H.S. Baseball Roundup: Mayfield holds off OESJ, 7-5

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville pitcher Ben Littrell (13) watches as first baseman Tyler Leon receives the throw from catcher Austin Hayes to get Mayfield’s Colin Hennessey during Western Athletic Conference action Wednesday at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

BROADALBIN — The Mayfield Panthers came out swinging Wednesday, putting up seven first-inning runs.

They would need every one of them as Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville chipped away at the lead to threaten in its final at bat only to have Mayfield’s John Fancher come on and shut down the rally and help Mayfield post a 7-5 victory in Western Athletic Conference action Wednesday at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

“We got off the bus ready to play,” This was the first time we have had a chance to take batting practice on a field. It made a bit of a difference Mayfield coach Darren Graf said. “To get to a field early and have some kind of home-field advantage. It worked out.”

The Panthers have played all their games on the road this year due to construction on the sports fields at Mayfield Central School.

The Wolfpack got on the board first when Mason Snell scored off a Mayfield error.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Von Baker waits for the throw as Mayfield’s Chad Manzer slides into third during Western Athletic Conference action Wednesday at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The Panthers roared back, and put seven runs on the board with the big blow a triple off the bat of Chad Manzer to help build a 7-1 advantage.

Pitchers Riley Mykel for Mayfield and relief pitcher Ben Littrell limited the scoring chances over the next five innings.

The Wolves broke through in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs and chasing Mykel from the mound with bases loaded and no outs. Colby Hime came on in relief.

Von Baker connected for a single to left that, with the help of a fielding error, put three runs across the plate for OESJ to cut the Panthers lead to 7-4 before Hime settled down to get the final outs.

The Panthers battled back to loach the bases with two outs when Fancher singled and Mykel reached on an error. Colby Brandow worked his way on with a walk before Littrell got the final out with a strike out to stop the Panthers from increasing their lead.

The Wolfpack picked up another run in the top of the seventh when Snell and Travis LaFountain drew walks with two outs.

Graf brought Fancher on to get the final out, but instead Baker singled a 2-2 pitch to score Snell and cut the Mayfield lead to 7-5.

Fancher got the final out on a pop up back to the mound to pick up the save and secure the Panthers’ victory.

Manzer finished with a triple and a double, while driving in three runs and Fancher added three RBIs for the Panthers.

Baker had a pair of hits for OESJ.

“I don’t know if we will qualify for the post season because we need five wins,” coach Graf said. ” I am happy that we are playing well now, that is the most important thing for us. This season with no home field has been an unbelievable struggle for these kids. To be on the road for every game is a tough task for anybody. To have them keep their heads up and perform the way they have is just great. I am proud of them. They have overcome a lot.”

Mayfield is scheduled to travel to Fonda-Fultonville on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. game, while OESJ is set to host Old Forge on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Mayfield 7, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 5

OESJ 100 003 1 — 5 6 4

Mayfield 700 000 x — 7 6 1

Baker, Littrell and LaFountain; Mykel, Hime (6), Fancher (7) and Hennessey.

Canajoharie 14, Schoharie 4

CANAJOHARIE — Isaiah Logan blasted a home run, while Christian Herget drove in three runs with a pair of singles to lead Canajoharie to victory over Schoharie in Western Athletic Conference action Wednesday at Canajoharie High School.

With the victory, the Cougars improve to 7-5 overall and 6-4 in the WAC.

Canajoharie 14, Schoharie 4

Schoharie 010 021 — 4 8 0

Canajoharie 140 027 — 14 19 3

Krug and Suits; Scheuer and Barton.

Galway 4, Mekeel Christian 2

SCHENECTADY — Henry Flint finished with a single, double and an RBI to help Galway post a WAC victory over Mekeel Christian Academy.

Mike Sowle was 2-for-4 with a run scored of the Golden Eagles, while James Hoffmann, Travis Neahr and Josh Jankowski all had singles.

