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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, April 28, 2011

Dutchmen get only one hit off Kelly, Shenendehowa rolls

By Jordan J. Michael

GUILDERLAND –– It was a tale of two pitchers on Friday at Keenholts Park for a baseball game featuring Guilderland and Shenendehowa.

The Plainsmen’s Miles Kelly allowed only one hit over six innings, striking out four batters. Vinny Tamburello could only complete two-and-two-thirds innings for the Dutch after giving up seven runs on seven hits and five walks.

Shenendehowa had a stellar afternoon at both the plate and on the mound, winning 8 to 1. The team gave Kelly a four-run cushion in the first inning, bringing in runs off a few infield singles after loading the bases.

Tamburello told The Enterprise that his ego was “really killed” after checking the scoreboard in the first inning.

Matters got worse in the second inning when Branden Cogswell (who has a full-ride to University of Virginia next fall) cranked a home run to right field for the Plainsmen. The score was now 5 to 1 and Tamburello looked deflated.

“I got off my rhythm,” said Tamburello, who had two strikes on Cogswell before the home run. “We called a low fastball, but I missed and left one up in the zone. Done.”

In the third inning, Tamburello walked Justin Yurchak and then Yurchak was given second base off a sacrifice bunt. Tamburello proceeded to walk two more batters, and the bases were now loaded with two outs.

Shenendehowa didn’t have to exert much effort in the third inning, slowly rounding the bases as Tamburello continued to lose control and walk more batters. Yurchak scored on a walk, and the seventh Plainsmen run came in after Tamburello threw a sky-high pitch to the backstop.

Dutchmen Field was silent, except for the Shenendehowa faithful. Matthew Trestick replaced Tamburello, but the damage was complete.

“I think Vinny was a little too excited and that made him overthrow the ball,” said Guilderland Head Coach Doug LaValley after the game. “His fastball was flattened out, which takes away the liveliness of his pitching.”

Everything seemed to be working in Shenendehowa’s favor. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Nick Giunta made an unbelievable diving catch in deep left field, jumping backwards and rolling over before showing the ball in his hand. Fans cheered and begged for an instant replay.

“We lost to a better team…today,” LaValley said. “We’ll live to see another (better) day.”

Guilderland has lost a lot of offensive experience from its 2010 Class AA state runner-up team and LaValley said that he recognizes that by watching the approaches at the plate this season. The Dutch took a four-game losing streak to Averill Park on Wednesday.

“Our approach isn’t good right now,” said LaValley. “There’s not much productivity.”

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