GLOVERSVILLE - The South Glens Falls Bulldogs were off and running Wednesday at Husky Field.
Host Gloversville and South High hammered out nine hits on a cold, blustery day at Husky Field. However the Bulldogs swiped 14 stolen bases en route to defeating the Huskies 7-3 for the Foothills Council victory.
Even though it's still early in the season, Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said the second loss to the Bulldogs this week has put the pressure on his team.
Gloversville catcher Austin Luci tags South Glens Falls’ Zach Ahrens out at the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s Foothills Council game at Husky Field. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"Our backs are against the wall," DeMagistris said. "We are 1-4 [in the Foothills Council] and our goal is to make sectionals. Now we really have to fight hard with the heart of our schedule coming up. We need to go get one on Friday against Hudson Falls. I know we beat them here but it is no easy trip when we go to Hudson Falls. It is a long ride and we have to be ready to play."
The Bulldogs opened strong, with Zach Ahrens drawing a lead-off walk and stealing second. Jacob Dubay singled and Ahrens attempted to score from second, but was gunned down at the plate on a throw from left fielder Zak Funk. While the Huskies got the out, they lost starting catcher Austin Luci on the play with a hand injury.
The Huskies grabbed the early lead in the bottom of the first, with Zack Frazier and Brad Mulligan hitting back-to-back singles and Seth Weeden picking up an RBI with his ground out to the right side.
The Bulldogs responded with a five hit, six stolen base, five run second inning to take a 5-1 lead. All five runs came with two outs.
Gloversville could not answer the scoring as South High starting pitcher Rob Olsen set the Huskies down in order in the bottom of the inning.
The Huskies cut into the lead in the bottom of the third.
Justin Putnam led off with a single and advanced on Frazier's ground out. Mulligan and Weeden followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. Sam Salvagni lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Putnam, and Ben Chase scored Mulligan with an RBI single to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 5-3.
South High again used its speed on the base paths to its advantage.
With two outs, Ahrens drew a walk and stole second and third before Dubay joined him on the bases with a walk.
They pulled off a double steal, with Ahrens taking home to build the lead to 6-3.
Again Olsen answered, setting the Huskies down 1-2-3 in the inning.
The Bulldogs tacked on another run in the top of the seventh to up the score to 7-3.
Gloversville responded to the run with a two-out rally to load the bases before Dubay snagged a hard-hit line-drive off the bat of Chase to end the game.
"They scored six runs with two outs," DeMagistris said. "The five runs they scored in the second inning, I am not sure if they should have been scored. Anthony Oathout pitched well enough to win for us today. He had one bad inning and I feel we should have been out of that inning."
Oathout recorded seven strikeouts and walked three in six innings of work, while Olsen finished with four strikeouts and two walks.
Ahrens finished with seven stolen bases for the Bulldogs, while going 3 for 3. Dubay also had three singles and stole four bases.
Mulligan finished with three hits on the day for the Huskies, while Putnam had a pair of singles.
Gloversville (1-6 overall, 1-4 Foothills) travels to Hudson Falls Friday before hosting Broadalbin-Perth in the consolation game of the Gloversville Dug Out Club Baseball Tournament Saturday at Husky Field. The Patriots and Huskies play at 3 p.m., while Schuylerville and Fonda-Fultonville play in the championship game at 7 p.m.
South Glens Falls 7, Gloversville 3
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Gloversville102 000 0 - 3 9 0
Olsen and Brown; Oathout, Salvagni (7) and Luci, Herrlett (1).