Amsterdam turns back upset-minded Huskies 5-3 in Class A opening round

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The Leader-Herald/james A. Ellis Amsterdam’s Tommy Ziskin keeps an eye on the ball as he is caught in a run-down between second and third by Gloversville third baseman Garrett Dooling (2), Brett Rulison (4) and Dane Dillenback during the fourth inning of a Section II Class A first round game Tuesday at the Rao Family Stadium at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam.

AMSTERDAM — After dropping their first two games of the season, the Amsterdam Rams were riding a 12-game win streak into Tuesday’s Section II Class A first-round game against Gloversville.

The upset-minded Huskies broke out to an early lead before the seventh-seeded Rams fought back to claim a 5-3 victory Tuesday at the Rao Family Stadium at Shuttleworth Park.

“The first round is always a scary round because everybody is a little jittery whether you want to say it or not,” Amsterdam coach Rob Hisert said. “They [Gloversville] were excited and jumped out right away. They were excited to play us and wanted another shot at us because we did get them earlier in the year.”

Brett Rulison got things going for the 10th-seeded Huskies by working the count for a lead-off walk and stole second. Dane Dillenback joined his on the base paths with a one-out walk. Alex Payne came through with a double to right center to score Rulison and Dillenback and put Gloversville up 2-0.

Amsterdam got a run back in the bottom of the first.

C.J. Durinick led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on Spencer Cotugno’s single. Carson Cotugno followed with a double to score Durinick before Huskies starting pitcher Kyle Robare finished a pair of comebackers to the mound to get out of the inning.

Amsterdam took the lead in the bottom of the second when Andrew Spagnola singled, stole second and third and Durinick walked and stole second. Both came home on Spencer Cotugno’s single to give the Rams a 3-2 lead.

Gloversville drew even with two outs in the top of the fourth when Andrew Deumaga drove the ball over the left-center field fence for a home run. Cal Porter followed with a double before the Rams ended the Huskies’ rally.

Durinick again found a way on in the bottom of the fourth with a single and moved into scoring position with his third stolen base of the game. Tommy Ziskin plated Durinick with his single to left to put the Rams back in front 4-3.

Gloversville threatened again in the top of the fifth, when Rulison worked his way on with a walk and stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Dillenback drew a walk, putting runners at first and third with one out.

The momentum changed quickly as Payne hit a chopper back to the mound that relief pitcher Noah Marshall grabbed and threw to Spencer Cotugno at home, catching Rulison in a rundown. Dillenback got caught between first and second, leading to an inning ending double-play.

“Dane was on a straight steal and thought the pitcher caught the ball clean so he was hustling back to first,” Gloversville coach John Lott said. “It was just a lack of communication that led to swinging the momentum back in their favor.”

After Durinick walked, stole second and again scored on a single by Ziskin to built a 5-3 lead, the Huskies got a final shot at sending the game into extra innings.

Porter led off the inning with a single to put the potential tying run on base. However, the Huskies were denied the chance as the Rams’ Ryan Reagan settled under Robare’s drive to deep left field to end the game and advance the Rams to Thursday’s quarterfinal round game against No. 2 LaSalle Institute.

“I give our kids credit, they came back out in the seventh and still tried to put runs back up on the board,” Lott said. “I told Kyle I wanted him to be super aggressive and put the ball in the gap. He got a good swing at it but just missed. It was definitely a game of a lot of momentum shifts. I thought early on we did a good job getting a lead then Amsterdam answered back. Then we came back but they also came back.”

Porter had a pair of singles for Gloversville, while Payne had a double and two RBIs and Deumaga had a home run.

“With everything that happened with COVID we were just happy to be back playing again,” Lott said. “We have 13 guys coming back next year. I thought today a lot of guys stepped up and played well. We had an eighth-grader [Porter] behind the plate and he had two big hits; a sophomore [Payne] that had a double in the first inning to drive in two runs and a sophomore [Robare] on the mound that pitched a great game and a sophomore [Deumaga] that hit the ball out of the park. We are young and have a lot of guys including a solid junior class coming back so we are excited for the future. We are excited about where we are at but we also know we have a lot of work to do.”

The top of the batting order accounted for seven of the Rams 10 hits in the game.

Spencer Cotugno had three singles and drove in two runs, while Ziskin had to singles and two RBIs and Durinick had two singles, four stolen bases and four runs scored.

“C J. Durnick went 2-for-2, walked twice but every time he got on he stole second so we had a guy in scoring position and scored him,” Hisert said.

Amsterdam (13-2) will turn its attention to No. 2 LaSalle with an eye on advancing to the Class A final four for the third time under Hisert’s leadership.

“LaSalle had a bye and we will have Carson Cotugno on the mound Thursday, which is how we wanted it,” Hisert said. “Since I have been here we have been in the semis and finals. Our seniors were here those seasons and got a sniff of what it is to be in the final four and they want it bad.”

Gloversville closes out its season with a 7-8 overall record while going 7-6 against Foothills competition.

