Generals split with Cannoneers in home opener
(Tyler Phillips digs out a double in the first game against the Cannoneers Thursday afternoon).
(Eric Downey drives in a runs on this single against Jefferson Thursday).
HERKIMER, NY – The Herkimer Generals baseball team played their first game at home Thursday afternoon against Jefferson Community College. In game one the Generals won 17-0 in five innings, while in game two the Generals lost 5-3 in seven innings.
Herkimer 8-4 (0-0) came out swimming in game one with Michael DeCarlo (Wynantskill, NY) starting. The Generals scored seven runs in the first inning after DeCarlo struck out the side in the top half, bringing 11 batters to the plate in total. Christopher Burns III (Endicott, NY) and Shinnosuke Takahashi (Chiba, Japan) both had two RBI singles to start off the scoring. Brandon Martinez (River Edge, NJ) and Eric Downey (Colonie, NY) also got in on the action in the first adding RBI singles.
Herkimer added two more runs in the second and three in the third, keyed by an A.J. Fabrizio (Palm City, FL) two-run home run. It was his first home run as a General. It didn’t stop there as Herkimer scored five more runs in the fifth, cruising to a 17-0 victory.
DeCarlo threw all five innings for the Generals in game one. He finished the game allowing three hits and one walk. DeCarlo also added seven strike outs to his totals, now standing at 2-0 on the season.
In game two, Herkimer jumped out to another early lead, this time on a Takahashi two RBI double. Fabrizio then doubled home a run in the third inning to make it 3-0 early. From there, the wheels fell off the offense, scoring no more runs in the game. It wasted a solid outing from Robert Hardy (Clark Mills, NY) who went five shutout innings before giving way to the bullpen. The pen allowed five runs in the final two innings with a clutch hit by Jefferson’s Shavict Lora with the bases loaded in the seventh. The two out hit drove home three runs, giving the Cannoneers a 5-3 lead.
Herkimer answered in the bottom of the seventh, getting the tying runs on base, but Jefferson closer Kyle Simmons struck out the final batter of the game to end the threat.
Herkimer’s next game is against Schenectady County Community College next Tuesday (4/8). The Generals will travel to Central Park to take on the Royals in another doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 2 p.m.
-Giorgio Varlaro; Athletic Website Manager