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  • COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Generals win national championship

  • MAY 18 COLLEGE SOFTBALL



    A long day in Minnesota ended late Saturday with the Herkimer County Community College Generals hoisting the NJCAA’s Division III championship trophy.



    The eight-team, double-elimination World Series was held up by rain Friday and Herkimer, the No. 2 seed, wound up beating No. 1 Brookdale Community College 5-2 for the championship.

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  • A long day in Minnesota ended late Saturday with the Herkimer County Community College Generals hoisting the NJCAA’s Division III championship trophy.
    The eight-team, double-elimination World Series was held up by rain Friday and Herkimer, the No. 2 seed, wound up beating No. 1 Brookdale Community College 5-2 for the championship. Upset in Thursday’s opening round, Brookdale battled back and was playing its fourth game of the day Saturday; had the Jersey Blues won Game 1 in the championship round, which started at approximately 10 p.m. in the eastern time zone, a second game would have followed.
    The championship is a first for coach P.J. Anadio’s program — the Generals went to the World Series for the first time last spring and finished fifth — and capped a 43-2 season for Herkimer. Brookdale had beaten Herkimer, the preseason No. 1, 3-0 in Myrtle Beach during the Generals’ spring break trip.
    A rally in the semifinals earlier in the day put Herkimer in the championship game. The Generals trailed upset-minded Dutchess Community College 5-1 before scoring five times and pulling out a 6-5 victory. Dutchess, seeded eighth, had already beaten Brookdale in its opening game two days earlier.
    Trailing in the sixth inning, Herkimer rallied to tie the game. Delaney Buckley led off with a singe and Stephanie Siriano added a hit with one out. Tina Karaqi, the tournament’s most valuable player and outstanding offensive performer, drove home a run with a single and two more scored on a bases-loaded hit by Alyssa Balfe. Courtney Gumprecht, the No. 9 batter, contributed the tying hit.
    Stephanie Siriano singled in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored the winning run on a hit by Karaqi.
    Herkimer took a 3-0 lead in the championship game and never trailed.
    Herkimer’s Toni Secreti, the tournament’s outstanding pitcher, took the ball for the championship.
    Karaqi got the Generals going with a hit in the second inning, part of her 6-for-8 day between the two games. Gumprecht’s sacrifice fly plated the first run and two more came on Ashley Sterritt’s double in the third
    Siriano homered in the fifth inning and and Karaqi did the same to put the Generals up 5-1.
    Brookdale loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. A pop fly caught by Balfe at first base ended the game.
    Smaldone had two hits against Dutchess and Jessica Patterelli earned the victory with three innings in relief.
    Compiled From Times Staff Reports

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