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Baseball adds six to Mountain Valley Conference Team

HERKIMER, NY – The Herkimer Generals baseball program had six players selected to the 2016 Mountain Valley All-Conference Team in May, watching the Generals go 22-2 against the Mountain Valley for Head Coach Jason Rathbun’s seventh consecutive conference title.

Selected to the infield was Joseph Foran (Fort Ann, NY), Christian Malave (Milford, CT) and Patrick Dorrian (Kingston, NY). Foran – a Liberal Arts & Sciences: General Studies major – made from second base. The sophomore was first in the conference in walks (26) and runs scored (33), second in stolen bases (10), third in on-base percentage (.596), 10th in home runs (2) and 11th in hits (24). Malave – a Liberal Arts & Sciences: Generals Studies major – made it at third base. The sophomore was first in home runs (5), fifth in runs batted in (23), ninth in hits (25), 15th in assists from his position (24) and 16th in slugging (.652). Dorrian – a Liberal Arts & Sciences: General Studies major – made it at shortstop. As a sophomore in the conference he was first in triples (4), fourth from his position in double plays (8), fifth in runs batted in (22), sixth in hits (26), eighth in runs scored (23), ninth in home runs (2) and assists (33) and 11th in doubles (7).

Selected as a designated hitter was Gage Lanning (Central Square, NY). The Business: Accounting major at Herkimer was first in runs batted in (32), second in hits (33), third in slugging percentage (.817), fourth in triples (2), fifth in runs scored (25), ninth in batting average (.465) and 13th in on-base percentage (.536). The right hander had a season-high five runs batted in against Schenectady on the road in a 19-5 win where he went 2-for-4 with a double and home run. After that performance, Lanning backed it up with three more four RBI games against SUNY Adirondack, Columbia-Greene and Fulton-Montgomery in April. Against the Timberwolves he went 2-for-4 with a double and triple, against the Twins he went 2-for-3 with a double and home run and against the Raiders he went 2-for-4 with a double.

Selected as an outfielder was John Novenche (Clifton Park, NY). The Liberal Arts & Sciences: General Studies major at Herkimer was first in the conference in hits (37), second in runs scored (30) and runs batted in (27), third in doubles (10), 12th in slugging percentage (.671) and 15th in batting average (.451). The sophomore had a season-high four RBI in a 6-5 road win over Hudson Valley in May which claimed the Mountain Valley Conference championship. That wasn’t it however as Novenche also had three three RBI performances against SUNY Adirondack, Columbia-Greene and Schenectady in April. Against the Timberwolves he went 2-for-4 with five runs scored, against the Twins he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a home run and against the Royals he went 2-for-2 with one run scored.

Selected as a pitcher was Greg Musk (Rotterdam, NY). The Liberal Arts & Sciences: General Studies major at Herkimer was a perfect 3-0 against the conference. The left hander had a season-high 11 strikeouts against Fulton-Montgomery in a 13-1 win where he only allowed one run off of four hits. Musk then backed that performance up with another gem against conference rival Mohawk Valley where he allowed only one run to plate in a complete game effort, scattering six hits and striking out seven in an 11-1 home win. Musk finished the season eighth in the conference in wins (3) second in earned run average (2.40) and 11th in strikeouts (24).

“All of these guys had great seasons for us, and to post a 22-2 conference record is incredible,” said Head Baseball Coach Jason Rathbun. “I’m proud of our seventh consecutive conference title. I can’t thank these student-athletes enough for all of their hard work they put into this program!”

-Giorgio Varlaro

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