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Sports Archives The Altamont Enterprise, May 12, 2011
Guilderland baseball turns the corner
By Jordan J. Michael
GUILDERLAND Mohonasen was looking for its first win since 2009, but it wasn’t going to arrive against Guilderland on Friday.
The Dutchmen baseball team scored four runs in both the first and second innings, sinking the Warriors into a hole that it would desperately try to dig out of. Guilderland gave up some late runs, but won 11 to 5.
Dutch Head Coach Doug LaValley was sympathetic about Mohonasen’s anguish after the game, but glad that his team won. LaValley said that he knows Jim Huggins, the Warriors’ coach, pretty well.
“I feel for him, sure, and we talked about it,” LaValley said. “It’s difficult to lose that many games in a row, but we weren’t about to let them win today. They’ll get a win soon and it’ll be real good.”
Mohonasen won the Class AA championship in 2009, only to go winless in 2010. The team came into Friday with a 0-11 record.
“Even though how hard this losing streak is, these kids aren’t giving up,” Huggins said of his players. “The Suburban Council is one of the toughest leagues in our state and they’re out there every day. Even though they’re not winning, they’re playing at a high level.”
After suffering a hard 17-to-7 loss to Burnt Hills on the previous day, Guilderland came out swinging on Friday.
Already up, 4 to 0, in the second inning, Devin Fisher led off with a single and Harry Brodsky swiftly brought Fisher into score with a double to center field. Conor Hurley and Tim O’Connor each hit a single and the score was now 7 to 0. Dom Litz followed suit with a double to right field.
“It was a total reverse from yesterday,” said LaValley on Friday. “We had a good talk and figured things out.”
Litz and Nick Mastrianni brought home runs in the fourth inning for the Dutch and Hurley hit an RBI double in the fifth. Fisher, the lead-off hitter, had two singles and a double for the day.
Zach Kronick, who pitched five-and-two-thirds innings, told The Enterprise that he tried to throw a shutout for Guilderland. “I let runners get on board,” he said. “I wanted the shutout.”
The Dutchmen are 7-4 in the Suburban Council after going 3-1 since a loss to Shenendehowa on April 22. Guilderland went to the state finals last season, but is on a better pace this year. The team was 5-6 at this point in 2010.
“We’re not where we want to be, yet,” said LaValley. “We need to clean up the errors and get a few more quality starts. It’s a work in progress.”
Kronick, a new arrival, said he was excited to join the Dutch after watching what happened last year.
“We would like to get back to where we left off,” Kronick said. “I think that’s the goal.”