Generals get two complete games from Secreti and Ormond
(The Generals final two runs of the game were scored on this hit in the third inning).
HERKIMER, NY – Opening their season at home against SUNY Adirondack on Saturday, the Herkimer Generals Softball team got two complete game shutouts from one freshman and one sophomore, defeating the Timberwolves 8-0 in game one and 11-0 in game two.
Herkimer 12-5 (5-1) saw Toni Secreti (Syracuse, NY) and Brittany Ormond (New Paltz, NY) only allow four hits on Saturday in 10 combined innings. Secreti allowed no runs and three hits in five, while Ormond allowed no runs on one hit, giving Herkimer their first win streak at home this season, playing 15 consecutive away games since the beginning of March.
On offense in game one, the Generals pounded out runs in every inning but the third. Scoring the first run of the game was Sarah Heimbach (Greenwich, NY) on a passed ball. Later sophomore Delaney Buckley collected a single which (Utica, NY) scored Sammy Smaldone (Delmar, NY), building the lead to 2-0.
Sophomore Ashley Sterritt (Accord, NY) scored runs in the second and fourth innings, getting on base via a double and single. Heimbach was the only other General to score two runs in the game, collecting a single and double herself as well. Both players combined to go 5-for-5 in game one, getting on base for others to drive them in.
Taking advantage of having both Sterrit and Heimbach on base in the third was Smaldone. The sophomore knocked in both on a single to give the Generals a 7-0 lead. The team collected one more run in the fourth when Tina Karaqui (Thornwood, NY) scored on an error, reaching 8-0.
In game two, the Generals scored six runs in the first inning, collecting RBI singles from Smaldone, Kayla Bancroft (Fort Ann, NY), Caitlin Sanders (Duanesburg, NY) and Alexis Capasso (Gloversville, NY). Smaldone finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Bancroft finished 2-for-2 with one RBI, Sanders finished 1-for-2 with one RBI and Capasso finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs.
It didn’t stop there, two more runs in the second and three more in the third got the Generals to 11-0. Helping get them there was Terra Lawler (Syracuse, NY) and Karintha Myslivecek (Redfield, NY). Lawler finished the game 1-for-1 with an RBI, while Myslivecek finished 1-for-2 with one RBI.
Herkimer will play back-to-back days at home for the only time this season Sunday, managing to squeeze in a game against Finger Lakes Community College March 13th after Orange Community College was unable to make the trip down to Herkimer. The Generals will play the Lakers at Harmon Field due to field problems of their own. The doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.
-Giorgio Varlaro; Athletic Website Manager