Generals unable to get big hit in final two innings against Knights

TYLER, TX – Despite losing their ace after one inning and outhitting Northern Essex by two in nine innings Saturday morning in Tyler, Texas, the Herkimer Generals baseball team lost to the Knights by three runs (8-5) in the opening round of the NJCAA DIII World Series.

Herkimer (38-10) saw conference pitcher of the year Michael DeCarlo (Wynantskill, NY) last only a third of an inning, allowing three runs in the process, which was a season-high before giving way to Michael Harrington (Glens Falls, NY). Harrington stopped the bleeding, only allowing two more runs to the Knights into the sixth inning, finishing the game throwing 5 2/3 with six hits and four strike outs.

Harrington was in line for the win after the Generals put up five runs in the first three innings to lead 5-3, but Kyle Garrison (Schenectady, NY) and Denis Lyman (Kingston, NY) were unable to hold on long enough for the bats to come alive for the potential comeback win.

In the eighth and ninth innings, the Generals loaded the bases. Tyler Phillips (Hancock, NY) and Christopher Burns III (Endicott, NY) got the final two outs in the eighth and pinch hitter Andrew Cooper (Lansingburgh, NY) got the final out in the ninth, stranding six runners in the process. Phillips was one of three Generals to get an RBI Saturday, finishing 2-for-5.

Joining Phillips with RBIs were Shinnosuke Takahashi (Chiba, Japan) and Carlos Almonte (Brooklyn, NY). Takahashi finished 2-for-5 with one RBI and Almonte finished 2-for-4 with one RBI.

With the loss, the Generals snapped a six-game win streak. It was only the fourth time in May the team was held under 10 runs in a game. The Generals will play the loser of Tyler Community College and Suffolk County Community College Sunday (5/25) at 9 a.m. CST. It will be the fifth game of the NJCAA DIII College World Series.

Results:

Northern Essex (21-12) 8

Herkimer College (38-10) 5

NECC 300 002 102 |8

HERK 401 000 000 |5

Hitting:

Knights

Anthony Caiani 2-for-4 2RBI

Daniel Bonito 3-for-4 2RBI

Zarif Pajazetovic 1-for-4 1RBI

Jose Ortiz 1-for-4 1RBI

Elmidio Crisostome 2-for-4 1RBI

Generals

Tyler Phillips 2-for-5 1RBI

Shinnosuke Takahashi 2-for-5 1RBI

Carlos Almonte 2-for-4 1RBI

Matthew Lichtman 3-for-5

Pitching:

North Essex

Zachary Beckwith (W, 7-1) 7 1/3IP 5ER 12H 2BB 7K

Ryan McAuliffe 1 2/3IP 0ER 3H 1BB

Herkimer

Michael DeCarlo 1/3IP 3ER 3H 2BB 1K

Mike Harrington 5 2/3IP 2ER 6H 1BB 4K

Kyle Garrison (L, 4-1) 2IP 3ER 3H 1BB 1K

Denis Lyman 1IP 0ER 1H 2BB 2K

-Giorgio Varlaro

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