Determined Scotties secure upset with barrage of singles

A power outage didn’t hamper the Ballston Spa baseball team Friday.

A power outage didn’t hamper the Ballston Spa baseball team Friday.

In a Suburban Council game where quantity won out, the Scotties piled up 16 singles and upset the Silver Warriors, 10-7, in a back-and-forth North Division game.

Ballston Spa collected the last five of those base hits in a four-run, sixth-inning outburst, and Jordan Kaplan shut down Niskayuna in its final two at-bats to complete the surprise victory.

Brian Guilder had three singles and two runs batted in for Ballston Spa (2-3 league, 5-3-1 overall), Phil DeLorenzo had two singles and three RBI, and pinch-hitters Josh Fabian and Brendan Shannon both came through with RBI singles.

Mike Krasodomski singled and launched a three-run home run for Niskayuna. Shawn Callahan singled and legged out a two-run triple, and Nick Valletta, one of two sophomores on the team, doubled, singled, reached base five times, stole five bases, scored twice and added an RBI in the marathon game of give and take.

“You can’t wait for the three-run home run,” said Ballston Spa assistant coach Dan Hornick. “Base hits win ball games. Patience wins ball games. Defense wins ball games.”

Niskayuna (2-3, 5-3) committed six errors, and coupled with Ballston Spa’s singles assault, it made for a rough outing for a team with league and Section II title aspirations.

“For us, it came down to a million things,” said Niskayuna coach John Furey. “Too many errors. Too many walks. They hit the ball, and we didn’t get the timely hit.

“My guys have to step up and take responsibility. They’ve all got to play better.”

Niskayuna dropped a 5-2 game to Shaker Wednesday, while Ballston Spa fell to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 2-1. The Scotties’ performance Friday against three Silver Warrior hurlers saw five players with multiple hits, five with at least one RBI and seven with at least one run scored.

“We were determined to win this game,” said DiLorenzo, a senior, who stroked a two-run single in the third and an RBI single in Ballston Spa’s sixth-inning uprising. “This was a big game for us. We didn’t let anything get to us. When we got down, we fought back.”

“Wednesday was a tough loss. We lost in the bottom of the seventh,” said Hornick, who was filling in for head coach Kevin Sheremeta, who had a death in his family earlier this week. “This was a nice bounce-back effort.”

Callahan belted his two-run triple and Valletta hit an RBI double in the fifth to stake Niskayuna to a 7-6 lead before Ballston Spa answered against Ryan Harper and Zach

Griesche, the staff ace.

“That’s the third time we put 10 on the board. They were good pitchers, too,” said DiLorenzo, a three-year varsity veteran. “When we’re on, we’re on. Today, we were feeling it.

Kaplan singled, Keenan Shannon reached on a forceout and Mike Shriver singled before DiLorenzo and Guilder connected for RBI singles in the Ballston Spa sixth. After Griesche relieved Harper, he balked in a run and got a groundout, and Brendan Shannon’s RBI single made it 10-7.

“So many guys came through in a big way, and in multiple ways,” said Hornick. “This was a massive team win.”

“We need to shut down a team,” said Furey. “We’re not doing that yet. Whether they hit it or we’re making errors, we’re not getting it done.”

Valletta had a special game in defeat. Aside from his double and single, the 10th-grade centerfielder reached a strikeout-passed ball, a walk and was hit hit by a pitch. That came in the fourth, and the Silver Warriors’ leadoff batter stole two bases before Dan Peters brought him home on a sacrifice fly.

“He’s a young dynamo,” Furey said. “He’s a difference-maker.”

Ballston Spa 103 024 0 — 10 16 2

Niskayuna 300 130 0 —  7 10 6

DiLorenzo, Kaplan (5) and Randall, Prehoda (7); Syed, Harper (4), Griesche (6) and Callahan.

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