GALWAY — Canajoharie baseball made the most of its 10 hits and took advantage of four Galway errors Monday afternoon to remain undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference and hand the Eagles their first league loss of the year with an 8-5 road victory.
“I thought we just didn’t make enough plays that we needed to make,” Galway coach Mark Kalinkewicz said. “If you give them an advantage, you put guys on, you let them get extra bases and then they get a hit and knock guys in, then you’re in trouble.”
Canajoharie (9-0 WAC, 12-2 overall) plated a single run in the first and second innings before going up 4-1 in the top of the fourth inning on a single hit and two Galway errors.
Galway (8-1 WAC, 8-2 overall) returned the favor in the bottom half of the fourth, scoring twice on three hits and one Canajoharie error to cut the lead to a run, 4-3.
Canajoharie put the contest away for starting pitcher Jack Montanye with four runs on five hits and two more Galway errors.
Riley Montanye led off the sixth with a single down the third base line and advanced on a passed ball. Cody Hyney knocked him in with an RBI single to center field for the 5-3 lead.
[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”88″ display=”basic_imagebrowser”]Hyney stole second and advanced to third on a fielding error on the throw. Tom Weingart popped up high behind first base and with Hyney on the move scored when the ball fell behind the first baseman for a 6-3 lead.
Zack Suits hit a solid single to center and when the ball went through the legs of the centerfielder, Weingart scored for the 7-3 mark. Suits advanced on a passed ball and scored on Jack Montanye’s infield single for an 8-3 lead.
Canajoharie starting pitcher Jack Montayne was lifted after one out in the sixth inning, asking coach Joe Fowler to stay in to finish the job.
“He was pretty clear on that,” Fowler said. “There was a reason for that, we’ve got to use him later on.”
Fowler turned to reliever Rich Tamsett who struck out the first batter he faced before giving up two runs on three straight hits after walking Eric Zelezniak.
Ryan Pudney hit a one-out single to center before Brian Brink hit a two-run single to left-center field, scoring Zelezniak and Pudney, cutting the lead to 8-5.
Tamsett struck out the next batter to escape the inning.
“I was feeling confident at first. I felt pretty good and then I missed a few fastballs so I tried working on my curveball and my curveball wasn’t working either,” Tamsett said. “I just laid a couple in there. They started hitting me pretty good.”
He returned in the bottom of the seventh and struck out the side.
“They had [batters] 8-9-1 coming up and I told [my team] don’t worry about eight, nine,” Tamsett said. “[Batter] one might hit the ball but if he hits it, field it. I’ve got faith in Riley [Montanye] back there. He’s a great catcher.”
Riley Montanye called the game for both starter and cousin Jack Montanye and Tamsett. He had to manage both his pitcher and his defensive unit through their own four-error afternoon.
“Every baseball game is gonna have some errors, but I always just gotta calm Jack down,” Riley Montanye said. “Make sure he’s in that mindset because when he’s ready to go, he’ll tear it up. You can’t let those errors get to you because sometimes you drop the ball. It’s tough to read, but just kind of keep picking up the ball and move on.”
Riley Montanye went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the win.
“That first at-bat, the only reason I struck out is I had the butterflies going on,” Montanye said. “I should have been on, I should’ve gone 4-for-4 because I’m always trying to improve. I was just feeling hot today because I really wanted this game.”
Canajoharie has two league games left this week at home — Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons on Wednesday and OESJ on Thursday before a non-league tilt against Lake George on Sunday.
“That’s our goal since the beginning of the season was to be undefeated in the WAC and go back to the Class C finals,” Fowler said.
CANAJOHARIE 8, GALWAY 5
Canajoharie 110 204 0 — 8 10 4
Galway 010 202 0 — 5 8 4