put another run on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Szumowski walked with two outs and Brodryk Benton connected for an RBI double to left-center for a 2-0 advantage.

Johnstown tied the game up in the top of the fifth.

Ben Rhodes led off the inning with a single, stole second and moved to third on Derek Lee’s ground out. Rhodes scored on Charlie Osborne’s two-out double. Dom DeScocia came on to pinch run for Osborne and scored the game-tying run when Charlie Brown hit a hard grounder to the left side. Szumowski leaped to gather in a high throw across the diamond and attempted to tag Brown but had the ball knocked out of his glove, allowing Brown to reach base and DeScioscia to score.

“I thought the play was called correctly,” Johnstown coach Aaron Mraz said. “[Szumowski] was off the bag and went to tag [Brown]. It knocked the ball loose and came out of his glove. It was a huge turn of events for us. We just didn’t capitalize and gain the momentum on it.”

After hitting leadoff batter Nick Myers with a pitch in the bottom of the fifth, Mike Brown got out of the jam with his defense turning an inning-ending 5-5-3 double play.

Johnstown put a runner in scoring position in the top of the sixth when Mike Brown singled and Rhodes drew a two-out walk to put runners on first and second but could not get the run across the plate as the Patriots infield came up with the big play behind Hinderliter.

Broadalbin-Perth came up with the game winner in the bottom of the sixth.

Will Austin worked his was on with a leadoff walk and Hinderliter laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him to second. Austin moved to third on a wild pitch before Dygon lifted an RBI triple to deep left field to put the Patriots up 3-2.

Hinderliter enticed the Sir Bills into a pair of fly balls to left and a comebacker to the mound in the top of the seventh to lock up his complete-game victory.

“We didn’t adjust soon enough and were out ahead of everything,” Mraz said. “They did what they needed to do and we didn’t adjust. We started getting them toward the end but it was too late. We gave up some key walks and two of their runs came off the walks. They also had some timely hitting and we didn’t.”

Osborne collected a double and an RBI for the Sir Bills, while VanDeusen also doubled. Charlie Brown had a single and an RBI. Mike Brown went the distance on the mound for Johnstown, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking four.

“I know they are a little frustrated with it [not getting the sectional-qualifying victory] and we will talk about it tomorrow,” Mraz said. “But they will definitely put the loss behind them and be a little sharper and ready to go on Wednesday.”

Dygon had two of the Patriots three hits with his triple and a single, while Benton added a double. Hinderliter went the distance on the mound for Broadalbin-Perth, allowing six hits and striking out seven and walking two.

“He [Hinderliter] is absolutely incredible,” Pingitore said. “He came out against Queensbury and shut them down and we worked around seven errors and won 8-6. Tonight our defense was a big factor in the win. We made mistakes, but one mistake didn’t lead to two mistakes and then three mistakes. We stopped at one mistake and made the next play or the next pitch.”

The Sir Bills (3-5 Foothills) will host B-P (5-8 overall, 3-7 Foothills) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Johnstown High School.

“We have five points with league games with Johnstown, Gloversville and Hudson Falls and a crossover left on the schedule,” Pingitore said. “We need seven points to qualify. If we play like we did tonight it is very reachable.”

Broadalbin-Perth 3, Johnstown 2

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M. Brown and Osborne; Hinderliter and Benton.

By Paul Wager

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