Salvagni’s one-hitter gives Huskies first win
GLOVERSVILLE – Sam Salvagni’s first varsity start at Husky Field was a memorable one.
The Gloversville sophomore pitcher threw six innings of no-hit ball before surrendering a hit in the top of the seventh.
Salvagni settled down after the hit to earn the 15-3 one-hit, complete game victory over Hudson Falls Friday at Husky Field.
“He is a lefty that throws strikes and has a lot of potential,” Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said. “In a 15-0 game I probably would have taken another kid out, but he had a no-hitter going and it was his game. I asked him after the game if he knew he had a no-hitter going into the seventh and he shook his head and said yes. The kid [Collin Remsen] put a good bat on the ball, but Sam pitched a nice game.”
Friday’s win, coming on the heels of Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Queensbury, was the first of the season for Gloversville.
“Two great outings from our pitchers,” DeMagistris said. “I thought the strength of our team this year was going to be our pitching staff. I still believe that. I think we have three quality starters and they are all underclassmen. Last night was big for us and then to come back tonight and score 15 runs is good for us.”
The Huskies (1-3 overall, 1-2 Foothills) scored their first run without the benefit of a hit in the first inning. Zak Funk drew a lead-off walk, stole second and third and crossed the plate when Austin Luci was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Gloversville blew the game open in the bottom of the second, sending 13 batters to the plate, producing eight runs on six hits.
Brad Mulligan delivered a key hit in the inning, connecting for a two RBI triple to right field. Ben Chase had two hits, both singles, as the Huskies pulled away to a 9-0 advantage.
Gloversville added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Mulligan, Justin Putnam, Luci, Salvagni and Zack Frazier hit consecutive singles with Salvagni picking up an RBI and Frazier getting two RBIs to up the lead to 13-0.
Meanwhile, Salvagni was cruising along on the mound, allowing four Hudson Falls base runners – two on walks, a hit batter and one on an error – through six innings and striking out eight.
Putnam, Salvagni and Frazier all singled again in the bottom of the sixth to up the score to 15-0.
Jacob Lynch led off the top of the seventh for the Tigers and worked his way on with a walk, before Remsen delivered the Tigers’ first hit of the game, a double to right-center, to score Lynch and break up Salvagni’s no-hit and shut out bid.
Hudson Falls added two more runs with the benefit of a sacrifice fly, hit batter and a fielding error.
Salvagni settled down to get his ninth strikeout of the game and entice a grounder to short to close out the 15-3 Foothills Council victory.
Salvagni helped himself at the plate with three hits, three RBIs and scoring twice. Mulligan had a triple and a single to go with two RBIs. Chase, Putnam, Luci and Frazier had two singles apiece with Frazier also collecting three RBIs.
The Huskies host Fonda-Fultonville tonight at Husky Field in the opening round of the annual Gloversville Dug Out Club Baseball Tournament. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Broadalbin-Perth and Schuylerville will play their opening round game at Schuylerville High School at noon.
The tournament championship and consolation games are scheduled to be played April 26 at Husky Field.
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