Summary submitted by coach Jason Rathbun
#1 Seed in the East, Herkimer, felt the same fate as all the seeds from the East on Saturday as their seasons ended with two game sweeps.
Niagara, the #4 seed in the West, got on the board in the first inning off previously unbeaten Kyle Schwartz when starting pitcher Sluberski led off the game with a home run. Hassan Evans tripled in the bottom of the first and scored on a Jake Luce single to make it 1-1.
Niagara responded in the second when the got a two out hit by pitch and scored on two consecutive singles. Sluberski and Schwartz would then settle in till the 8th.
Niagara got a two out single then Elwood hit a 3-1 pitch over the fence to make it 4-1. Herkimer would fight back in the 9th.
A walk, fielders choice, and hit by pitch put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. Pinch hitter Justin Weakley struck out, but John LeClair and Hassan Evans back to back RBI singles made it 4-3. Tyler Hall would hit a ball to the gap that would have scored game tying and winning run but the RF Kirkwood would make a diving catch to end the game.
In game two Willie Gabay went a strong 9 innings but NCCC starter Gampietro matched game putting zeros on the board through the first six innings.
NCCC got to Gabay in the 7th when a single, 3-2 count walk, hit batter, and another 3-2 walk scored the first run. After a strikeout and a popout, lead off hitter Sluberski hurt the Generals again with a 2 RBI double.
Niagara led 3-0 and added another run in the 9th. Herkimer loaded the bases in the 9th but strikeouts to LeClair and Evans ended the #3 nationally ranked team’s chances at a regional title.
Herkimer finishes the season at 33-11. Herkimer coach Jason Rathbun said “I am so proud of my team, we made no errors, pitched well, and hit the ball hard. Baseball is a game of inches and we just came up short today. I am so proud of our guys, my heart really goes out to them, I know they are disappointed.”
Niagara 4 Herkimer 3
NCCC 110 000 020 4-9-1
HCCC 100 000 002. 3-7-0
W:Sluberski L-Schwartz 9-1
HR:NCCC Sluberski, Elwood
Niagara 4 Herkimer 0
NCCC 000 000 301 4-6-0
HCCC 000 000 000. 0-7-0
W-Gampietro L-Gabay 6-1
GENERALS SWEEP-KYLE SCHWARTZ EARNS WIN #9 ON THE MOUND
Herkimer improved to 32-8 with a sweep at home today vs Jefferson CC. Herkimer won game one behind Kyle Schwartz’s ninth win of the season with a score of 3-1. Schwartz worked 7 innings allowing 1 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, while striking out 12 hitters.
Herkimer got on the board in the 3rd inning with an RBI single by John LeClair.
JCC tied the game in the top of the fourth but Herkimer took the lead back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single by Ryan Watson. Hassan Evans added an insurance run for Schwartz and the Generals in the 5th inning with an RBI double.
Herkimer won game two 7-4 behind Tyler Barhydt on the mound. Sean Tripp came on to get the save working the final two innings. With the score tied 1-1 after 3 innings, JCC took the lead with 3 runs scoring with two outs on a few RBI singles that found some holes in the defense.
Herkimer responded with 6 runs in the bottom of the inning. Brandon Overstreet started the inning with a single, followed by a walk to Hayden Caffey and LeClair to load the bases.
A wild pitch advanced all the runners, then Tyler Hall got a 2 RBI double and later scored on a 2 RBI double by Tim Whalen. Overstreet drove in the final run of the inning as Herkimer took the 7-4 lead.
Herkimer travels to Watertown Fairgrounds to finish the 4 game series with Jefferson tomorrow for a 1 pm DH.
Herkimer 3 Jefferson 1
JCC. 000 100 0. 1-4-2
HCCC 001 110 x. 3-6-0
W-Schwartz 9-0 L-Amann
Herkimer 7 Jefferson 4
JCC. 010 300 0. 4-7-2
HCCC 100 600 x. 7-9-0
2B:H-Evans, Hall, Whalen
GENERALS WIN BATTLE OF RANKED TEAMS KNOCK OFF OCC 18-7
# 3 HCCC 18 # 5 OCC 7
Herkimer, the new #3 ranked team by NJCAA, topped #5 Onondaga in a scheduled nine inning game on Wednesday 18-8.
Onondaga got 3 runs in the first inning when the lead off hitter reached on a past ball strikeout and scored on a double.
