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After being hit in helmet by pitch, Ballston Spa's Gold cleared for activities

After being hit in helmet by pitch, Ballston Spa's Gold cleared for activities

Games on hold for baseball standout
After being hit in helmet by pitch, Ballston Spa's Gold cleared for activities
Ballston Spa graduate Luke Gold has been cleared to resume activities.
Photographer: Peter Barber

BALLSTON SPA — Luke Gold was cleared Tuesday to resume all activities, though baseball games will not be among them, at least not yet.

One of the star players on Ballston Spa's state championship-winning team and a member of the Albany Dutchmen summer team was struck in the helmet July 14 while batting in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game against the Amsterdam Mohawks.

"I'm feeling great right now," Gold said Wednesday. "I am getting back on the horse, but I'm not playing the rest of the summer. My coach at BC shut me down."

The Boston College commit had a chat with Eagles head coach Mike Gambino the day after he was hit by the pitch while batting in the fifth inning. Gold was taken to Albany Medical Center from the field and discharged that night with what he said was a mild concussion. He sustained a cut near his left temple that required several stitches.

"He [Gambino] talked to me that Monday and said, 'I'm glad you're feeling great,'" Gold said. "He wanted to make sure nothing else happens, and said I will see you in a couple of weeks."

Gold's college moving in day will be Aug. 22. Afterward, his fall baseball routine will include weight lifting and practice six days a week.

"I am going to hit and throw as much as I can and get ready," Gold said, before adding. "I haven't felt any discomfort taking BP."

The 18-year-old shortstop and third baseman was batting over .300 with two home runs in a dozen games with the Dutchmen when his summer campaign ended with one pitch.

"The guy threw hard, and I hadn't faced him before. I didn't know his ball moved so much," Gold said. "It's the first time I got hit in the head. I was scared."

Ballston Spa baseball coach Curtis Nobles spoke with Gold, the Suburban Council Player of the Year, that night.

"He was still half out of it. He told me he wanted to play the next day," Nobles said. "He's tough as nails. He loves the game."

New York Senator Jim Tedisco and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh were at the Ballston Spa field Wednesday with a resolution honoring the first-time state champion Scotties. The Scotties 24-2 record included seven Class A postseason victories capped by state final four wins against Sayville (10-0) and Maine-Endwell (13-6).

Gold's walk-off homer in the eight inning lifted Ballston Spa to its first playoff win against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 9-8, in the Section II quarterfinals. He also went deep twice against Sayville and clubbed 12 homers his senior season.

"It's still kind of settling in. 'Man, we really did that,'" said Gold, who was among 11 seniors on the Ballston Spa roster. "To see it come together was pretty cool."

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.


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