Upstate, Pittsfield play to tie in extras due to darkness
HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Upstate Athletics baseball team made multiple comebacks in its game against the Pittsfield Thunder Monday night.
Upstate looked to be right in the thick of making another one of those comebacks, but lack of sunlight wouldn't allow them to finish the job.
The Athletics and Thunder played to a 13-13 tie in 10 innings, as the game was called around 8:45 p.m. due to darkness.
Pittsfield jumped out to a first-inning lead, as Matt Lee led off with a single and a steal of second. Lee eventually was driven in by Chase Racine on a sacrifice fly.
Upstate answered right back in its half at the plate. Coleman Reece singled and reached second on a passed ball. Nate Smilko drove Reece in on a single, and two batters later, Alex Bushee drove Smilko in on a single of his own.
The Thunder bats remained hot early in the contest with another set of runs in the second. Tyler Gaudette doubled to lead off the inning and that keyed a three-hit inning, where Jake Hall and Lee both had RBI singles.
The Athletics chipped away in the third with Reece scoring his second run of the day.
After another Pittsfield run in the fifth, Upstate found its most success at the plate during its half of at-bats.
Aiden Moscarello led off with a single and Connor Jones followed with one of his own. Reece singled in Moscarello, and following another hit and a Thunder error, three more Athletics' runs came across the plate to make it 7-5.
A Gaudette triple in the top of the sixth put Pittsfield in a great position with one out and he was pushed across on a passed ball.
The Thunder took a one-run lead in the seventh, with a lead-off double putting them in business, as they scored twice.
The Athletics looked to put the game away in the eighth with a three-run effort, spurred on by two hits and two Pittsfield errors, but the Thunder scored twice in the ninth to force extra innings.
The Thunder scored three runs in the 10th inning, but couldn't hold off Upstate, who matched them with three runs of its own, before the game was called for darkness at the conclusion of the inning.
Many pitchers saw action Monday as the teams combined for 10 different pitchers.
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