The Herkimer bats woke up in the 6th inning and capitalized on some free passes to score 18 runs in the inning.
A lead off single by Luce was followed with a two run home run by Justin Weakley. Overstreet doubled, Barbato singled then both scored on a double by John LeClair.
Evans singled home LeClair, Hall popped out to SS, Nethaway walked, then Watson singled home Evans. Luce and Weakley were then hit by pitches before Overstreet doubled home 3 more runs.
Barbato and LeClair were then hit by pitches before Evans walked home a run. Hall would single home 2 more runs. Nethaway and Watson walked to score another run before Luce a 3 RBI double. Overstreet singled home another run before OCC would get out of the inning.
Joe Kuzia got the win working 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 1 walk, only 2 ER while striking out 7. Herkimer travels to OCC tomorrow for another 9 inning contest before hosting Jefferson on Saturday at 1 pm. Herkimer moves to 30-7 overall.
Herkimer won game one 6-4. Schenectady got 4 runs in the first two innings off starter Joe Kuzia but Herkimer scored 5 runs of their own in the first two innings to lead 5-4 after two innings.
Jake Luce got a two RBI single in the first and John LeClair had a two RBI triple in the second inning.
LeClair also had an RBI double in the 4th inning. Sean Tripp worked 4 strong innings out of the bullpen allowing only 1 hit with no walks and 3 strike outs to earn the save. John LeClair was 2-3 with 2b, 3b and 3 RBI.
Tyler Hall got his first college start on the mound in game two and worked 3 effective innings before giving away to Tyler Barhydt who worked the final 4 innings as Herkimer won game two 6-4.
Vinny Barbato broke a 2-2 tie in the 4th inning with a RBI base hit, followed by a two RBI base hit by LeClair as Herkimer opened up a 6-2 lead. John LeClair was 2-4 in game two with a double and 2 RBI and Vinny Barbato was 2-2 with a double and RBI.
Herkimer moves to 26-6 and 20-3 in D3. Herkimer hosts MVCC on Saturday for a noon start DH.
Herkimer 6 Schenectady 4
SCC 220 000 0. 4-4-0
HCCC 230 100 x. 6-7-2
W-Kuzia L-Brinkman SV-Tripp
2B:HCCC LeClair, Watson SCC Kovel
3B:HCCC LeClair, Nethaway
Herkimer 6 Schenectady 4
SCC 002 002 0. 2-7-1
HCCC 101 400 x. 6-10-2
2B: HCCC LeClair, Sebrell, Barbato SCC Galgay
Kyle Schwartz improved to 7-0 with a game one victory 14-3 on Sunday as the Generals improved to 24-4 on the season.
Schwartz worked all 5 innings allowing 2 earned run, 6 hits, 1 walk with 4 strikeouts.
Luke Nethaway was 3-3 with a double and triple in game one. Herkimer plated 6 runs in the 2nd inning keyed by a 2 RBI single by John LeClair.
Herkimer earned the 13-3 victory in game two scoring 8 runs with two outs in the fifth inning.
Gerald Iglesias was 3-3 with a double, home run and Jake Luce, Tyler Hall, and Luke Nethaway all went 2-4 in game two.
The #6 ranked Generals now move to 24-4 and 22-1 in D3. Herkimer has won 22 games in a row. Herkimer has a four game series with Schenectady starting on Tuesday at SCC.
Herkimer 14 Fulton Montgomery 3
HCCC 264 20. 14-9-0
FMCC 002 10. 3-6-5
W-Schwartz 7-0 L-Paula
Herkimer 13 FMCC 3
HCCC 112 18. 13-14-0
FMCC 020 10. 3-2-2
W-Smith 1-0 L-Astacio
2B-H:LeClair, Hall, Nethaway, Iglesias
GENERALS MARCH TO # 6 NATIONAL RANKING-TAKE TWO FROM COLUMBIA-GREENE
Two more wins as Generals win 18th straight game!
Willie Gabay went the distance, for the Generals, in game one, working 7 innings allowing 2 earned runs, 3 hits, while walking 6 and striking out 9 hitters.
John LeClair tied the game with a solo homerun in 5th inning and the had the go ahead RBI single in the 7th driving in Kyle Parmenter.
Ryan Watson went 5 innings in game two and waited for the Herkimer bats to come alive breaking a 2-2 tie in the 5th inning with 5 runs. Dan Smith and Lewis Sebrell were 3-4 in game two.
