Lady Bills rally past B-P, earn first win

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Lady Bills stormed back from a 7-0 deficit to slip past the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots 13-9 in a rain-shortened, six-inning affair at Johnstown High School Tuesday.

The win was the first of the season for the Lady Bills (1-7 overall, 1-6 Foothills), who found themselves in a seven-run hole before stepping up to the plate in the bottom of the first.

Ten of the first 11 batters Johnstown starting pitcher Jackie Claburn faced reached base, seven of which came by way of the walk. Nicole Traver and Keyana Fariello each doubled in the inning, and Traver picked up an RBI single after the Lady Patriots batted around. Danielle Aceto came on in relief of Claburn, but not before seven runs were in for Broadalbin-Perth.

The Lady Bills got two runs back in the home half of the first to cut into the deficit. The second batter of the frame, Meghan Ledoux, walked and advanced to third following two wild pitches by Broadalbin-Perth’s starter Traver. Ellen Praught knocked her in with an infield single one batter later and she found her way home on a wild pitch later in the inning. Ledoux picked up an RBI single in the second to make the score 7-3, but Johnstown did most of their damage in the third.

Briana Esposito walked and Mallory Baldwin singled to begin the inning. They came around to score following a pair of Lady Patriot errors, but the big blow came off the bat of Ledoux. With the bases juiced, Johnstown’s shortstop rocked a bases-clearing triple to left that gave the Lady Bills a lead they wouldn’t relinquish at 8-7.

Aceto cruised through the middle innings for Johnstown as the Lady Bills built on their lead. A pair of dropped third strikes in the fourth allowed extra baserunners to reach, and Johnstown pushed three runs across without the benefit of a hit. That trend continued in the top of the fifth as the Lady Patriots sent eight to the plate and scored twice without tallying a base knock. Baldwin and Zoe Reid each singled home a run in the fifth to put Johnstown up 13-9, and Aceto retired three straight in the sixth after surrendering a walk to Courtney Oare before the game was declared official.

Despite hanging nine runs on the scoreboard, the Lady Patriots only registered three hits.

They were patient at the plate, however, and drew 15 walks. The Lady Bills walked eight times.

It is worth noting that many of the odd trends and crooked numbers involved in the ballgame were the result of pouring rain that fell for the entire contest, and less-than-ideal playing conditions.

Both teams are scheduled to be in action Thursday, with Johnstown hosting South Glens Falls and the Lady Patriots traveling to Queensbury to take on the Lady Spartans. Both games are slated for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch.

Johnstown 13, Broadalbin-Perth 9

Broadalbin-Perth700 020 – 9 3 3

Johnstown215 32x – 13 7 1

Traver, Oare (4) and Smith; Claburn, Aceto (1) and Esposito