Ziskin, Durinick play key roles in playoff win for Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Ryan Reagan drops down a bunt during Tuesday's Section II Class A playoff game against Gloversville at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam’s Ryan Reagan drops down a bunt during Tuesday's Section II Class A playoff game against Gloversville at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam.

AMSTERDAM — Tommy Ziskin was on the ball in more ways than one, and CJ Durinick kept getting on base and coming around for the Amsterdam baseball team Tuesday in its Section II Class A first-round game against Gloversville.

Ziskin drove in both the tie-breaking run and an insurance run with sharp singles, and the senior center fielder was on the back end of a key defensive play in the Rams 5-3 victory.

Durinick reached base in all four of his at-bats, scored each time and stole five bases for a team that will bring a 12-game win streak into Thursday’s quarterfinal at La Salle.

“That’s why he’s our leadoff guy,” Ziskin said of his teammate. “He gets on base and makes things happen.”

Durinick scored on Ziskin’s fourth-inning RBI single that gave Amsterdam a 4-3 lead, and scored again on Ziskin’s RBI single in the sixth that padded that advantage. It was in the fifth inning when Ziskin was on the tail end of a rare 1-5-8 double play that quelled a first and third threat by the Huskies.

“It’s a senior play. He’s been around the game,” Amsterdam coach Rob Hisert said of Ziskin, Amsterdam’s starting quarterback in football who also played golf and basketball this school year. “Everyone has somewhere to move to. He knew where to go.”

With one out in the fifth, Alex Payne tapped back to the box and Amsterdam pitcher Noah Marshall quickly threw to third baseman Matt Hughes, who tagged Kyle Robare out. Hughes then threw toward second base, and Ziskin was there to get a force out ahead of Dane Dillenback’s slide to end the inning.

“You’ve just got to be aware of what’s going on. Never take a play off,” Ziskin said. “I saw an opportunity for an out. You take it when it comes.”

Dillenback was stealing on the play.

“He had his head down stealing and thought their pitcher caught the ball,” Gloversville coach John Lott said of the play. “When he headed back to first, our first base coach was saying, ‘Go, go.’ It was a tough spot for him [Dillenback].”

Only one more Gloversville batter reached after the double play, with Cal Porter hitting a single to start the seventh, and Marshall retired the next three Huskies to finish the game.

“I thought it turned the game around,” Ziskin said of the double play. “That was a huge swing for us.”

Andre Deumaga homered over the left field fence to pull Gloversville into a 3-3 tie in the top of the fourth. In the first, the young Huskies (No. 10 seed, 7-8) with only one senior grabbed a 2-0 lead on Payne’s double after Hughes walked a pair of batters.

“We had a lot of guys who played well,” Lott said. “A couple of base running mistakes hurt us.”

Carson Catugno delivered an RBI double in the Amsterdam first for one of his three hits, and Spencer Cotugno had a two-run single that put the Rams up 3-2 in the second.

Durinick singled and stole a base ahead of Ziskin’s fourth-inning single, and Durinick walked and stole a base before Ziskin’s sixth-inning single.

“CJ is fast. He does his job. He’s not looking to hit a bomb,” Hisert said. “We had guys with big hits, but without base runners …”

On Thursday, Amsterdam (No. 7, 12-2) will be looking to keep a winning streak alive that started after setbacks against Queensbury and South Glens Falls. The streak includes three wins against Gloversville, its Foothills Council foe.

“We have been to the finals [2018] and semifinals [2019] since I’ve been here,” Hisert said. “We’d like to get back.”

Gloversville will have 13 players returning next season.

“We’re young, but we have a lot of guys who can play,” Lott said. “We’re excited about the future.”

Gloversville 200 100 0 — 3 4 3

Amsterdam 120 101 x — 5 10 0

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