SPARTANS BLANK BLACK KNIGHTS BEHIND CHANATRY’S ONE HITTER
Spartans hurler, Mark Chanatry (11), was masterful on the mound today.
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Senior right hander, Mark Chanatry, pitched a complete game, one hit shutout and the New Hartford Spartans belted out 11 hits en route to a 7-0 Tri-Valley League high school baseball game win this afternoon at Delutis Field, beating the host RFA Black Knights.
Rome’s Drew DeBlasiis led off the bottom of the first inning with a single to shallow left field.
After that, Chanatry did not allow another RFA hit and faced just two more than the minimum of batters over the next six innings, earning his sixth win on the mound this season.
After stranding a runner at third base in the first two innings, New Hartford broke through in the top of the third, when Ben Phelps led off with a sharp double down the right field line to start things off.
Brian Verbickas then stepped in and grounded to first, scoring Phelps and giving New Hartford a 1-0 lead, which is all they would need.
Manderson then scored on a wild pitch from RFA pitcher, Bernie Adorino, to Peter Cougan, to put the Spartans up 2-0, which is the way we’d go to the home half of the third.
After a scoreless inning and a half, the visitors added three more runs in the top of the fifth.
Connor Manderson reached on a chopper to third base and went to second on an infield error on a ground ball from Mark Chanatry.
With runners at first and second, Brian Verbickas drilled one into the gap in right center field, for a 2 RBI triple, giving the Spartans a 4-0 advantage.
The Spartans will likely fall from the #1 ranking after suffering two losses in their last four games since the last poll came out.
Chanatry made it look easy in the bottom of the fifth, getting RFA hitters on a strikeout and two tappers back to mound, on a total of eight pitches, sending the Spartans to the top of the sixth with a five run advantage.
After a scoreless sixth, Verbickas started things off with his second triple of the game in the top of the seventh.
A one out single by Peter Cougan scored Verbickas to make it 6-0. Cougan later scored on a single off the bat of Ryan Faro, giving New Hartford a 7-0 advantage,which is the way this one would end.
Chanatry finished the day with 3 strikeouts, while walking two and allowing just one hit in the winning effort.
Bernie Adorino took the loss on the hill for RFA, working all 7 innings, allowing 7 runs (6 earned), on 11 hits, striking out 3 and walking just 1. The Black Knights committed three errors in the field.
Verbickas led the Spartans at the plate, going 2 for 4, with 2 triples, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Ben Phelps also had two hits for New Hartford.
The win improves New Hartford to (14-2) overall and (9-1) in the TVL, good enough for the league championship.
RFA, meanwhile, drops to (9-7) overall and (6-4) in the TVL.
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New Hartford 0 0 2 0 3 0 2 7 11 0
RFA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3