Herkimer the #6 ranked team by the NJCAA improves to 20-4. They host FMCC on Saturday for a 1 pm start.
HCCC 020 010 1. 4 8 1
CGCC 201 000 0. 3 3 2
W-Gabay 4-0 L-Halligan
2B-HCCC Weakley 2
HR-HCCC LeClair CGCC Gorman
Herkimer 13 CGCC 4-Game 2
HCCC 001 154 2. 13 13 1
CGCC 200 011 1. 4. 9. 2
W- Watson 4-0 L-Gorman
2B-HCCC LeClair, Evans, Sebrell
16 STRAIGHT WINS FOR GENERALS
Herkimer sent 13 hitters to the plate in the first inning and capitalized on four free passes to plate 8 runs. John LeClair made the first out in the inning out of the eight spot in the lineup when his sacrifice fly made the score 6-0.
Columbia Greene CC came out swinging the bats as well against starting pitcher Kyle Schwartz. Schwartz gave up his first two runs of the season when Jacobson hit a two run base hit with two outs in the second inning.
Schwartz then gave up 4 more runs in the 3rd inning including a home run to Gorman, his second homerun of the season.
Schwartz would settle down and work into the seventh inning.Schwartz finished with 6.1 innings allowing 7 ER with 9 hits and 1 walk while striking out 9 hitters.
Hassan Evans was 3-3 with 3 RBI in game one. Luke Nethaway was 2-4 with a double and a triple.
Brandon Overstreet had much more success against the Columbia Greene lineup in game two. Overstreet went all five innings allowing only one walk and two hits while striking out five hitters.
Herkimer plated early runs in game two as well when they plated 6 runs in the second inning. Nethaway led off the inning with a triple, his second on the day, and scored on a Kyle Parmenter base hit.
Ryan Watson then drove in Parmenter and Casey Dennison with his first college homerun. Tyler Hall drove in the final two runs of the inning to make it 6-0.
Hassan Evans tripled in the final two runs in the fifth to seal the 10-0 victory.
Herkimer has won 16 in a row and improved to 18-4 and 17-1 in DIII. Herkimer travels to CGCC to finish the 4 game series.
Herkimer 14 Columbia-Greene 7
CGCC 024 000 1 7 9 3
HCCC 840 110 X 14 13 0
W-Schwartz 6-0 L- Griffiths
2B- H:Nethaway, CG:Kelly, DeVinney, Hunt
Herkimer 10 Columbia Greene 0
CGCC 000 00 0 2 1
HCCC 061 12 10 12 0
W-Overstreet 5-0 L-Jacobson
3B-H:Evans, Nethaway, LeClair
TWO MORE WINS FOR THE GENERALS AS HCCC SWEEPS ADIRONDACK
Ryan Watson went all five innings in game one with 6 ks allowing 4 hits and one walk. Justin Stevener was 3-3 in game one.
Willie Gabay pitched a no hitter in game two. Gabay struck out 12 over 5 innings and allowed 5 walks. The Generals pounded out 22 hits and capitalized on 11 ACC errors.
Herkimer has now won 14 in a row and improved to 16-4 on the season. Herkimer hosts Columbia Greene Tuesday at 2 pm.
Herkimer 12 Adirondack 0
Hccc 060 15. 12 12 0
ACC. 000 00. 0 4 1
W-Watson 3-0 L-Jenkins
2B-HCCC Parmenter, Overstreet ACC Therrien HR-HCCC Evans
Herkimer 27 Adirondack 1
HCCC 921 5(10). 27 22 0
ACC. 010 00. 0 0 11
W-Gabay 3-0 L-Tyrrell
2B-hccc Barbato, Whalen, Luce, Dennison HR-Hccc LeClair
Herkimer Finishes 4 Game Sweep of Clinton
Brandon Overstreet improved to 3-0 pitching 5 innings allowing 2 bb, 5 hits, and 2 earned runs while striking out 6.
Kyle Schwartz kept his streak alive improving to 5-0 with a 0.00 ERA working his 4th complete game of the season in a 10-0 game two victory.
Schwartz went all 5 innings allowing 2 hits with no walks while striking out 6. Herkimer took advantage of 8 walks in the first inning and scored 8 runs in the first. Ryan Watson was 2-3 in game two.
