H.S. Baseball Roundup: B-P edges Gloversville, clinches sectional spot

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Gloversville catcher Brandon Becker waits for the throw as Broadalbin-Perth’s Jack Szumowski sprints toward the plate on a squeeze play during the sixth inning of Monday’s Foothills Council South Division game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. Szumowski was safe on the play to score the game-tying run. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

BROADALBIN — The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots are heading to the Section II Class B postseason tournament.

Monday, the Patriots earned a qualifying berth in the Class B tournament with a come-from-behind 2-1 Foothills Council victory over the Gloversville Huskies at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

“It doesn’t matter who these guys play, they love to be in one-run ballgames,” Broadalbin-Perth coach R.J. Pingitore said. “Whatever it is, maybe they just need to get their heartrate up before a ball game. They live for this moment. I told them going into the season that if we just compete in every game, the final score is going to show who competed more.”

Gloversville’s Anthony Ponticello and the Patriots’ Matt Hinderliter locked in a pitcher’s duel through the first four innings of play

Both teams threatened to put runs on the board in the second inning, but the Patriots got out of the jam with an inning-ending double play and the Huskies made the plays behind Ponticello to strand a pair of B-P runners to keep the game scoreless.

The Huskies broke through for the first run of the game in the top of the fifth.

Kory Cotugno connected for a double to left field and Tyler Quinones delivered him to the plate with a two-out double to the gap for a 1-0 lead.

Despite giving up a two-out walk to Will Austin in the bottom of the fifth, Ponticello kept the Patriots hitters off balance to make the lead stand up.

Hinderliter got his team back to the plate quickly, setting the Huskies down in order on four pitches in the top of the sixth.

The Patriots responded with the big inning they needed.

Lead-off hitter Mike Dygon was hit by a pitch but the Huskies got the lead runner on a fielder’s choice grounder off the bat of Jack Szumowski before Brodryk Benton reached on an error to put runners at first and third.

With Szumowski breaking down the third-base line, Hinderliter got the bunt down on a squeeze play. Ponticello fielded the ball but Szumowski got the call on a close play at the plate to tie the game, while Johnson advanced to third and Hinderliter stood on first.

“We knew the squeeze was coming and we had a play on,” Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said. “I don’t know what happened between the pitcher and the catcher but they got crossed up and they got the squeeze down. When there is a play at the plate you have to slide. The umpire said he slid and I don’t believe he did. It is his judgement call.”

Nick Myers lifted a fly ball to left field allowing Johnson to tag up and sprint toward the plate. The Patriots again got the call in a close play at the plate to take a 2-1 lead.

Gloversville put itself in position to score the tying run by loading the bases with two outs on a single from Nate Thompson, an error on a grounder by Cotugno and Quinones was hit by a pitch.

Hinderliter came up with the game-ending strike out to put the Patriots into the postseason tournament.

“We just came out ready to do our best to get the win,” Hinderliter said. “I knew I had to do my job on the mound and that I knew we would come through with some runs to support me.”

Ponticello went the distance for Gloversville allowing five hits, all singles, striking out four and walking one. He also had one of the Huskies’ six hits in the game.

Cotugno and Quinones led the Gloversville hitters with doubles, while Quinones added an RBI.

“We put ourselves in a position to win the game but didn’t make the plays in the sixth inning,” DeMagistris said. “We had guys out of position with Aaron Dona being hurt but Anthony Ponticello pitched a great game. It is just the way our season went.”

Hinderliter struck out three and walked none in the complete-game victory and collected an RBI and a single at the plate, while Dygon had a pair of singles.

“We need to finish the week strong,” Pingitore said. “We have three games left; Hudson Falls, a to-be-determined crossover game on Thursday and a non-league game against Johnstown in Cooperstown on Friday. That is going to be our senior day, too.”

Broadalbin-Perth 2, Gloversville 1

Gloversville 000 010 0 — 1 6 1

Broadalbin-Perth 000 002 x — 2 5 1

Ponticello and Becker; Hinderliter and Benton.

