Panthers power their way past Raiders
HOOSICK, N.Y. >> The bats were alive and kicking for the Hoosick Falls baseball team on Tuesday, who cranked out 12 hits and scored a season-high 11 runs in their 11-6 victory over Wasaren League rival Mechanicville.
Things got going for the Panthers immediately in the first inning
With runners on first and second, senior Wyatt Whitman squared around and dropped a perfect bunt that the Mechanicville pitcher threw away, allowing Riley Bacon to come all the way around from second base to score to get an early lead.
That was just the beginning for the Panthers (3-2) in the inning as next up for Hoosick Falls was Noah Conety, who helped himself out by lining a shot over the right fielder's head for a 2-run triple to give himself and the Panthers a three run cushion to start the game.
"It felt great to help the team produce some runs early," Conety said. "Since I was on the mound today to it felt great to help myself out a bit by giving myself a nice lead to work with too."
Then Ryan Sanders knocked in Conety from third on a RBI single for the Panthers' fourth run, giving Hoosick a 4-0 advantage.
With a nice lead to work with, Conety did his job to keep the Panthers ahead by striking out two batters over the course of the next two inning and only allowing two runs to make it 4-2 heading to the fourth.
In the fourth, Mechanicville had a double and then a had runner reach base on a Panther error to start the inning. and Conety struck out the next two batters and after an interference call, the bases were loaded. During the next at-bat, the Raiders scored on a wild pitch, pulling them within one.
Then the biggest blow of the inning occurred for Hoosick Falls on a dropped flyball that was instead a 2-run error that gave Mechanicville its first lead at 5-4.
The Panthers fought their way to get it back in the bottom half of the inning.
Andrew Stevens beat out a throw from the Mechnicville shortstop for a infield single and then with two out and Stevens now at second, the Panthers got another run from an error by the Raiders, when Mechanicville's second baseman dropped a easy pop up by senior Alex Mendez that allowed Stevens hustling from second to score and tie the game at 5-5.
The two-out rallied continued for the Panthers when Whitman smacked a single to center field to score Mendez, giving Hoosick Falls the lead back now at 6-5.
After Conety walked, Sanders came up and knocked a 2-run double to the gap in right-center to give the Panthers a 8-5 lead and their second four run inning of the game.
"I was trying to hit the ball and put it in play," Sanders said. "I was happy I was able to get a hit there to help add to my team's lead and help us win the game."
Sanders had a team high three hits and 3 RBIs on the afternoon for the Panthers and also throughout his first runner of the season in the field, when he gunned down a Mechanicville runner trying to steal second base back in the first inning.
With the lead back in his hands, Conety went back to work on the mound and shut the door on any Raiders comeback. The senior had four over the course of the next three innings, giving him eight strike outs in his complete game performance on the mound for Hoosick Falls.
"I was just doing my thing on the mound and I was able to use my fastball and curveball effectively for most of the game," Conety said. "I'm just happy that I was able to help my team get the win."
Whitman had two hits and two RBIs for the Panthers in the win, while senior Connor McCart also had a RBI in the win as well.
"We are getting on a bit of a roll here, which is great to see," said Hoosick Falls coach Mile Lilac. "We did a great job hitting at the plate today and the guys showed their toughness by coming back after losing the lead there in the fourth inning. Hopefully we can keep this play up and keep things rolling our way here."
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