Upstate Athletics holds off Berkshire Americans
HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Upstate Athletics U15 improved to 8-1 in the Eastern New York Travel Baseball (ENYTB) league with a 6-3 win over the Berkshire Americans U16 on Wednesday night.
Upstate used a hot start to propel them to the victory. The team's first four batters reached base on three walks and a single.
All four would come around to score. In total, the team plated five in the opening frame.
Upstate's pitching was solid for the majority of the game.
In the first, however, they found themselves in a bit of a jam. After retiring the first two batters, Upstate's starter Alex Bushee surrendered consecutive singles and then hit a batter to load the bases.
Berkshire's Ben Shannon was patient at the plate and drew a walk, scoring a run. A swinging strike out to the next batter limited the damage to just the one run.
Despite drawing a lot of walks over the next several innings, Upstate was unable to turn any of those base runners into runs, leaving eight runners stranded between the second and fifth.
Berkshire, facing a 6-1 deficit in the last inning, gave themselves an importunity to win the game in the top of the seventh, bringing the winning run to the plate with the bases loaded and no outs.
The lead off batter drilled a double to left center. After a couple of walks loaded the bases, Noah Miller blooped a single into short right field.
Shannon followed with a single of his own, and suddenly it was a three run game and the winning run at the plate.
Josh Colegrove forced the next batter to pop out to the first basemen on an infield-fly rule.
Berkshire's Tyler Candelari stepped to the plate with one-out and forced a full count. Some confusion followed on the decisive pitch. The Berkshire runners thought they heard the umpire call ball four and began advancing to the next base, but the call was actually strike three. Upstate's catcher fired the ball to first as Shannon tried to retreat to the bag unsuccessfully, and the game ended on the strike them out, throw them out double play.
Berkshire's Nathaniel Von Rudenl pitched great for the visiting team. He was able to get his team out of a jam in the fourth inning. Von Rudenl inherited runners on second and third, but was able to strike out the batter and Berkshire was able to get out of the inning unscathed.
Upstate has plaid up a division, playing older teams multiple times this season. Wednesday night's game against the U16 Americans was another example of that.
Upstate's coach Tony Thayne likes the mindset his team brings to those challenges.
"They bring the energy every game," Thayne said. "We got a good mix."
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