On Schools: Canajoharie baseball playing like defending champions


Joe Fowler took a reasoned approach to assessing the Canajoharie baseball team’s outlook for the season.

“Basically,” Fowler said, “since we were champions, we lost three key ball players and needed to replace them. But once we did that, we should be looking forward to playing like a championship team again. We filled those spots, and it looks like they fulfilled the roles they needed to.”

Fowler, who was an assistant coach last year, took over guiding the 2021 Section II Class C champions this season, and was blessed with a team that had 10 seniors on its roster of 13, and a good number of returners.

“That’s huge. There’s great leadership in this group of boys. They’ve been playing together since tee-ball, and seeing them jell into fine young men is great. They really understand the game,” Fowler said.

Fowler had to replace a pitcher, an infielder and a center fielder. He determined that he had enough returning pitching to absorb that spot, then brought up freshmen from the JV roster, infielder Cody Hyney and outfielder Aiden Bowerman, to fill the other roles.

The team earned a pair of important wins in the Western Athletic Conference. On May 5, it defeated Fonda-Fultonville 4-1. It then topped Galway 8-5 on Monday.

“That was huge because Fonda is in our Hudson Division, and [Monday] beating Galway, which was undefeated in its division,” Fowler said. “The boys have been improving daily with the bats and making fewer errors.”

Though they have all contributed to the team’s winning ways, Fowler mentioned several players that have especially raised their game, including catcher Riley Montanye, infielder Zack Suits, infielder/pitcher Rich Tamsett and pitcher Jack Montanye.

“Riley plays club ball, as well, and I would think he’s the number one catcher in the league; very enthusiastic, one of the leaders on the team,” Fowler said. “Zack understands the game very well, plays good defense. Jack brought us there last year, pitching in the championship win over Lake George.”

In general, the team is showing great balance, which is what every coach wants entering sectionals. The Cougars (13-3) get one last regular-season test Sunday – Lake George, which has only lost once this season, at historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.


There are many Montgomery County athletes in the top 10 of the Section II track and field leaderboard, updated through last Saturday.

Fonda-Fultonville senior Alessandro Saltsman is first in discus with his throw of 184 feet, thrown in a dual meet on May 3. He ranks second in the shot put with his 53-10 throw on April 23 at the Niskayuna Silver Warrior Classic. He’s also third in the javelin (124-0, Ballston Spa Field Invitational, April 18).

Teammate Ashton Glasser is 10th in the javelin with a 100-10, also at the Ballston Spa Field Invitational.

Amsterdam senior Garrett McHeard ranks third in shot put (53-5, Niskayuna Silver Warrior Classic) and third in discus (156-7, Niskayuna Silver Warrior Classic).

Fonda-Fultonville senior Carter Petersen ranks second in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 15.13 seconds, achieved at the Ballston Spa Invitational on April 16. Though his ranking may change, as he ran a 14.9 in Monday’s dual meet against Mayfield/Northville. He’s second in the pole vault, with 13-6 at a May 6 dual meet. 

Fort Plain senior Clayton Welch ranks seventh in the 400 after his 52.16 time at the Maple Hill Invitational on April 30.

Fonda-Fultonville sophomore Mathieu Dettenreider ranks ninth in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:09.80, Cohoes Relays, April 30), while teammate Bennett Melita, a junior, is sixth in the 3,000 (9:29.18, Niskayuna Silver Warrior Classic).

Finally, Fonda-Fultonville’s 3200 relay team at the Cohoes Relays turned in a 8:32.59, at the Cannoneer Challenge on May 6, good for seventh-fastest in the section.

For the girls, Fonda-Fultonville junior Emma Crahan is second in the javelin (98-10, Ballston Spa Field Invitational).

Fort Plain senior Sarah Florian ranks 10th in the discus (97-9, dual meet, May 3).



The winning margin for Canajoharie’s Soren Viet-Scott in the 200 meters on Tuesday, when she finished in 29.5 seconds, to Galway’s Julia Reedy in 29.6.


Intentional walks issued by Broadalbin-Perth to Amsterdam in the bottom of the seventh inning in their baseball game May 5. Ryan Reagan made the Patriots pay with a game-ending single, for a 7-6 Rams win.


Runs Shelby LaMont drove in with her walk-off home run against Johnstown on May 4, giving the Rams a 21-20 win. 


Draw controls won by Amsterdam/Broadalbin-Perth’s Sydney Hoefs in the team’s 13-9 girls’ lacrosse win over Johnstown on May 5. She also had five goals and three assists.


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