GLOVERSVILLE - A break in the weather finally allowed the Gloversville Huskies to take to the field for their home opener Wednesday.
However, a strong performance from South Glens Falls pitcher Josh Hay and hot hitting from Mitch Fearis cast a shadow over the game as the Bulldogs defeated Gloversville 5-1 Wednesday at Husky Field.
Gloversville starting pitcher Kyle Casimiro and Hay locked up in an early pitching duel with Gloversville's Justin Putnam getting the lone hit for either team in the opening innings.
Gloversville third baseman Anthony Oathout tags out South Glens Falls’ Travis Schrammel as he attempted to steal third during Wednesday’s Foothills Council game at Husky Field. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
South High broke through for its first hit and first run in the top of the third.
Cole Jankowski opened the inning, reaching on an error, but Gloversville held South High in check, as Casimiro struck out the next batter and Jankowski was erased on Travis Kirk's fielder's choice. Fearis came through with the clutch hit, a double, to score Kirk for a 1-0 Bulldog lead.
Hay did not allow the Huskies a chance to answer the run, as he struck out the side in the bottom of the third.
Casimiro and the Huskies kept South High in check, allowing only an infield single to Steve Hubinsky in the top of the fifth.
Gloversville had an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth when Anthony Oathout drew a lead-off walk. Casimiro advanced Oathout with a sacrifice bunt. Hay battled back to strike out Kevin Johnston before walking Marcus Mahoney to put runners on first and second with two outs.
Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Hay got out of the inning striking out Mike Murray.
The Bulldogs built on the momentum in the top of the sixth with Fearis and Travis Schrammel delivering back-to-back doubles to open the inning and open a 2-0 lead. Schrammel worked his way home on a pair of wild pitches to build the Bulldogs' advantage to 3-0.
This time Gloversville had an answer.
Chris Rockefeller hit a hard grounder past third baseman Chris Mead and David Vandenabeele reached on a throwing error by Hay on an infield grounder. Rockefeller came around to score on the play, cutting South High's lead to 3-1.
However, South High tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh off Putnam, who came on in relief of Casimiro to secure the 5-1 victory.
Hay stayed ahead of the Gloversville batters in the count allowing only two hits, while striking out 11.
"That [staying ahead in the count] has been our focus over the last week because he has been walking lead-off guys at different times in his outings," South Glens Falls coach Al Vasak said. "He wanted to get ahead of them. [Gloversville] made an adjustment and were jumping on his fastball early but our outfielders made some good plays behind him. We had some guys who had not gotten a lot of at bats like Jankowski. He came up with that hit that gave us some more breathing room down the stretch and made it a little bit easier."
Casimiro allowed five hits in six innings of work, striking out two and walking one. Rockefeller and Putnam picked up Gloversville's lone hits, both singles.
"We put the ball in play but he did strike us out 11 times, six times looking," Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said. "We try to preach to our guys when you get two strikes you have to just try to put the ball in play. Home plate umpires like to ring guys up and we can't go down with our bats on our shoulders. We had a couple of errors that cost us runs, but we haven't been on a field. This is just our fourth time on a field, but I did expect more out of our guys today. We need to bounce back from this [today] against Queensbury then again on Friday."
South Glens Falls 5, Gloversville 1
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Hay and Brown; Casimiro, Putnam (7) and Murray.