Broadalbin-Perth tops Amsterdam

Broadalbin-Perth’s Alex Gardner dives back to first base under the tag of Amsterdam first baseman Ryan Bradt during Foothills Council action Wednesday at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

AMSTERDAM – After splitting a doubleheader with Gloversville on Monday, the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots returned to their winning form Wednesday.

Sparked by a triple from Jack Szumowski and an RBI double from Jack Marsden, the Patriots put together a three-run second inning and battled out of a couple tight jams to pick up the 5-2 Foothills Council victory Wednesday night at Shuttleworth Park.

“We kept it close enough to win, we just couldn’t get that big hit when we had a couple of guys on base,” Amsterdam coach Robby Hisert said. “It’s one of those games where you felt like you played pretty much good enough to win, but they did, too,”

Starting pitchers Tyler Safran for Amsterdam and Brodryk Benton for Broadalbin-Perth came out firing in the opening inning and set the tone for a possible pitcher’s duel.

However, that changed in the second inning when an injury forced Safran from the mound but not the game as he took over at third, while Trey Ausfeld took over the duties on the mound.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Matt Hinderliter scrambles as Amsterdam shortstop Jeffrey Brennan chases him down on an attempted steal during Foothills Council action Wednesday at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

“We were ready to go with Safran today, and he started OK, then all of a sudden it was kind of a freak thing where he caught his thumb on his hand and it started bugging him a little bit,” Hisert said. “It was a good thing he could stay in the game at third, and Trey came in and pitched great for us — especially on short notice.”

The Patriots pushed a couple more runs across the plate with the help of an Amsterdam error and an RBI single from Matt Hinderliter to build a 3-0 lead.

The Rams got a run back in the bottom of the third when Jake Greco singled up the middle and stole second. Safran joined him on the bases with a two-out walk and Jeffrey Brennan reached with an infield single to load the bases. Trey Ausfeld worked the count to pick up an RBI with a walk and keep the bases loaded before Benton got Ryan Bradt to ground out for the final out and get out of the jam.

The Patriots put their lead back up to three runs in the top of the fourth when Jake Galarneau doubled with two outs and came around to score when Dante Calderone reached on a throwing error for a 4-1 advantage.

Benton kept the Rams from responding by getting Francisco Andres Rodriguez-Santana to ground out and then closed out the inning with a pair of strikeouts.

“We expect Brodryk to do that every time he steps onto the mound,” Broadalbin-Perth coach R.J. Pingitore said. “He’s been a horse all year. After coming back early from his leg injury last year, we didn’t get to use him as much as we’d like on the mound. He’s come back full force on the mound this year, ready to go, and he’s been dominant on the mound all year.”

The Patriots added an insurance run in the top of the fifth.

After issuing back-to-back walks to start the inning, Ausfeld was lifted in favor of Owen Devine.

Devine kept the possible big inning in check as he got out of the inning allowing one run on an RBI single from Szumowski that scored Hinderliter to build a 5-1 advantage.

Amsterdam got a run back in the bottom of the sixth, when Santana singled with two outs and Devine worked his way on with a walk.

Pingitore brought Szumowski on in relief of Benton and he hit the first batter he face, Michael Rocas, to load the bases before Jake Greco singled to drive in Santana and cut the Patriots lead to 5-2.

Szumowski settled down to get a four-pitch strikeout and end the Rams rally.

Devine got his team back to the plate quickly, setting the Patriots down in order in the top of the seventh, but Szumowski was up to the task in the bottom of the seventh, getting the final three outs to lock up the victory.

“Jack has a little quiet mojo to him,” Pingitore said. “He comes out on the field, he speaks with his bat, and he stays composed in big moments. We turn to him in the biggest spots for our season. He’s come through some times, he hasn’t come through other times, but at the end of the day, I don’t want anybody having the ball in the last inning besides Jack Szumowski.”

Szumowski’s day included a triple and a single for an RBI and a run scored to go with a one-hit, two strike out effort on the mound.

Benton finished with nine strike outs, while giving up four hits. Galarneau and Marsden both added doubles for the Patriots.

Greco lead the Amsterdam hitters with two singles, an RBI and a run scored, while Brennan, Ryan Bradt and Safran round out the Rams’ five hits with singles.

The teams are scheduled to meet again at 4 p.m. today and christen the Patriots’ new facility at the high school.

“I’m really, really happy about that,” Pingitore said. “The kids deserve it, and they are going be excited — but Amsterdam’s also going to be amped up, too. I expect another battle.”

Broadalbin-Perth 5, Amsterdam 2

Broadalbin-Perth 030 110 0 — 5 5 1

Amsterdam 001 001 0 — 2 5 2

Benton, Szumowski (6) and Galarneau; Safran, T. Ausfeld (2), Devine (5) and Rocas