It was the fifth straight league win for Galway (7-3 overall, 6-2 WAC), which is slated to host Canajoharie on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Galway 4, Mekeel Christian 2

Galway 220 000 0 — 4

Mekeel Christian 010 001 0 — 2

WP – Sowle; LP — McCarty.

Foothills Council

Scotia-Glenville 8, Gloversville 2

SCOTIA — Chris Aldi had a big day for Scotia-Glenville with a triple, double and a single and a run scored to lead the Tartans to victory over Gloversville Wednesday at Scotia-Glenville High School.

Tyler Cannoe added a triple and a single and scored three times for Scotia, while Nick Marola added a home run.

Trevor Mee delivered a double and a single at the plate for an RBI and a run scored for Gloversville (7-9 overall, 5-5 Foothills), while Aaron Dona doubled and turned in a six-strikeout performance on the mound for the Huskies.

Gloversville is slated to host Scotia-Glenville on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Scotia-Glenville 8, Gloversville 2

Gloversville 000 200 0 — 2 7 1

Scotia-Glenville 011 114 x — 8 8 1

Dona, Lanphere (5) and Becker; VanNatten and Schaub.

South Glens Falls 7, Johnstown 2

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Connor Bovair struck out 10 Sir Bills to lead South High to victory Wednesday at South Glens Falls High School.

Freshman Justin Nesbitt had two RBIs for the Bulldogs (7-11 overall, 5-7 Foothills), while Bovair went 2-for-3 at the plate with three stolen bases. Trevor Corlew and Collin Parker were both 2-for-3 on the day, while Andrew Kings had a pair of RBIs.

Alex VanDeusen had an RBI double for the Sir Bills (3-14 overall, 0-11 Foothills).

South Glens Falls 7, Johnstown 2

Johnstown 000 002 0 — 2 3 3

South Glens Falls 110 500 x — 7 11 1

Diviyak and Sanges; Bovair and Nesbitt.

Glens Falls 7, Hudson Falls 5

GLENS FALLS — Konnor McKeown blasted a home run for Hudson Falls but it was not enough as Glens Falls used a five-run fourth inning to slip past the Tigers for the 7-5 victory Wednesday at Glens Falls High School.

Andrew Rizzo tripled and Will Florio doubled for Glens Falls (7-8 overall, 5-7 Foothills), while Doug Johnson added a double for Hudson Falls.

Glens Falls 7, Hudson Falls 5

Hudson Falls 300 010 1 — 5 6 1

Glens Falls 020 500 0 — 7 9 2

WP — Weils. LP — Gillis

Queensbury 3, Schuylerville 2, 11 innings

SCHUYLERVILLE — The host Black Horses and Queensbury battled 11 innings before the Spartans came up with the game winner in Foothills Council action Wednesday at Schuylerville High school.

Mike Siano went 2-for-3 on the day with a double and two RBIs for Queensbury (13-3 overall, 10-2 Foothills).

Carson Dunkel went 2-for-3 for Schuylerville (10-6 overall, 8-4 Foothills) with a triple and an RBI.

Queensbury 3, Schuylerville 2

Queensbury 000 020 000 1 — 3 8 0

Schuylerville 002 000 000 0 — 2 10 4

WP — Sphur. LP — Dunkel

Center State Conference

West Canada Valley 3, Dolgeville 1

DOLGEVILLE — The Blue Devils outhit West Canada Valley 7-5 but came up on the short end of the final score in Center State Conference action Wednesday at Dolgeville High School.

Riley Nagle scored Dolgeville’s only run on a hit by Shane Perkins.

Connor Maxwell had a strong outing on the mound for West Canada Valley, allowing six hits and strike out 13.

West Canada Valley 3, Dolgeville 1

West Canada Valley 010 100 1 — 3 5 2

Dolgeville 000 000 1 — 1 7 1

WP — C. Maxwell; LP — B. Fahd.