NJCAA DIVISION III WORLD SERIES
All but the weather went right for the Herkimer County Community College Generals through the first day and a half of the NJCAA’s Division III World Series.
The second-seeded Generals were one of two teams to make in through the first day of double-elimination play in the eight-team tournament without a loss. Rain Friday backed the start of their semifinal game against No. 8 Dutchess Community College up more than four hours before it was eventually postponed and rescheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. eastern time.
The Generals routed Anne Arundel Community College and Rock Valley College Thursday, winning 12-1 and 12-2 in a pair of games shortened by the junior college mercy rule. Now 41-2, Herkimer has won 16 games in a row and 39 of its last 40 as it closes in on a shot at the first national championship for the program
Dutchess got the World Series off to a surprising start Thursday with its 4-2 win over No. 1 Brookdale Community College, the winner of three national championships since 2002 and one of two teams that have beaten Herkimer this season. Dutchess then defeated Monroe Community College 6-4.
West Canada Valley graduate Alexa DiSpirito drew the start for Herkimer’s opener and combined with Toni Secreti on a five-inning one-hitter against Anne Arundel.
Each team scored a run in the first inning and the Generals went ahead to stay with a run in the second. Herkimer pounded 18 hits and scored two runs in the third inning,m four in the fourth and four in the fifth. Jessica Patterelli, Samantha Smaldone and Stephanie Siriano combined for 10 hits. Rebekah had a home run among her two hits drove in three runs.
Herkimer took a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Rock Valley; two runs scored on a Delaney Buckley triple and Buckley scored on Tina Karaqi’s sacrifice fly.
The Generals sent 13 batters to the plate in the second inning and scored seven more runs. Kitchen led off with her second home run of the day.
Karaqi hit a home run in the third inning when Herkimer tallied its final two runs.
Compiled From Time Staff Reports