Thibodeau helps Fort Plain blank Gloversville
JOHNSTOWN — Just as teams hope to start a season off fast, they also hope to finish the season off stronger. For the Fort Plain Hilltoppers they were able to do both as their 9-0 victory over the Gloversville Huskies at Johnstown High School on Wednesday night tied a bow on their undefeated regular season.
“Being undefeated is great, but we don’t really worry about that stuff and take it one game at a time,” said Fort Plain head coach Craig Phillips. “These kids have been with me a long time and most of them have the experience from previous years that goes a long way for us.”
It did not take long for Fort Plain to jump out on the Huskies as they would get two first inning runs batted in by a Bryce Thibodeau single and a Josh Nellis sacrifice groundout. Following those early runs, the score remained there as Gloversville failed to crack the scoreboard with their best chance coming in the third inning when PJ Clet reached second after a sacrifice bunt moved him into scoring position.
A big factor in the Gloversville bats going silent was Thibodeau’s strong pitching performance. He would go four and two-thirds innings with no earned runs and would retire eight straight batters starting with the second batter in the first inning all the way through the third batter in the third inning.
“Bryce did a great job for us today and with our one, two, and three pitchers on rest due to the playoffs, he did a great job and stepped up big for us tonight,” said Phillips.
The scoring opened up in the fifth inning when Fort Plain would pile on seven runs. The scoring started when Jackson Yacowenia would lead off the inning with a single and then reach home off of a wild pitch. The other seven runs were additionally added with the biggest hit coming off of a two-run single by John Cortese.
“We always seem to have a big inning here or there and it wasn’t happening after the first but fortunately that big fifth inning gave us a little breathing room,” said Thibodeau.
For Gloversville, they will not be participating in any post-season action, but have established a culture under first year head coach John Lott.
“The culture we are trying to build here is just getting these kids to work on putting in the work in the off-season and getting to a point where we are studying the game more than playing it,” said Lott.
The Hilltoppers (16-0 overall) will put their season and undefeated record on the line when they take on Rensselaer today at 4 p.m at Phillips Field.
“It’s always important for us to play every game like it’s our last,” said Thibodeau. “We know from this point on that the next game we do lose then we are done so we want to keep playing and get to where we know we are capable of going.”
Fort Plain 9, Gloverville 0
Fort Plain 200 070 0 — 9 7 1
Gloversville 000 000 0 — 0 2 3
Thibodeau, Buley (5) and Fureno; Dillenback, Deumaga (6) and Dooling.