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Junior Legion baseball jumped from four teams in 2012, to nine teams this season and the top four qualified for the District V playoffs.
William Russell (Vernon), New Hartford, Whitestown and Amsterdam, were the four contestants when play began in the double elimination tourney Saturday morning.
Amsterdam knocked off Whitestown 13-12 and New Hartford defeated William Russell 8-4 in the first round matchups.
William Russell then knocked Whitestown out of the tournament Saturday evening, with a 10-4 win.
With blue skies and perfect temperatures, New Hartford Post 1376 and Amsterdam Post 401, locked horns at Corr Field this morning. It was Amsterdam that came out on top,10-3, to remain undefeated in the tournament.
Tyler Graham picked up the win on the hill, while his battery mate, Jake Rodecker, went 2 for 3, with two triples and 4 RBI at the plate, to pace Amsterdam.
New Hartford had a good chance to take the lead in the top of the first. Ryan Faro drew a one out walk and went to third base on a Brad Moore double.
Cullen Moran then chopped a ball to Amsterdam third baseman, Baylee Hall, who faked a throw to first base and then turned and caught Faro, who took the bait, on his way to home for the second out of the inning.
Graham got Noah German to fly out to center field to end the inning and the New Hartford threat.
New Hartford starting pitcher, Gus Pfisterer, had his stuff going early, setting Amsterdam down 1-2-3, in the home half of the first.
New Hartford right fielder, Kyle Cronin, made a major league, diving catch to end the first frame.
New Hartford had another chance in the top of the second, when Pfisterer drew a leadoff walk, stole second and reached third on a fielder’s choice.
With two away, Tyler Graham got New Hartford catcher, Sean McGlynn, out on strikes, to keep NH off the board.
Amsterdam broke things open in the bottom of the second, largely off the bat of Jake Rodecker.
With the bases full of players clad in white and teal uniforms, and Amsterdam leading 1-0, Rodecker ripped a 2-2 fastball into right field for a 3 RBI triple, putting Amsterdam up 4-0.
New Hartford had yet another chance in the top of the third, when Jack Burns and Ryan Faro started things off with back to back singles. Graham dug deep, yet again though, setting the next three New Hartford batters down in order to keep the 4-0 advantage in tact.
After Pfisterer and company kept Amsterdam off the board in the bottom of the third, New Hartford got back into the game in the top of the fourth.
Peter Cougan singled, stole second base and moved to third on a ground ball off the bat of Kyle Cronin, who also reached second, when the throw to first sailed into right field.
Following a Ryan Faro walk, Brad Moore stepped in and hammered a two out single, scoring Cronin to make it 4-2, which is the way we’d go to the bottom of the fourth.
Amsterdam answered the bell in the home half of the fourth, starting with a leadoff triple by Rodecker, who scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Kyle Agresia, to give Amsterdam a 5-2 lead.
Kevin Myers and Kyle Stanovich both singled and later scored to make it 7-2, bringing a close to the fourth inning.
Logan DeNeuville relieved Tyler Graham in the top of the fifth and set down New Hartford 1-2-3.
After a scoreless bottom of the fifth, New Hartford cut the lead to 7-3 in the top of the sixth.
Peter Cougan led off with a walk and stole second base. Dominick Pfisterer came off the bench and singled, putting runners at first and third, with nobody out.
Nick LaBella stepped in and delivered another clutch RBI single, scoring Cougan, to pull New Hartford to within 4 runs.
DeNeuville dug deep though, getting the next three New Hartford hitters out, to shut down the threat.
Kevin Myers, Kyle Agresia and Brandon Baker all knocked hits and scored runs in the bottom of the sixth, to ice this one for Amsterdam, by a score of 10-3.
With the win, Amsterdam improves to (2-0) in tournament play and will await the winner of William Russell (1-1) and New Hartford (1-1), who will meet at 2:00 p.m. today.
Brad Moore and Nick LaBella paced New Hartford with 2 hits apiece. Brett Flint had three hits for Amsterdam.
Wysomirski Post 10 New Hartford 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R
New Hartford 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3
Amsterdam 0 4 0 3 0 3 X 10