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Generals open northern season with two wins » Herkimer Generals

Generals open northern season with two wins

Utica, NY – The young Generals got their northern season off to a fine start by sweeping a doubleheader from Mohawk Valley on Friday afternoon and evening. Herkimer defeated the Hawks 12-2 and 13-7.

The 2013 Herkimer squad may be young (the roster includes only two seniors) but this is a very talented team. They are solid defensively at all nine positions, they have plenty of power at the plate, and they have four pitchers who can get the job done in the circle.

It was a harsh day in Utica. The temps were in the mid- and low-40s, a strong wind blew in from the right field corner toward third base, and a few flakes of snow fell during the second game.

Game One

Softball 4 6 2013 TinaKaraqiHerkimer freshman Toni Secreti stepped into the circle for the first game. She pitched with poise and earned the win – her third of the young season.

Photo: Tina Karaqi goes with the pitch and lines a triple into right field

Freshman Samantha Smaldone stroked the game's first hit – a hard single to left. Senior Stephanie Siriano advanced her to third. Delaney Buckley brought Smaldone home with a productive out, and the Generals were on the board. Secreti and her teammates shut down the Hawks in their half of the first.

Herkimer had a huge second inning. Third baseman Ashley Sterritt walked. First baseman Alyssa Balfe stroked a single. Left fielder Courtney Gumprecht drove a double almost to the fence. Jessica Patterelli and Smaldone singled. Siriano smashed a double to right field. Six Generals had crossed the plate.

The play of the game may have come in the MV third. With a Hawk runner on first with an infield hit, a ball was blasted into center field. The wind was buffeting the ball, but Siriano tracked it, ran back, and made the catch going away.

The Generals added three more runs in the fourth and a pair in the fifth. The eight-run rule ended the contest after five innings with Herkimer winning 12-2.

Softball 4 6 2013 ShortstopKaraqiThe win was Head Coach PJ Anadio's 100th career coaching win with the softball squad. He commented after the game, "I know all the players and former players are taking great pride in this so that gives me satisfaction."

Photo: The final out of Game One – Shortstop Karaqi catches a popup as third baseman Sterritt backs her up

Herkimer     160 32     12-16-3

MVCC     020 00       2-5-2

WP-Secreti (3-1) LP- Pogoda

2B- H-Siriano (2), Buckley, Balfe, Gumprecht

3B- H- Karaqi

Herkimer   (7-1, 5-0, 1-0)  

Game Two

The weather got colder and more harsh, but both the Generals and the Hawks handled the situation well. Herkimer hurler Alexa DiSpirito went into the circle.

Softball 4 6 2013 CatlinSandersThe Generals hit three balls well, but did not score in the first inning. MV scored a run and were threatening to score another in the home half of the frame when HCCC right fielder Catlin Sanders charged a single, fired to first, and got the force out that cancelled the run that was crossing the plate.

Photo: Catlin Sanders rounds third on her way to scoring in Game Two

Herkimer scored four in the second. The big hits were RBI doubles by Balfe and Patterelli, and a sac fly by Smaldone. The Generals led 4-1.

The Hawks hung in there and clawed their way back to tie things at 4-4.

Herkimer then pushed across the next five runs to go up 9-4, but again MVCC fought back to close the gap to 9-7. Finally, the Generals tacked four more runs on in the top of the seventh. That proved too much for the Hawks to overcome, and Herkimer gained a 13-7 victory. Offensively, Herkimer was led by Freshman Alyssa Balfe who went 3-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Sophomore Jess Patterelli went 3-5 with 2 doubles as well, with 4 RBI's out of the leadoff spot. Delaney Buckley went 2-5 and had an RBI, while Caitlin Sanders (2-3, RBI) and Fallon Spriggs (2-2, triple, 2 RBI) added multi-hit games.

Alexa DiSpirito was the winning pitcher. She improved to 3-0 on the year.

Herkimer    042  030 4    13-14-4

MVCC    130  003 0     7-5-3

WP- DiSpirito (3-0)  LP- Carlo

2B- M- Pogoda   H- Patterelli (2), Balfe (2),

3B- H- Spriggs

Herkimer (8-1, 6-0, 2-0)

Nick Scribe, website writer

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