GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Huskies got a solid outing from starting pitcher Justin Putnam and made solid contact with the ball at the plate. But when they make a mistake, the Glens Falls Indians were able to take advantage of it.
Clinging to a one-run lead, the Indians made the most of two fielding errors in the top of the sixth to put three runs on the board to defeat the Huskies 5-1 Monday at Husky Field.
"Once again we had great pitching," Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said. "The first inning we kind of threw them a run because we didn't communicate well enough on the infield. Then with the two bunts [in the sixth inning] we needed to get the outs. I told the guys after the game that getting the outs was more important than getting the lead runner in that case. Get the sure out and that takes the pressure off our defense. Credit Glens Falls, they got the bunt down and we didn't field it twice in one inning. They were able to string a couple of base hits together and score a couple of runs."
Glens Falls shortstop Colin Duell (7) watches as second baseman Justin Nolan (1) backs up the play on a stolen base by Gloversville’s Zak Funk (2) during a Foothills Council game Monday at Husky Field in Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Huskies appeared ready to survive a one-out, first-inning single by the Indians' Clark Wooley. However, a passed ball and a fielding error kept the inning alive and allowed Wooley to cross the plate for a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies got the run back in the bottom of the second.
Sam Salvagni led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on an error.
Zak Funk came through with the timely hit, a two-out RBI single to tie the game at one.
Glens Falls put a runner in scoring position in the top of the fifth, when Justin Nolan led off with a double. Again, an error by the Huskies led to Nolan scoring to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.
The Huskies looked to quickly answer the run in the bottom of the fifth.
Putnam connected on a drive to deep right field that Nolan made a running catch on to turn a potential extra-base hit into an out.
Brad Mulligan turned a 13-pitch at-bat into a single for the Huskies and Austin Luci followed with a single before Glens Falls got out of the inning.
The Indians broke the game open in the top of the sixth, with Nolan Murphy hitting a lead-off double and Dave Mauro collected the RBI with a single to left.
A pair of misplayed bunts loaded the bases, before an error while retrieving Pat Bolton's single allowed two runs to score and give Glens Falls a 5-1 lead.
Gloversville again tried to answer the call, hitting the ball solidly to the outfield, but the Indians were in position to make the catches and keep the Huskies from rallying.
"We hit the ball hard but it was right at people," DeMagistris said. "We couldn't come up with the timely hit. We had the bases loaded with two outs and hit it to somebody. Putnam hit one to deep right field I thought off his bat was over his head for a triple but the kid makes a running catch on it. That is the way our season has been."
Wooley and Bolton combined to give up five hits, strike out three and walk one batter but were helped by nine put outs from their outfielders.
Bolton, Murphy and Nolan all doubled for the Indians with Bolton adding a pair of singles.
Mulligan finished with two singles for Gloversville, while Luci, Salvagni and Zak Funk all singled.
"We are a young group but our guys are competing and we are fielding it defensively just we make young mistakes," DeMagistris said. "We will get better."
Gloversville and Glens Falls will square off again today in Glens Falls to complete the Foothills Council series.
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Wooley, Bolton (5) and Bolton, Murphy (5); Putnam and Luci.