Gloversville baseball opens Foothills play with win against Hudson Falls

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Hudson Falls second baseman Cody Lewis backs up the play as shortstop Joseph LaPan leaps over Gloversville’s Logan Oathout as he slides safely into second with a stolen base during Foothills Council action Wednesday at Husky Field in Gloversville.

GLOVERSVILLE — Powered by a six-run third inning and aggressive baserunning, the Gloversville Huskies opened their Foothills Council campaign with a 13-3 victory over Hudson Falls Wednesday at Husky Field.

“I thought we did a really nice job with the timely hitting and an outstanding job of being aggressive on the bases, taking the extra base when we could,” Gloversville coach Jon Lott said. “We have a lot of team speed and athletes, so that is our game plan – we are going to make teams make plays. In all our scrimmages and games so far this year, we have forced teams to make the plays.”

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Hudson Falls put Gloversville in a hole early, scoring a run in each of the first three innings, while the Huskies pushed one across the plate in the opening inning.

Gloversville took control of the game in the bottom of the third, sending 10 batters to the plate with Dane Dillenback delivering a two-RBI triple, while Kyle Robare and Garrett Dooling delivered RBI doubles in the six-run inning to take a 7-3 lead.

The Huskies backed up the big inning, setting the Tigers down in order in the top of the fourth.

Gloversville continued to put runs on the board in its next four at-bats and shut down scoring threats by the Tigers with big defensive plays.

“We got some great relays from the outfield on some well-hit balls,” Lott said. “I think we had four put-outs between third base and home plate. That changes the whole complexion of the game when you can make those plays.”

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Michael Sullivan led the Hudson Falls hitters with two doubles and an RBI, while Joseph LaPan added a double and a single, and Dominick Doyle doubled.

Dillenback finished with a triple, two singles and two RBIs for the Huskies. Robare added a double, single, three RBIs and a stolen base, while Douglas Cook and Logan Oathout had two hits and two stolen bases and an RBI each. Porter, Dooling and Andre Deumaga also doubled for Gloversville.

On the mound, Alex Payne earned the win after allowing one earned run in five innings of relief.

“I want to commend Alex Payne on the job he did coming on in relief today,” Lott said. “Kyle [Robare] did the best he could. He was a little bit sore today, but battled through a couple of innings for us. Alex was gritty as could be and shut them down for five straight innings. He did a great job keeping the pace on the mound, throwing strikes and letting the defense make the plays behind him.”

Gloversville (1-0 Foothills, 1-1 overall) will travel to play South Glens Falls Monday before returning home next Wednesday for a Foothills Council game against Schuylerville. Hudson Falls will host Amsterdam Monday.

Hudson Falls     111 000 0 — 3 8 1

Gloversville       106 114 x — 13 14 6

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