Scotia-Glenville 5, Johnstown 4

SCOTIA — The Tartans answered Johnstown’s game-tying run in the top of the seventh with a game-winner in the bottom of the inning to claim the league victory.

Ben Wager and Jake Petrie both went 2-for-4 with a double for the Sir Bills.

Nick Thomas went 2-for-2 with a triple for Scotia while Matt Dagostino hit a double and single.

Scotia-Glenville 5, Johnstown 4

Johnstown 003 000 1 — 4 6 0

Scotia-Glenville 300 100 1 — 5 7 3

WP — Terwilliger; LP — Wager.

WAC

Fonda-Fultonville 4, Canajoharie 0

FONDA — Dan Parslow allowed two hits and struck out 12 in 6 2/3 innings to lift Fonda-Fultonville to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Canajoharie.

Parslow also had two singles for Fonda-Fultonville (8-6 overall, 8-3 WAC), while Jackson Simpson, Myles Anderson and Brady Myles all had singles. Myles also had two RBIs for the Braves.

Lucas Sossei and Griffin Collins each had singles for Canajoharie (9-6 overall, 9-4 WAC).

Fonda-Fultonville 4, Canajoharie 0

Canajoharie 000 000 0 — 0 2 3

FFCS 000 004 x — 4 5 2

Sossei and Myers; Parslow, Hamlen (7) and Kearns.

Fort Plain 8, Mayfield 4

FORT PLAIN — Drew Fureno was 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to lead Fort Plain to a WAC victory over Mayfield.

John Cortese had a double, two singles, two RBIs and two runs scored for Fort Plain (11-2 overall, 9-1 WAC), while Troy Butler added a single and three RBIs.

Brian Bentley had a two-run double for Mayfield (9-5 overall, 5-5 WAC), while Brian Graf had a double. Hunter Young added an RBI single for the Panthers.

Fort Plain 8, Mayfield 4

Mayfield 400 000 0 — 4 5 1

Fort Plain 132 002 x — 8 9 1

Williamson, Mykel (6) and Graf; Thibodeau, Yacowenia (3), D. Fureno (6) and B. Fureno.

Duanesburg 5, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 3

ST. JOHNSVILLE — Andrew Drescher and Matt Gamache combined on a one-hitter to lead Duanesburg to a WAC victory over Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville.

Mike Smith had the lone hit for OESJ (3-10 overall, 2-8 WAC).

Duanesburg 5, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 3

Duanesburg 010 022 0 — 5 4 3

OESJ 001 002 0 — 3 1 5

Drescher, Gamache (3) and Lynch; Smith, Leon (5) and Brundage.

MVAC

Johnsburg 12, Wells 1

WELLS — Jim Morris finished 3-for-5 with a double to lead Johnsburg to a Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference victory over Wells.

Morris also combined with Bill Cameron on a three-hitter. Morris struck out seven in four innings, while Cameron struck out six batters in three innings. Cameron also went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs.

Dalton Stevens, Dawson West, Logan McKinney, Ken Mulvey and Kurtis Warrington all had doubles for Johnsburg (5-3 overall, 5-1 MVAC).

Ty Earley was 2-for-4 for Wells (0-6 overall, 0-6 MVAC).

Johnsburg 12, Wells 1

Johnsburg 212 311 2 — 12 12 3

Wells 001 000 0 — 1 3 5

Morris, Cameron (5) and Mulvey. Speece, Early (4), Stuart (7) and Bolebruch.

Non-league

Amsterdam 7, Galway 1

AMSTERDAM — Dale Stanavich had two singles and two RBIs to lead Amsterdam to a non-league victory over Galway.

Brendan McGillin and Robbie Spagnola each had singles and two RBIs for the Rams.

James Hoffman had a double and scored the lone run for Galway (12-4 overall).

Non-league

Amsterdam 7, Galway 1

Galway 010 000 0 — 1 3 1

Amsterdam 301 300 x — 7 7 3

By Paul Wager

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