Benton throws 1-hitter in Patriots 17-1 victory over Fonda-Fultonville

Broadalbin-Perth's Brodryk Benton (12) slides into home as Fonda-Fultonville catcher Brady Myles attempts to corral the throw during Thursday's non-league baseball game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

BROADALBIN — The winner of a game of baseball, much like any sport is predicated on which team can make the least amount of mistakes.

For the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots, they were able to limit their errors and took away an 17-1 victory over the Fonda-Fultonville Braves Wednesday night at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

The Braves ultimately committed eight errors on the night and in doing so recorded more mistakes in the field than hits on the offense.

“We have the potential to be a really good team but we just aren’t there quite yet,” said Fonda-Fultonville head coach Rick Palumbo. “We are dropping routine pop flies and missing routine ground outs, which we were solid in all spring.”

To be fair, the pitching clinic that Patriots pitcher Brodryk Benton put forth aided in halting the bats for Fonda Fultonville. Benton pitched 6 2/3 innings, while surrendering one run on one hit.

“There is always that hope for a good day,” said Benton. “I felt like I got off to a bit of a slow start but the more the game went on the more I worked into it and felt more comfortable.”

The scoring opened early when Dante Calderone ripped a single to bring in the second run of the opening inning for the Patriots.

From then on, the Patriots slowly built their lead up with one run in both the second and third innings. At the end of the third inning, the score sat at 4-0 with the Braves in a hole early.

“We had them at four to zero but felt like the lead could have been bigger”, said Broadalbin head coach RJ Pingatore. “I talked to the guys and then we were able to take advantage of the runs we didn’t score before and really break out and get them in the later innings.”

The hole got deeper and deeper as the Patriots added two more runs in the fourth inning with the help of four walks. The proverbial dirt was piled on when Broadalbin-Perth scored four more runs in the fifth inning and then an additional seven runs in the sixth inning.

Riley Cole provided the only offense for the Braves as his 1-3 performance with a double.

Jack Marsden had a big day for the Patriots, going 3-for-3 with two stolen bases, three RBIs and two runs scored. Dante Calderone doubled and stole a base for B-P, while Ryan Visco had three stolen bases to go with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate and Jared Eipp had two singles, a stolen base and a run scored.

Broadalbin-Perth collected 12 stolen bases in the game.

For the Patriots, they look to take this tremendous margin of victory and momentum forward as they play host to Hoosic Falls at noon Saturday.

“The hardest about this culture change for this program is teaching them how to win,” said Pingatore. “The good part about games like this is getting that positive morale which gives them something to build on and be confident in ourselves no matter the opponent, the score and the belief in what we are doing.”

Fonda Fultonville looks to get the bad taste out of their mouth with a home non-league game at noon Saturday against Voorheesville.

Broadalbin-Perth 17, Fonda-Fultonville 1

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Lawyer, Zumbolo (4), Kearns (5), G. Dicaprio (6); Benton, Monks (7).

Western Athletic Conference

Mayfield 6, Duanesburg 2

DUANESBURG — Mayfield’s Max Insognia struck out 10 and walked two to lead the Panthers to their first victory of the season.

Owen Graf, David Evens, Kendrick Jackson and Colby Brandow all delivered RBI singles for the Panthers (1-4 overall, 1-3 WAC).

Mayfield 6, Duanesburg 2

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Duanesburg 000 020 0 — 2 5 4

Galway 2,

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 0

BERNE — Galway made the most of five BKW errors to take home the league victory.

Eric Malanoski led the Golden Eagles (2-3, 2-3) with two singles and an RBI, while Christian Hines limited BKW to three hits in his five inning on the mound.

Ethan Buchardt connected for two singles for the Bulldogs, while Quinn Toomey struck out five and allowed eight hit in a complete-game effort on the mound for BKW.

Galway 2, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 0

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Fort Plain 13,

Mekeel Christian 0

SCHENECTADY — Jaxson Yacowenia connected for two singles, drove in three runs and scored to lead Fort Plain to the WAC victory over Mekeel Christian Academy Thursday at Schenectady’s Central Park field.

Brady Fureno added a triple and two runs scored, while Troy Butler doubled and scored twice and Bryce Thibodeau singled, scored twice and drove in a run.

Fort Plain (2-0, 2-0) is scheduled to host Herkimer in a non-league game at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Fort Plain 13, Mekeel Christian 0

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Cortese, Buley (3), Thibodeau (5) and Fureno; N/A

Duanesburg 6, Galway 3

DUANESBURG — Andy Drescher had a double, RBI and scored two runs to help Duanesburg to a WAC victory over Galway on Wednesday.

Matt Gentile had a single, two RBIs and a run scored for Duanesburg, while Matt Coons and Porter Wilsey each had a hit and scored a run.

Mike Zelezniak and Christian Hines each had singles and scored a run for Galway (1-3 overall, 1-3 WAC), while Brandan Shader and Josh Jankowski each had singles.

Duanesburg 6, Galway 3

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Sowle, Zelezniak (5) and Malanoski; Drescher, Carlson (7) and Wilsey.