Herkimer improves to 14-4 and 13-1 in Division 3. Herkimer returns to diamond on Saturday at Adirondack for a Doubleheader starting at 2 pm.
Herkimer 8 Clinton 6-Game one
CCC 101 103 0. 6 7 4
HCCC 122 300 x. 8 8 2
2B-Herkimer Dennison and Caffey HR-Herkimer-Weakley
Herkimer 10 Clinton 0-Game 2
CCC 000 00. 0 2 0
HCCC 801 01. 10 5 0
2B Herkimer Watson and Whalen
MHTS Sunday update:
Willie Gabay paced the Generals through 5 innings as Herkimer took a rain shortened victory 3-0.
Gabay went all 5 and allowed 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8. Gerald Iglesias and Vinny Barbato both scored on past balls in the 3rd inning to open up a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Hall singled in the 5th inning and would score later on a throwing error on the second baseman. Herkimer had the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth inning when the tarp was called onto the field.
Herkimer improves to 10-4 on the season. The Generals have won 8 in a row and travel to Clinton on Tuesday, then host Clinton on Thursday for a 2:00 doubleheader.
Kyle Schwartz improves to 4-0 with a game one win.
Game summaries provided by coach Jason Rathbun
The Herkimer County Community College baseball team continued its hot start to the 2012 season with a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Vikings from Hudson Valley Community College.
Schwartz went 7 innings allowing only 2 hits, with 2 walks, adding 6 strikeouts and held his season ERA to 0.00 to improve to 4-0 on the campaign.
Herkimer got an early 1-0 lead in the first when Tyler Hall scored, after his two out double, on a Luke Nethaway single. Nethaway added two more RBI’s in the 5th when he doubled home Evans and Hall.
John LeClair and Brandon Overstreet led off the 6th inning with singles and both scored on Justin Weakley’s base hit.
Ryan Watson improved to 2-0 on the mound with a strong 5 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 walks with 3 strikeouts as Herkimer took game two 8-3.
Tyler Hall sacrificed home Vinny Barbato in the first inning and Herkimer exploded for 7 runs in the 4th inning to take a 8-1 lead.
Tim Whalen got the big inning started with a big 2 RBI double with one out in the fifth inning. Whalen went 2-4 in game two, Nethaway was 3-4 again in game two, and Hayden Caffey went 2-3 to lead the offense.
Herkimer travels to Hudson Valley tomorrow for a 1:00 PM DH to conclude the series.
HERKIMER BASEBALL SWEEPS NASSAU CC AT BEAUTIFUL FARMINGDALE STATE FIELD
Herkimer County Community College pitcher Kyle Schwartz continued his dominance, on the mound early in the 2012 season, pitching a no-hitter in a game one 6-0 victory over Nassau County Community College.
The Generals carried the momentum from game one into the second half of the twin bill to complete a sweep with a game two win, 8-6 as HCCC improves to 7-4 on the campaign.
Schwartz, a Division I University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff recruit, improved to 3-0 on the season and holds a 0.00 ERA through three starts against Suffolk, MC-Germantown, and Nassau all on the road.
Schwartz went 7 innings with 5 strikeouts and allowed 5 walks. Herkimer led off the game with a run in the first on a RBI basehit by Lewis Sebrell that scored Hassan Evans.
Herkimer added two more runs in the third when Tyler Hall singled in Hassan Evans and then scored on a Luke Naethaway double off the wall.
Barbato singled in Brandon Overstreet in the 4th inning to stretch the lead to 4-0.
Herkimer exploded for 5 runs in the first inning of game two and kept a Nassau comeback short in the seventh and hung on to a 8-6 victory in game two.
Barbato and Evans singled and scored after a Hall sacrifice bunt when an errant throw to first sailed into rightfield.
Ryan Watson lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. Justin Weakley plated 2 more runs on his double to the leftfield gap.
Several scouts lined up to watch Willie Gabay pitch 4 1/3 innings and he struckout 10 hitters allowing only 2 hits, 1 unearned run, while walking five to earn his first win in 2012.
Joe Kuzia pitched a solid 1 2/3 innings before Nassau exploded for 4 runs in the 7th inning, but Brandon Overstreet closed the door to earn his first save of the season to seal the fourth win in a row for the Generals.
Herkimer stands at 7-4 and opens up at home vs Hudson Valley next Saturday for a doubleheader that starts at 1pm.