Black Horses top Braves for tournament championship

FONDA – On the final day of the regular season for high school baseball teams, the champion of the Gloversville Dugout Club Baseball Tournament was crowned.

On Monday, Schuylerville and Fonda-Fultonville squared off at Fonda-Fultonville High School to play the title game that was postponed due to rain on April 26, with the Black Horses defeating the host Braves 7-3 to take home the championship trophy.

The Black Horses came charging out of the gate, with Schuylerville’s Tanner Dunkel scoring early in the first inning off Matt Saddlemire’s double.

That set the tone for the second and third innings for Schuylerville, scoring five runs including back-to-back scores by Codie Brown and Dunkel to start the second inning.

The Braves got off to a slow start, going scoreless in the first four innings before going on a run of their own. Fonda-Fultonville’s Lucas Calkins and Baylee Hall put the Braves on the scoreboard with back-to-back scores to cut the Black Horses’ lead to 6-2 in the fifth inning. Anthony Sinicropi scored the Braves’ final run off an RBI hit from Calkins.

The nail in the coffin came from Schuylerville’s Joey Braim, who hit a home run to seal the game early in the seventh inning as the Black Horses closed out the 7-3 victory.

“I think we played a good team, they’ve only lost two league games,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Rick Palumbo said. “We didn’t start out well. I didn’t want to throw my 1, 2 or 3 pitcher today, we have sectionals coming up Thursday. The kid that I started [Zach Valachovic] has won some games for us this year, he just didn’t have it today. We didn’t play good defense. The first two or three innings we were losing balls all over the place, but then I thought we played really good defense after that and I thought our catcher [Anthony Sinicropi] made some great throws today. We also had some great throws in the outfield to get runners at the plate; a lot of that stuff was really good.”

Schuylerville (15-2) enters the Class BB tournament as the No. 4 seed and received a first-round bye. The Black Horses advance to the quarterfinals and will host No. 5 Albany Academy (14-3) on Thursday at Schuylerville High School.

Fonda-Fultonville (10-9) received the fifth seed in the Class B tournament and will travel to play No. 4 Stillwater (7-8) in a quarterfinal game Thursday at 4 p.m.

“Finally at the end of the game, our bats started to see a little bit of light, because our bats have been absolutely dormant for about four games,” Palumbo said. “We have to find a way to get those bats back to life like it was in the middle and beginning of the season. The last four to five games, they have been really, really dormant. I think if we figure that out, we’re going to be a tough out in the playoffs. I think we can do a lot of damage in the Class B’s if we wake up, but we have to wake up.”

Schuylerville 7, Fonda-Fultonville 3

Schuylerville132 000 1 – 7 12 1

Fonda-Fultonville000 021 0 – 3 4 3

Saddlemire and Patrick; Valachovic and Sinicropi.