GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Huskies led only once in Monday's Foothills Council baseball game against Broadalbin-Perth, but it was at the right time.
Gloversville pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the seventh and scored the game-winner on a throwing error in the bottom of the eighth to escape with a 7-6 victory.
"We fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and came right back, scored three runs and then tied the game up," Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said. "Then they go up by two in the seventh inning. We talked to the kids all year about adversity. When you get behind, you have to fight back. Chris [LeFever] just put the ball in play [in the eighth]. If it was one pitch later, we were going to have the hit and run on. It worked out though; we scored a run. We have given teams a lot of runs this year. Finally, they gave us one."
Gloversville third baseman Anthony Reppenhagen looks for the call as Broadalbin-Perth’s Luigi Magliocca slides safely into third during the second inning of a Foothills Council game Monday at Husky Field. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Gloversville rallied back from a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the seventh with Michael Fancher delivering the key two-run double, sending the game into extra innings tied at six.
Broadalbin-Perth created an opportunity in the top of the eighth with Anthony Visco singling and moving to third on a balk and a wild pitch. Joe Wojcik was hit by a pitch putting runners on first and third with two outs before Alex Vickery enticed R.J. Pingitore to fly out to center field for the final out.
Michael Johnston worked his way on with a one-out walk before LeFever hit a hard grounder to third that was handled by Matt Carter. As the Patriots attempted to turn the double-play, the throw to second missed its mark and sailed into right field. Johnston made the most of the opportunity, sprinting from second to score the game-winner.
"The game ended on an error, but in reality that error should have left the runner on third base if the right fielder had backed up the play better," Broadalbin-Perth coach Dan Simonds said. "He makes that play [the runner] doesn't move. So you have to think about the mental side of the game and we didn't have it today."
The Patriots got off to a strong start with their first four batters reaching base and scoring.
Joe Wojcik and R.J. Pingitore singled and scored on Nick Lee's double. Matt Gage followed with a home run over the center field fence to give B-P a quick 4-0 lead.
"Gage hit a monster shot. I have not seen many baseballs go out of here but that was a bomb," DeMagistris said.
Johnston reached on an error to open the bottom of the first for Gloversville and came around to score on LeFever's double to left field. Cam Oathout walked and advanced to third on Vickery's RBI single to score LeFever.
Vickery engaged the Patriots in a run down on a pick off play long enough for Oathout to score, cutting B-P's lead to 4-3.
The Patriots had a scoring opportunity in the top of the second when a pair of hit batters put runners on second and third with one out. Gloversville starter Chris Fox got out of the jam with a fly ball and a strike out to end the inning. He sat the Patriots down in order in the third and fourth innings as his teammates fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the third.
Oathout drew a walk to lead off the third inning for Gloversville. Chris Mosconi moved Oathout over with his grounder to the left side. However, Oathout did not stop at second but sprinted toward third drawing the through across the infield that sailed out of play, giving Oathout home on the dead ball, tying the game at four.
The Patriots retook the lead in the top of the fifth.
Wojcik reached on a throwing error and came around to score on Lee's single to left for a 5-4 advantage.
B-P tacked on another run In the top of the seventh, when pinch-hitter Adam Welch was hit by a pitch. Luigi Magliocca, who Welch battered for, re-entered to game to run for Welch. Wojcik followed with a single and both runners advanced on Pingitore's sacrifice bunt. Lee worked his way on with a walk to load the bases. Gage singled to left, driving in Magliocca before Wojcik was thrown out at the plate.
The Huskies tied the game at six in the bottom of the seventh with Oathout and Mosconi drawing walks and scoring on Fancher's double to the right-center field gap. Gloversville put the potential go-ahead run on third when Anthony Reppenhagen laid down a bunt off Gage, who came on in relief with one out. Gage got the Patriots out of the inning, striking out Fox for the third out.
"The ball was up [in the first inning], then Fox settled down," DeMagistris said. "When we took him out in the eighth, he was only at 82 pitches. He did an outstanding job settling himself down. He was in control of his off speed stuff and kept people off balance. Then Vickery comes on in a tough situation and does an excellent job getting us out of it. Their top four hitters really sting the ball."
The top of the Patriots batting order accounted for seven of the team's eight hits.
Gage had a home run and a single, while Lee had a double and a single. Wojcik connected for a pair of singles and Pingitore had a single. Anthony Visco, hitting eighth, accounted the B-P's other hit with a single.
"It was good to come out of the box like that," Simonds said. "Our normal leadoff hitter was unable to play today, so Joe Wojcik stepped in and did a real nice job for us getting on base five times. We had to bring up a JV player to play right field. He had a lot of balls hit to him and had a lot of attention on him. He made some plays and didn't make some others. I thought we did a good job playing tonight but we had three errors and made a number of mental mistakes. Frankly, we didn't play our best game today. It is a testament to Pat Brown, a sophomore, who came out and battled really hard on the mound and did a nice job for us to be in the game."
The Huskies connected for seven hits in the game, four of which went for extra bases.
Greg Mosetti had a triple and a single, while Fox, Fancher and LeFever all doubled. Johnston and Vickery round out the GHS hitting with singles.
"It was a great win for us," DeMagistris said. "Everyone contributed. We are above .500 in the league and overall, which is where we want to be. Now we will see what happens the next couple of days with the weather."
Broadalbin-Perth is scheduled to host Gloversville at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
The Huskies' Foothills Council game Friday against Queensbury has been rescheduled from its original 7 p.m. start to 4:15 p.m. Friday at Husky Field.
Gloversville 7, Broadalbin-Perth 6, 8 innings
Broadalbin-Perth400 010 10 - 6 8 3
Gloversville301 000 21 - 7 7 1
Pingitore, P. Brown (4), Gage (7), Lee (8) and Lee, Winney (8); Fox, Vickery (8) and Mosetti.