BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Patriots rally for second-straight victory

BROADALBIN – Logan DeNeuville struck out 16 Mayfield Panthers and gave up just one hit in seven dominant innings of work Thursday, but the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots still found themselves trailing heading into the home half of the final frame.

With a little bit of help from Mayfield, the Patriots pushed across two runs to pick up a 4-3 victory in walk-off fashion. The win was Broadalbin-Perth’s second straight after suffering through an arduous 10-game losing streak.

Broadalbin-Perth (4-11 overall, 3-8 Foothills) got off to an ominous start as DeNeuville walked three batters and the Patriots committed two errors in the first inning. Each error was costly as the Panthers (3-11 overall, 3-9 WAC) tallied three runs as a direct result. DeNeuville took it upon himself to tighten things up, surrendering a single to Jordan VanNostrand in the second before striking out the side in the following three innings. DeNeuville walked seven in total, but no Panther made it past second base in the final five innings.

“He [DeNeuville] was fantastic and he didn’t get the help that he needed in the first inning,” Broadalbin-Perth head coach Dan Simonds said. “He’s very young and he’s got a bright future in front of him. If he learns to harness [the walks], he’s going to be a dangerous weapon for us going forward for the next couple of years.”

While Mayfield starting pitcher Austin Lair didn’t overpower the Patriots’ lineup, he was just as effective for most of the ball game. He scattered six hits over six-plus innings but didn’t allow a run until the fourth. Noah Martin led off the fourth with a single and Lair walked DeNeuville later in the frame. A wild pitch followed by a throwing error allowed both runs to score and cut Mayfield’s lead to 3-2.

A stalemate ensued in the late stages, but the table was set for Broadalbin-Perth after DeNeuville retired the side on strikeouts for the fourth time in the seventh inning to bring his strikeout total to 16.

Lair walked Andrew Gorzycki to kick off the bottom half of the inning and hit Luigi Magliocca one batter later. Bobby Gates came on in relief and struck out Brett Getman, but an RBI groundout off the bat of Connor Pingitore led to the Panthers unraveling. Mayfield first baseman Luke VanNostrand threw wide of third base after recording the putout, allowing Magliocca to scamper home with the game-winning run.

“A week ago we would not have been able to do that,” Simonds said. “We got a good win against Johnstown the other day, and these kids have kind of found a little bit of a groove and they’ve found an identity and there’s a little bit of life back in the team.”

Magliocca and Martin led the way for the Patriots, tallying a pair of hits apiece.

Broadalbin-Perth will look to build on its winning streak tonight in a rematch with the Sir Bills in Johnstown at 7 p.m., while Mayfield will look to right the ship on the road at Canajoharie today at 4:30 p.m.

Broadalbin-Perth 4, Mayfield 3

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Western Athletic Conference

Fort Plain 8, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 4

FORT PLAIN – The Hilltoppers improved their record to 12-0 overall and 11-0 in the league with Thursday’s win.

Jesse Heroth had two singles, two RBIs and two stolen bases for Fort Plain, while Drew Fureno had a double, two stolen bases, an RBI and two runs scored.

Brad Smith connected for two singles and three RBIs for the Wolves, while Devon Battisti had two singles and an RBI and Johnny Viccarelli double and scored twice.

The win sets up a showdown between Saratoga Catholic and Fort Plain Monday in a battle of the unbeatens. The teams will play a double-header with games slated at 4:30 and 7 p.m. at Geyser Park in Saratoga Springs.

The win also was Coach Craig Phillips’ 708th of his career, putting him one win ahead of Coach Dom Cecere of Eastchester High School in the NYSPHSAA baseball coaches victories list.

Fort Plain 8, OESJ 4

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Trumble, Viccarelli (5) and Johnson; May, Orologio (3), Bliechner (6) and Fureno.

Colonial Council

Fonda-Fultonville 3, Cobleskill-Richmondville 2

COBLESKILL -The Fonda-Fultonville Braves clinched a play-off berth with their extra-inning victory over Cobleskill-Richmondville on Thursday.

The Braves (10-4 overall, 7-4 Colonial Council) got a single and an RBI from Pat Hart, while Baylee Hall, Anthony Sinicropi, Rob O’Kisky, Brandon Baker and Tony Angioli all singled.

Fonda-Fultonville 3, Cobleskill-Richmondville 2 (10 innings)

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Myers, Hall (5) and Sinicropi; Almy, Campbell (7), McCarthy (7) and Billington.

Big 10

Catholic Central 7, Amsterdam 2

TROY – Sparked by Jack Engster’s bases-loaded, two-RBI single, the Crusaders put six runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth en route to defeating the Rams Thursday.

Kolbie Gkionna led the Rams (7-4) with a double and a single.

Catholic Central 7, Amsterdam 2

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Sherlock and Noce; Glazer, Engster (7) and Hansen.