Amsterdam shortstop Jeffrey Brennan (12) throws to first base to record an out as second baseman Robbie Spagnola (9) looks on during a Section II Class A quarterfinal game against Gloversville, Thursday at Shuttleworth Park
By ADAM SHINDER
Mother Nature hit the pause button on the Section II Class A baseball quarterfinal between the Amsterdam Rams and Gloversville Huskies.
The teams got through two innings Thursday night at Shuttleworth Park — interrupted briefly for a lightning delay — before thunderstorms in the area halted play once again. Around 7:45 p.m., the decision was made to suspend the game, which will be resumed tonight at 6:30 with Amsterdam holding a 2-0 lead at the start of the third inning. The winner will move on to face No. 3 seed Mohonasen in the semifinals Saturday at the College of Saint Rose’s Plumeri Sports Complex in Albany.
“It is what it is,” Amsterdam coach Brian Spagnola said. “We’ll come back at it tomorrow.”
Second-seeded Amsterdam will be able to bring starting pitcher Brendan McGillin back out to start the resumed game, as he finished two innings well under the 41-pitch limit that would have necessitated an extra night of rest. Gloversville’s Anthony Ponticello, on the other hand, threw 46 pitches in two innings and will not be available today.
“It’s good to have (McGillin),” Spagnola said. “If not, we would had Dale (Stanavich) and put Brendan the next day if we get there.”
McGillin breezed through the first inning in just eight pitches, and the Rams took advantage of some early control issues from Ponticello to plate a first-inning run when Jeffrey Brennan scored from second base as McGillin beat out a potential double play.
Gloversville put two runners in scoring position in the second thanks to a single by Raymond Strauser and a double by Brandon Becker with one out. McGillin struck out Nate Thompson for the second out and worked a 1-2 count against Broderick Royal before the game was delayed for 20 minutes due to lightning. When resumed, McGillin struck out Royal to end the inning and avoid any damage.
Amsterdam added a run in the second when Robbie Spagnola and Owen Devine started the inning with back-to-back hits, and a throwing error on a grounder by Michael Rocas allowed Spagnola to score from second.
“We had a chance to score a bunch of runs the first two. We got two, which we’re happy with, but we had first and second with no outs two innings in a row,” Brian Spagnola said.
Then, the rain came, and after about a 30-minute delay, the decision was made to suspend proceedings.
“It’s tough, even with the turf here, and it’s a sectional game, but there was another (storm) coming behind this,” Gloversville coach Mike DeMagistris said. “If we get to the fourth or fifth inning and all of a sudden we have to bang it due to the weather, that’s not fair to any kid. The smart thing to do is come back and pick it up in the third inning.”
It was a day of upsets across Section II baseball, including in Class A, where top seed and two-time defending sectional champion Queensbury was the victim of a 10-8 come-from-behind win by eighth-seeded Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.
With the Amsterdam-Gloversville game starting after most of the day’s action had already been complete, Brian Spagnola cautioned his team against thinking too much about results elsewhere in the bracket.
“In the playoffs, that’s what happens,” he said. “It’s like March Madness. Anything can happen, doesn’t matter what seed you are.”
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