Amsterdam 5, Gloversville 3

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Amsterdam 120 101 x — 5 10 0

Robare and Porter; Hughes, Marshall (5) and S. Cotugno

Class B First Round

Broadalbin-Perth 11, Ravena 1

BROADALBIN — Jake Terwilliger was 2-for-2 with a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored to lead second-seeded Broadalbin-Perth to a victory over 18th-seeded Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk in a Class B first-round contest.

Mike Magliocca was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored for the Patriots, while Ryan Savoie had a double, RBI and two runs scored.

Ryan Visco had a single and scored two runs for B-P, Luke Tambasco had a single, two RBIs and a run scored, and Ryan Hertik added a single and an RBI.

Visco also earned the win on the mound, allowing three hits, striking out seven, walking one and allowing one earned run.

Steven Reed had a double for Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, while Thomas Rosario had a single and scored the lone run. Jack McFerren added a single for the Indians.

Broadalbin-Perth advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals to host either seventh-seeded Greenville or 10th-seeded Cohoes.

Broadalbin-Perth 11, Ravena 1

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Broadalbin-Perth 321 5x — 11 8 0

WP – Visco; LP – Rosario.

Fonda-Fultonville 3, Granville 1

GRANVILLE — Derek Duval had a single and an RBI to help ninth-seeded Fonda-Fultonville post a 3-1 victory over eighth-seeded Granville in the first round of the Section II Class B Tournament.

The win was the 250th for Fonda-Fultonville coach Rick Palumbo.

Tyler Daus, Kyle Lawyer and Giovanni DiCaprio all had singles for the Braves, while Zenmatsu Myles added an RBI.

Riley Cole and Duval combined on a three-hitter for FFCS.

Josh Nelson had a double and an RBI for Granville, while Josh Oakman had a double. Logan Harrington added a single for the Golden Horde.

Fonda-Fultonville (13-3 overall) advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals to face either top-seeded Hudson or 16th-seeded Cobleskill-Richmondvillle.

Granville finished its season with an 11-3 overall record.

Fonda-Fultonville 3, Granville 1

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Granville 000 01 — 1 3 4

Cole, Duval (4) and Hanson; Nelson and Beebe.

Class C First Round

Stillwater 7, Fort Plain 2

FORT PLAIN — Jaxson Mueller had a double and scored two runs to help 16th-seeded Stillwater notch an upset win over top-seeded Fort Plain in a Class C first-round contest.

Shea Brown had a single and two runs scored for the Warriors, while Liam Brady had a single and scored a run.

Brown also earned the win on the mound for Stillwater, striking out eight in five innings of work.

Troy Butler and Evan Crouse each had a single and scored a run for Fort Plain, while Manley Baker also had a single.

Stillwater (8-9 overall) advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals to face either No. 9 seed Lake George or No. 8 seeded Hadley-Luzerne.

Fort Plain finished its season with a 12-2 overall record. Fort Plain coach Craig Phillips ends the season with an 806-229 career record.

Stillwater 7, Fort Plain 2

Stillwater 000 204 1 — 7 4 1

Fort Plain 200 000 0 — 2 3 0

Brown, Campion (6) and Mueller; Butler, Crouse (6) and VanGorder.

Galway 10, Waterford 4

GALWAY — Joe Herbst had a double and a home run to power third-seeded Galway to a win over 14th-seeded Waterford-Halfmoon in a Class C first-round game.

The Golden Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and four times in the bottom of the sixth to earn the win.

Myles Pleasants had two hits for Galway.

Jake Houle had a home run for Waterford-Halfmoon.

Galway advances to Thursday’s quarterfinals to host either sixth-seeded Rensselaer or 11th-seeded Maple Hill. Their first-round matchup was postponed to today.

Galway 10, Waterford 4

Waterford-Halfmoon 103 000 0 — 4 4 4

Galway 130 024 x — 10 11 0

Canajoharie 10, Schoharie 9, 9 innings

CANAJOHARIE — Second-seeded Canajoharie scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to rally for a win over 15th-seeded Schoharie in a Section II Class C first-round contest.

The game was delayed by rain in the fifth inning with Canajoharie ahead 7-3 before the Indians rallied to force extra innings.

Riley Montanye plated the winning runs with a two-run, walk-off single for the Cougars in the bottom of the 10th.

Zach Suits had two hits and scored a run for Canajoharie, while Richie Tamsett had a single, three RBIs and two runs scored.

Jack Krug and Robert Fairley each had a single and scored two runs for the Cougars, Jack Montanye had a single, two RBIs and scored a run, and Chance Petteys added an RBI.

Cam McDonald had three hits and scored a run for Schoharie, while Ethan Drinen had a single, two RBIs and two runs scored. Gabe Borthwick and John Polley also had singles for the Indians.

The Cougars will host either seventh-seeded Hoosic Valley in Thursday’s quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. The Indians topped 10th-seeded Whitehall, 16-6, in their first-round game Tuesday.

Canajoharie 10, Schoharie 9, 9 innings

Schoharie 010 024 002 — 9 6 4

Canajoharie 104 110 003 — 10 7 5

By Paul Wager