JOHNSTOWN - The Amsterdam Rams fell behind early and couldn't fight their way back against the Troy Flying Horses Friday. A pair of late rallies in the final innings fell short as Amsterdam dropped their home opener 7-2.
Playing at Fulton-Montgomery Community College due to Shuttleworth Park being unplayable, Amsterdam (0-2 overall) sent sophomore Kyle Sherlock to the hill. The lefty allowed five of the first six batters he faced to reach base, with three of them coming around to score. After Vinny LeClair walked to kick off the game and Brandon Bush was hit by a pitch, Michael Hughes singled up the middle. The ball got past Amsterdam center fielder Julian Gallup, allowing two runs to score. Michael Yamin added a single and Brian Seabury roped an RBI double before Sherlock induced two fly outs to end the inning.
"[with Sherlock] Being a sophomore I had a feeling there'd be some nerves there," Amsterdam head coach Brian Spagnola said. "He came out and walked the first guy and hit the next guy, but he settled down."
Amsterdam starting pitcher Kyle Sherlock delivers a pitch to the plate in the Rams’ Big 10 Conference game Friday at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
Amsterdam got two runs back in the home half of the first. Gallup led off with a single to right field and Kolbie Glionna knocked him in with a booming double to center. Eric Robertshaw then reached on an error that allowed Glionna to make his way home.
Yamin, Troy's starting pitcher, kept the Rams off balance after a shaky first frame. Jared Gallup picked up three singles in the ballgame, but the Rams didn't threaten until the sixth inning.
Sherlock gave up an RBI single to Connor McGrath in the third but retired the Flying Horses in order in the fourth. After striking out Zach Hughes looking to begin the fifth, Sherlock allowed the next two base runners to reach before being pulled in favor of Brett Flint.
"I thought he [Sherlock] threw good for a 10th-grader pitching against a team that can swing the bat a little bit," Spagnola said. "I thought he threw good enough to win with a couple of tough breaks here and there, but he's certainly got a big future I think."
A series of miscues in the inning, including a wild pitch and an error at third base, allowed two more runs to score and give Troy a 6-2 advantage. A pair of doubles in the sixth gave the Flying Horses a 5-run lead.
Ben Rhodes led off Amsterdam's half of the sixth with a single to center field. After Yamin induced a double play to clear the bases, three Rams found their way on in hopes of a 2-out rally. Flint grounded out harmlessly to first to end the threat.
Andrew Rouse came in to pitch the seventh for the Rams and made quick work of the Flying Horses. Rouse led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and Kyle Agresta followed with a pinch-hit walk of his own. Robertshaw singled to right to load the bases for the second straight inning, but Yamin dug deep for a strikeout before getting Anthony Noce to ground into a game-ending double play.
Spagnola was pleased with his team's patience late in the game. The Rams drew five walks in the final three innings but couldn't get the big hit.
"We had nine base runners in the last three innings," Spagnola said. "It's early in the season so hopefully we'll start getting some hits to fall. I certainly feel we have the ability to be a good team by the end of the year."
Yamin scattered eight hits over the course of his complete game and struck out five. Jared Gallup was the only Ram to tally multiple knocks.
Amsterdam will travel to Troy for the second game of a home and home on Monday with revenge on their minds.
Troy 7, Amsterdam 2
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Yamin and Julian; Sherlock, Flint (5), Rouse (7) and Noce