GLOVERSVILLE - A little home cooking helped.
Facing the same Queensbury squad that dealt them a 19-0, no-hit loss Monday, the Gloversville Huskies played their home opener Thursday afternoon at Husky Field.
Being on their home diamond helped the Huskies recover slightly from that loss, as their bats came alive and the defense came up with rally-stopping plays throughout the game.
Gloversville catcher Austin Luci shows the umpire the ball after tagging Queensbury’s Steve Gedney out at the plate during sixth inning action Thursday at Husky Field. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Despite the improved performance, the Huskies could not overcome the experience of the Spartans and came up on the short end of the hard-fought 1-0 score.
"We battled today against a very good baseball team," Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said. "Anthony Oathout pitched a fantastic game. He was ahead in the count for six-plus innings. He threw his curve ball and change-up for strikes and mixed in his fastball to get good hitters out. We had to play small-ball and forced them to make plays that most other teams cannot. They turned a double play on a sacrifice bunt."
Justin Putnam ensured that the Huskies (0-3 overall, 0-2 Foothills) would not be no-hit again by the Spartans by lining a double to deep left field with two outs in the bottom of the first.
Queensbury (4-0 overall, 2-0 Foothills) put what would be the winning run on the board in the top of the second.
Joe Marasco led off with a single and advanced to second on a bobbled ball in the outfield. Ryan Flansburg followed with a double to the gap in left center to score Marasco and put the Spartans up 1-0.
Flansburg responded on the mound by striking out the Huskies in order in the bottom of the inning.
Queensbury threatened again in the top of the third, drawing walks and putting runners in scoring position before Oathout found a pitching rhythm to pick up a pair of strikeouts and get out of the jam.
Gloversville created opportunities in the bottom of the third as Zack Frazier and Zak Funk both singled but were gunned down attempting to steal second by Spartans' catcher Chris Pontiff.
Queensbury again put runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth, but could not get a run home because of the Huskies' defense.
Pontiff led off the inning with a single, but was caught stealing by Gloversville catcher Austin Luci. Steve Gedney delivered a two-out double off the left field wall, and Eric Daley followed with a line-drive single to left.
Funk got to Daley's single quickly and came up firing, throwing the ball on one hop to Luci to nail Gedney at the plate for the third out.
"Luci picked one out of the dirt and makes a great throw to get the guy at second, and Funk makes great play," DeMagistris said of the plays. "He puts the throw right on line to the cut-off man who made a smart move to let the ball go through. It one hops to the catcher and it is a bang-bang play for an out at the plate."
Queensbury came up with the big play to shut down a Gloversville threat in the bottom of the sixth.
Frazier led off with a double, but was tagged out at third when Pontiff, who was on the mound in relief of Flansburg, corralled Jordan Himpsl's sacrifice bunt attempt and fired it to Daley at third to get the out.
The Huskies quickly got through the top of the seventh and gave themselves a chance to pull out the victory in their final at bat.
Luci lined a one-out single and was pinch-run for by Nick Herrlett. Sam Salvagni worked his way on with a walk, giving the Huskies runners on first and second with one out.
Pontiff bore down, striking out the final two batters to end the threat and secure the victory.
Pontiff finished the game with five strike outs, while Flansburg had four in four innings of work. Gadney and Pontiff had doubles for the Spartans, while Eric Wettersten had two singles.
Oathout finished with three strike outs in seven innings on the mound. At the plate, Frazier had a double and a single, while Putnam had a double.
"We are excited about the way we played, not happy about the loss but it keeps us hungry and looking for that first win," DeMagistris said. "Defensively, we played great and the bats are starting to come around. We are going to get there."
Queensbury 1, Gloversville 0
Queensbury010 000 0 - 1 8 0
Gloversville000 000 0 - 0 6 1
Flansburg, Pontiff (5) and Pontiff, Gedney (5); Oathout and Luci.