BY JAMES A. ELLIS
BROADALBIN — With both teams coming off league losses on Monday, Broadalbin-Perth and Galway returned to the diamond on Tuesday.
Highlighted by Kara Weaver’s three-run home run, the Patriots scored eight runs in the second inning to defeat Galway 12-3 in non-league softball action at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
“They worked hard for that one,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Allyson Chorba said. “We finally got our bats going, which I am so happy about.”
The Golden Eagles started strong, picking up a run in the opening inning.
Broadalbin-Perth answered in the bottom of the inning with Sara Kuchera leading off with a single and moving to third on a double by Weaver before scoring on a wild pitch to tie the game at one apiece.
The Patriots came up with the big inning on offense in the bottom of the second.
Sending 12 batters to the plate in the inning, B-P pushed eight runs across the plate with Weaver hitting a three-run homer, while Camille Calderone and Allee Jasewicz both doubled to help build a 9-1 advantage.
The Patriots extended their lead, tacking on a pair of runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth to build a 12-1 advantage.
Galway fought back to scrape out a pair of runs in the top of the seventh on a double by Amber Kolpakas and singles from Alaina Aschmutat, Lilly Frederick and Bride Flint to cut the final score to 12-3 in favor of Broadalbin-Perth.
“We have four games this week, three in the league and this non-leaguer,” Galway coach Mike Smith said. “I am down my number two pitcher, my starting catcher and my number three hitter. Jill [Jillian Neahr] pitched today and she hasn’t pitched since seventh grade. We are going to go after the league wins so today was a good practice for us.”
Anna Spadora and Lilly Frederick paced the Golden Eagles with two singles apiece, while Kolpakas had a double and Abigail Gullett, Aschmutat, Flint and Amanda McCray all singled.
“We have Duanesburg tomorrow and Fonda-Fultonville on Friday,” Smith said. “We are looking at those games more than we were looking at today. We are hoping to be right there at the end of the league season.”
Weaver led the Patriots with a home run, double and single, while Adrianna Smith had a double and a single to go with doubles from Megan Bazan, Calderone and Jasewicz. Kuchera, Jocelyn Raponi, Mairead Marsden, and Skylar Eglin all singled.
“I feel like in our league we either have crazy competition or little competition,” Chorba said. “I have been trying to find non-league games to fill that void where we are not blowing people out or getting blown out. I want a good, low-scoring, competitive game.”
Broadalbin-Perth (4-5 overall) returns to Foothills Council play today, hosting Hudson Falls before traveling to play South Glens Falls on Friday.
“This season is totally different from [a winless season] last year,” Chorba said. “I am excited to see what these girls have in store for us. We have no place to go but up.”
Galway 100 000 2 — 3 9 2
Broadalbin-Perth 180 210 x — 12 12 3