GLOVERSVILLE - Three days after Connor Rodecker allowed two hits in five innings of work in Johnstown's 13-4 win over Gloversville, senior ace Joe Nellis allowed just three hits in seven innings for the Sir Bills against the Huskies.
Nellis struck out 13 and walked none on his way to a 5-0 victory for Johnstown at Husky Field on Thursday.
While Monday's contest took nearly two-and-a-half hours to complete in frigid conditions, Thursday's game took less than 90 minutes to complete on a much warmer night.
Johnstown’s Richie Lee, left, is tagged out by Gloversville third baseman Marcus Mahoney during Thursday’s Foothills Council game at Husky Field in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
After a rough first inning that saw Johnstown score three times on three hits, a walk and two errors, Gloversville pitcher Kyle Casimiro settled in and allowed just five hits the rest of the way.
Casimiro finished with eight strikeouts, and two walks.?Heallowed eight hits.
"Kyle [Casimiro] pitched a great game," Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said. "He kept guys off balance, but we've got to play defense behind him to give ourselves a shot."
Nellis was even sharper, allowing just one hit through five innings as just three Gloversville hitters reached first base.
"Joe [Nellis] was sharp today," Mraz said. "He just competes on the mound. He's a great athlete. He's mentally tough and nothing rattles him."
Johnstown did most of its damage in the top of the first as Richie Lee led off the game with a single before scoring on a single by Joe Nellis. Connor Rodecker added a two-run single for the Sir Bills, scoring Joe Nellis and Adam Caputo.
"I give [Johnstown] credit. They capitalized on our mistakes," DeMagistris said. "We should have gotten out of the first without them scoring any runs, but instead they put three on the board."
The Sir Bills added one run to their lead in the top of the third as Joe Nellis smacked a one-out double to left field before scoring on a double by Rodecker.
As Johnstown surged to a 4-0 lead, Gloversville went down in order in each of the first three innings as Nellis fanned five of the first nine batters he faced.
The Sir Bills scored the game's final run in the top of the fourth as a two-out single by Dan Nellis scored Josh Brown, who led off the inning with a single. Lee also had a single in the inning for Johnstown.
Gloversville registered its first hit in the bottom of the fourth when Chris Rockefeller sent a two-out single to right field.
After both sides went down in order in the fifth, Casimiro sat Johnstown down in order in the top of the sixth with a pair of strikeouts and a flyout.
"Casimiro settled in and pitched well," Mraz said. "He pitched a tremendous game."
Gloversville put its first two hitters on in the bottom of the sixth, getting a single from Marcus Mahoney and a bunt single from Mike Murray.
However, Joe Nellis struck out Justin Putnam, Kevin Johnston and Rockefeller in order to end the threat.
Both pitchers put the opposition down in order in the seventh as Johnstown sent the Huskies to their seventh straight loss, 5-0.
"We didn't make the plays in the first inning," DeMagistris said. "When you spot a team three runs in the first inning, you make it tough on yourself. We need to make the routine play, and we haven't done that all year."
Lee finished the game 2-for-3 for Johnstown, while Joe Nellis and Rodecker each had a double and a single.
Johnstown ends the regular season with a 12-7 overall record and a 9-5 Foothills Council mark. The Sir Bills now await the pairings for the Section II Class B Tournament, which will be announced Monday.
"It's nice to have a few days off to rest before sectionals," Mraz said. "We'll refocus and see where we fall on Monday. I think we have a chance to make some noise in sectionals."
Gloversville (6-13 overall, 4-10 Foothills) will host Fonda-Fultonville today at 4 p.m. in the consolation game of the rain-delayed Gloversville Tournament at Husky Field. Broadalbin-Perth will face Schuylerville in the championship game at 7 p.m.
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Nellis and Caputo; Casimiro and Murray.