Softball wins the Region IIIA Championship and advances to Rochester, MN
Batavia, NY-- Friday afternoon was memorable to those of the 2017 Herkimer Generals softball team as they won the program's sixth straight Region III Championship. The #1 Region III seeded Generals faced the #4 seeded Genesee Cougars on their home field in Batavia, NY. Herkimer came to the ballpark ready to make a statement.
The first inning Herkimer shut down the first three Cougar batters to take hold of momentum. The offense came out strong landing an early 3-0 lead after their first at bats. The Generals produced two more runs in the second inning giving them a comfortable 5-0 lead. In the fifth inning the Generals put the nail in the coffin as sophomore Bailee Haddad (Frankfort, NY) stepped up to the plate with the game ending run standing at third base and just one out. Haddad attempted to hit a sacrifice fly but instead produced a deep fly ball over the centerfielder's head to score the one run needed to end the game.
In the circle for the Generals was sophomore Casey Boltersdorf (Levittown, PA). Boltersdorf held the Cougars to just three hits, earning four strikeouts and no walks. She threw what assistant coach Emily Woudenberg said was "her best outing of the season." Boltersdorf named honorary captain at the Generals' last home game by head coach PJ Anadio in the sophomore recognition ceremony, has been a natural leader of this team from the beginning. In game one of the Regional Championship Boltersdorf had a dominating presence that sparked her team to an 8-0 victory in five innings putting into affect the mercy rule.
Herkimer was just one win away from punching their ticket to the NJCAA Division III National Championship in Rochester, MN. The Generals became somewhat of a sleeping giant in game two as the offense was unproductive the first three innings. In the circle for the Generals to try and close the deal was freshman Keeanna Wolcik (Baldwinsville, NY).
The Cougars were able to gain a little life as they had a few good hits off of Wolcik to start. Herkimer trailed 1-0 after the first inning and 3-0 after the end of the third. The sleeping giant arose and answered back as the Generals offense exploded in the fourth inning scoring 7 runs and batted around the lineup plus one. Those seven runs were more than enough, but the Herkimer offense remained profitable scoring a total 13 runs in seven innings, from 16 hits.
The Generals celebrated after pitcher Keeanna Wolcik recorded the last out with her 11th strikeout of the game to earn her and her team their sixth straight Region III championship winning 13-4.