GLENVILLE — Aidan Streeter walked off the mound after the top of the second inning having navigated a significant rough patch. Through two innings, the Scotia-Glenville junior pitcher had walked four batters, hit another, and allowed Amsterdam to take an early two-run advantage in a winner-take-all game for the Foothills Council baseball championship.
By the time Streeter took the mound for the top of the third, the game was all tied up, and that little confidence boost made all the difference.
“That totally slowed me down,” Streeter said. “It showed me that these guys have got my back.”
After his rocky start, Streeter settled into a groove, facing the minimum 15 batters over the final five innings and finishing the day with 11 strikeouts. Meanwhile, Scotia-Glenville took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, then added three insurance runs in the fifth to pull away for a 7-3 victory and the league title.
“It’s the biggest thing ever,” Scotia-Glenville shortstop Kyle Bronw said. “We’ve been thinking about this since freshman year. We’ve been playing together forever and had to get this done today.”
It was a huge turnaround from a day earlier for the Tartans (11-2 Foothills, 11-4 overall), who let early 3-0 and 5-3 leads slip from their grasp on Tuesday as Amsterdam came away with a 6-5 win at Shuttleworth Park to set up Wednesday’s showdown for the Foothills championship.
On Wednesday, Amsterdam (10-3, 11-5) took a 3-1 lead with a two-out surge in the second inning that saw Kai Brennan lace an RBI double, followed by a two-run single from Manny Santos.
But Scotia-Glenville immediately answered in the bottom of the second, with Brown smashing an RBI triple to left-center, then scoring on a sacrifice fly to shallow right by Streeter.
“We’ve been blessed that we can hit,” Scotia-Glenville head coach John Striffler said. “Amsterdam’s a very good team. They keep coming back, and we knew it was going to be tough.”
Heading back out for the third inning in a 3-3 game settled Streeter down immensely, and the junior hurler started getting ahead early in the count and mowing through the Amsterdam lineup.
Streeter allowed just one baserunner over the final five innings, a leadoff single by Brennan in the top of the fifth, but he was eventually caught stealing to end that inning — one of three Rams caught stealing on the day.
“What a way to chuck it,” Brown said. “From the beginning, he was a little antsy trying to get into the strike zone. Once we started getting runs for him, I think he settled down.”
“His last outing, he struggled a little bit,” Striffler said. “This was a good recovery for him.”
Scotia-Glenville took the lead in the fourth when Luke Brandow scored on a delayed double steal. The Tartans added three more in the fifth on an RBI single from Brown, a Derek Robinson sacrifice fly and an errant pickoff throw that allowed Brown to score from third.
Brown, one of seven Scotia-Glenville seniors, was in the center of everything for the Tartans, going 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
“When we get momentum,” Brown said, “we’re unstoppable.”
Brennan had three of Amsterdam’s four hits.
Amsterdam had its best chance to get back in the game in the top of the fifth when, trailing 4-3, Brennan led off the inning with a single. Santos and Spencer Cotugno followed with back-to-back hard-hit line drives to left, but both were hit directly at Scotia-Glenville’s Jack Taylor. Brennan was then thrown out trying to steal second to end the inning.
“They hit the ball on the nose,” Hisert said. “It just happened to find the glove, you know?”
Amsterdam 030 000 0 — 3 4 3
Scotia-Glenville 120 130 x — 7 8 1