New Hartford Post’s Matt Desens (4) starts his descent into home as Ferris-Goodrich catcher Jeff Rachow turns to apply the tag. Desens was called out on the play.

Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo


ball21-121x130Ferris-Goodridge Post 330 (Rochester) and New Hartford Post 1376 squared off at noon on Thursday in an elimination game of the New York State American Legion Baseball Tournament.

Each team was defeated in its opening round game. New Hartford dropped the Wednesday nightcap to Melvin Roads Post 1213, by a score of 14-0. Ferris Goodrich lost a run fest to Clinton County, 11-8.

New Hartford sent crafty left handed pitcher, Tory King, to the mound in today’s do or die matchup, while F-G went with right hander, Kyle Bell.

If the New Hartford bats were sleepy last night, they sure did come alive right away this morning.

Cooper Deck, who will be just a sophomore at New Hartford this fall, started things off with a single off Bell’s second pitch of the ball game.

New Hartford’s Cooper Deck (8) laces the second pitch of the game into left field.

Matt Desens then drew a walk, to put runners at first and second, with nobody out.

Next up to bat was Ben Phelps, who stepped into the chalk box and singled home Deck, to give New Hartford a 1-0 lead.

Two pitches to Joey Donovan later, Bell turned and picked off Phelps at first, for the first out of the ball game.

While Bell won the battle, Donovan won the war, singling home Desens, to give Post 1376 a 2-0 lead early in the game.

New Hartford made it 3-0, when Brian Verbikas executed a perfect hit for a single, scoring Donovan from second base.

Ferris-Goodridge came right back with a couple runs of their own in the bottom of the first frame.

Ben Snider got things going with a one out single, followed by a two out base knock off the bat of Michael Myers, to put runners at the corners, with two away. With the table set, Josh Maier clocked a long double over the New Hartford outfield, scoring Snider and Myers, bringing Ferris-Goodridge back to within 3-2. 

ball21-121x130Things remained scoreless for the next inning and a half, with King and Bell keeping the batters in check on both clubs. 

Ferris-Goodrich rev’d it up again in the home half of the third and so too did Mother Nature. As F-G added base runners, the rains came along with them.

After Ben Snider reached on a fielder’s choice and Michael Knapp made it to first on an error, Michael Myers stepped in and slugged one of the scariest home runs we have ever seen, sending the ball well over the left field wall, scoring three and giving the District VII Champions its first lead of the game, at 5-3.

Myers, a switch hitter, homered in yesterday’s game with Clinton County as well.

With the rain intensifying and puddles forming in the infield, New Hartford got to start its at bats in the top of the fourth, despite the deteriorating conditions.

New Hartford got a leadoff double from Mark Chanatry, off of the left wall, to start things. Tory King then set down a perfect bunt that he beat out at first, sending Chanatry to third.

Rain Dancers…Ferris – Goodrich players celebrate Michael Myers’ second home run of the tournament.

Cooper Deck’s sac fly ball to center field scored Chanatry, to pull New Hartford within 5-4.

Matt Desens walked and Ben Phelps stepped in, with two on base, but the Heavens opened and play was suspended.

After seven hours, a couple of rain storms and a lot of hard work by the outstanding Murnane Field Grounds Crew, play resumed again at 8:40 p.m.

New Hartford was unable to plate another run in the top of the fourth against F-G’s new pitcher, Brandon Case.

ball21-121x130The kids from Rochester went right back at it in the bottom of the fourth. Zach Coughlin led off with a double and came around to score on a single by Jeff Rachow, to make it 6-4.

Rachow later scored on a two base knock off the bat of Ben Snider, to make it 7-4, which is the way the fourth inning would come to a close.

After a scoreless fifth inning, New Hartford fought right back in the top of the sixth, plating three runs, on five hits, to tie the game at 7-7.

Steve Tomaino, Mark Chanatry, Tory King, Matt Desens and Joe Donovan all singled and Vin Maugeri walked, to rally New Hartford back into a tie, after six innings of play.

Then, in the top of the seventh, Post 1376 grabbed the lead back when Steve Tomaino singled and later scored on Mark Chanatry’s second double of the game, to make it 8-7.

Chanatry scored as well, two batters later, on an RBI single from Matt Desens, making the score 9-7.

New Hartford first baseman Vin Maugeri (20) eyes the prize on a third inning throw from third.

Matt Desens relieved Tory King on the mound for New Hartford and allowed a walk. He hit a batter and allowed a single to Josh Meier, to load the bases for Jeff Rachow.

Ben Phelps then relieved Desens and struck out Rachow, on three pitches, to end the inning.

After a scoreless bottom of the seventh, New Hartford added another run to its lead in the top of the eighth.

Joe Donovan led off with a single to left. F-G pitcher, Rob Machado, then tried to pick off Donovan, but threw the ball into left field, sending Donovan all the way to third.

Donovan plated New Hartford’s 10th run of the game on a passed ball to Brian Verbickas.

After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, Matt Desens went back to the mound to face F-G’s first three batters.

ball21-121x130Desens had trouble finding the plate and loaded the bases for power hitting, Michael Myers.

Ben Phelps then replaced Desens on the hill for the second, consecutive inning and got Myers to ground out to end the inning. 

Mark Chanatry continued his offensive barrage with a lead off triple, to start the ninth inning.

Tory King singled home Chanatry on the next pitch, for his third RBI of the game. New Hartford’s advantage was now 11-7.

Ferris-Goodridge was unable to plate a run in the ninth, so New Hartford Post 1376, the 2006 New York State Champions, will advance to play the loser of Smith Post and Middletown Post on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Mark Chanatry finished this long, long day with three, extra base hits (two doubles and a triple), to lead New Hartford.

Tory King picked up the win on the mound and also knocked in three runs in the winning effort.


New Hartford 11 Ferris-Goodridge 7

Box Score

                            1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9      R     H     E

New Hartford          3   0   0   1   0   3    2   0  1      11   18     2

Ferris – Goodrich    2   0   3   2   0   0    0   0   0       7   10     3