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  • COLLEGE BASEBALL: Niagara knocks HCCC out of regional playoffs

  • MAY 5 COLLEGE BASEBALL The top-seeded Herkimer County Community College Generals finished their season earlier than they hoped Saturday with back-to-back losses to Niagara County Community College in the opening round of the Region III playoffs. The Thunderwolves, ...
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  • NIAGARA COUNTY CC 4, HERKIMER COUNTY CC 3, first game
    NIAGARA COUNTY CC 4, HERKIMER COUNTY CC 3, second game
    The top-seeded Herkimer County Community College Generals finished their season earlier than they hoped Saturday with back-to-back losses to Niagara County Community College in the opening round of the Region III playoffs.
    The Thunderwolves, the fourth seed from the west defeated Herkimer 4-3 and 4-0 in th first two games on a best-of-three series and earned a spot in next weekend’s double-elimination Final Four at Veterans Memorial Park in LIttle Falls.
    “I am so proud of my team,” coach Jason Rathbun said. “We made no errors, pitched well, and hit the ball hard. Baseball is a game of inches and we just came up short today.”
    Niagara handed Herkimer starter Kyle Schwartz his first loss of the season in Game 1. Opposing pitcher Cal Sluberski led off the game with a home run for the Thunderwolves.
    Herkimer tied the score briefly in the bottom of the first on Hassan Evans’ triple and a Jake Luce single before Niagara took a 2-1 lead in the second. Schwartz and Sluberski kept the score 2-1 until the eighth when a two-run Mike Elwood home run extended the Thunderwolves’ lead.
    Herkimer fought back in the ninth inning, putting runners on first and second with two outs. John LeClair and Evans each hit a RBI-single to put the tying and winning runs on base for Tyler Hall. Hall hit a ball in the gap in right-center but saw the game end on a diving catch by Niagara right fielder Ernie Kirkwood.
    In Game 2, Herkimer got another strong pitching performance from Willie Gabay but Niagara’s Mark Gampietro got the better of the duel with a seven-hit shutout. brought his best game, putting up zeros through the sixth inning before finishing the day with a complete game shutout.
    The Thunderwolves got to Gabay in the seventh inning, when they scored three runs on two walks, a hit batter and a two-run double by Sluberski.
    The Generals loaded the bases in the ninth but couldn’t get a run across.
    The losses ended Herkimer’s season at 33-11.
    All four teams heading to Little Falls are traveling from the western half of the region. Onondaga and Erie community colleges both advanced at home as the top western seeds while Jamestown Community College went on the road and knocked out Schenectady County Community College, the second seed from the east.
    NIAGARA COUNTY CC 4, HERKIMER COUNTY CC 3, first game
    Niagara County CC    110 000 000 — 4  9  1
    Herkimer County CC    100 000 002 — 3  7  0
    W — Sluberski. L — Schwartz. 2B — Niagara County CC, Kirkwood. 3B — Herkimer County CC, Evans. HR — Niagara County CC, Sluberski, Elwood.
    Page 2 of 2 - NIAGARA COUNTY CC 4, HERKIMER COUNTY CC 3, second game
    Niagara County CC    000 000 301 — 4  6  0
    Herkimer County CC    000 000 000 — 0  7  0
    W — Gampietro. L — Gabay. 2B — Niagara County CC, Sluberski.
    Compiled From Telegram and Times Staff Reports
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