B-P defeats Warrensburg at Doubleday
COOPERSTOWN – After committing nine errors in its 11-1 Foothills Council loss to Johnstown on Monday, the Broadalbin-Perth baseball team were looking for a way to regroup and put that game behind them.
They knew the perfect place to go, Doubleday Field in Cooperstown for their annual non-league game with Warrensburg.
The Patriots broke out to an early 4-1 lead before the Burghers rallied back to take the lead 6-4 with a four run sixth inning.
The Patriots fought back, getting one run in the bottom of the sixth and pushing the winning run across the plate with one out in the bottom of the seventh for the official 7-6 victory. However, following tradition, the teams played out the entire nine-inning game with the Patriots finishing up with a 12-6 victory.
“It was good to see the guys come back and really start to hit the ball,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Dan Simonds said. “We also made today our senior day. All the seniors started and everybody got in the game today.”
Broadalbin-Perth starting pitcher greeted the Burghers by striking out the side in the top of the first and the Patriots were off and running.
Luigi Magliocca drew a walk to lead off the game, stole second and sprinted home on a throwing error to give B-P a quick 1-0 advantage.
After Warrensburg tied the game at one in the top of the second, Brown singled and stole second. Matt Myers followed with a one-out single to advance Brown to third before stealing second to set the plate for Aaron Fonda.
In only his second plate appearance of the season, Fonda hit a hard grounder up the middle for a two-run single but was called out at second when he attempted to take the base on a throw to the plate,
The Patriots picked up another run in the bottom of the third when Tim Gordon drove the ball over the left field fence, well beyond the 356-foot marking for a solo home run and a 4-1 Broadalbin-Perth lead.
The Burghers chipped away at the Patriots lead before taking a 6-4 lead in the top of the sixth.
Mike Visco started the Patriots comeback with a leadoff single in the bottom of the sixth. He came around to score on Noah Martin’s slow roller down the first base line to trim the lead to 6-5.
The Patriots went back to work in the bottom of the seventh.
Phil Hemstreet opened the inning with a walk and was pinch-run for Magliocca. Logan Ackley reached on an error before Brandon Rafferty bunted his way on to load the bases.
Anthony Visco lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right field allowing Magliocca to cross the plate with the tying run.
Mike Visco hit a high chopper to deep second base that gave everyone time to reach base, including Ackley scoring the game winner, before a play could be made to close out the official game score at 7-6 in favor of B-P.
In the continued play, Gordon picked up two more RBIs with his double down the left field line and Anthony Payne delivered two more runs to the plate with his RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
The Patriots return to Foothills Council play today at 4:30 p.m. with a home game against Gloversville.