Amsterdam softball’s LaMont hits walk-off HR against Johnstown on senior day (with 3 photos_

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Amsterdam’s Shelby LaMont is greeted at home by her teammates after hitting a 3-run, walk-off home run against Johnstown Tuesday at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam.

AMSTERDAM Playing on her senior day, Amsterdam’s Shelby LaMont delivered a walk-off home run Tuesday to rally her team past Johnstown in a Foothills Council softball showdown at Shuttleworth Park.

The three-run blast off LaMont’s bat closed out a 21-20 win for Amsterdam.

“Props to my dad [Rick]. I heard him [behind the backstop fence] saying, ‘Stay back,’” LaMont said. “My dad has always been the smartest person I could ever listen to when it comes to hitting.”

Besides the game’s 41 runs, the teams combined for 33 hits and 16 errors.

With Amsterdam down four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, senior Lyanis Cintron reached on an infield hit and senior Gabriella Kelly walked before two flyouts to left field. OJ Cruzado reached on a catcher’s interference call to load the bases before Carolyn Sculco hit a two-run double to center field to cut Johnstown’s lead to 20-18 — and set the stage for LaMont’s heroics. 

With a 2-2 count, LaMont delivered.

“As soon as it came off [the bat], I was like, ‘Yes!’” LaMont said.

In all, LaMont went 4 for 6 with a double and two home runs. Her first home run was an inside-the-park home run that sailed over the center fielder’s head.

“They have a hitting team. They can definitely hit the ball,” Johnstown coach Katie McCumber said of Amsterdam. “They came up big when they needed it with those hits.”

LaMont’s walk-off delivered the win for Cintron, who went the distance pitching for Amsterdam.

Cintron was the lone available pitcher for the Rams. She struggled at times and saw her defense commit seven errors behind her, but was buoyed by an offense that benefitted from 17 hits and nine Johnstown errors.

“There was pressure, but, seeing how the girls were hitting, I knew we could come back,” Cintron said.

Johnstown’s offense exploded with a nine-run second inning to take a 10-2 lead.

“But we beat them before,” said Amsterdam’s Kelly, the team’s left fielder, “so I figured we could do it again as long as we all stick together.”

Amsterdam answered with four runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Each team scored in six of its seven offensive frames, with Amsterdam scoring multiple runs in every inning but its scoreless third and Johnstown scored multiple runs in four of its at-bats.

Johnstown’s Bella Bermas went 3 for 5 and scored two runs, Marlee Trajlinek reached on an error, walked twice and scored four runs. 

The roller-coaster victory was the second for the Rams this year — both against Johnstown.

“I love winning on senior night,” Amsterdam coach Brenden Cetnar said. “You always want to win for the seniors, especially in a season like this, where this is only our second win.  Seeing how happy these guys are and keeping that team spirit going is huge because it’s tough during a losing season”

Before the contest started, seniors LaMont, Cintron and Kelly were honored for their hard work and dedication. Kelly was emotional during the ceremony, holding back tears.

“I think it’s just really getting to me now that I’m a senior and I’m graduating in like a month,” said Kelly, who scored three runs and walked twice in the game.

Johnstown 191 204 3 — 20 16 9

Amsterdam 240 523 5 — 21 17 7

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By Stan Hudy

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