Herkimer Baseball begins Season with Florida Trip

Herkimer Baseball Completes Florida Trip

Herkimer’s Florida schedule was a tough test for the Generals coming out of the indoor practices as they faced 7 of their 8 games against nationally ranked teams in a four day stretch. Herkimer found out a lot about their team with 19 pitchers getting work and every position player appearing in at least two games over the four day stretch. Brian Forbes led the Generals at the plate as he led the team in at bats and hit a team leading .458 on the trip with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 10 RBI’s with a .750 slugging percentage. Mike Wroth also had a strong trip logging a .375 average with 3 doubles and 10 runs scored. Stephen Centorani added a .348 average, Ben Osborne hit .364, and Dylan Klock added a .333 average as well.

The Generals got strong performances on the mound from several pitchers. Jake Terrill and John O’Donnell had the best starts on the mound while the bullpen had several strong outings including Keegan Leffler’s win and save on the mound out of the pen. Zak Green, Zach Durant, Cody Kaestle, and Centorani all had strong outing out of the bullpen.

Here is a game by game write up of the southern trip. The Generals finished 4-4 overall and 4-2 record in Division III.

Game One:

Generals defeated #13 ranked DIII Northern Essex Community College 7-3 thanks to a strong start. Generals scored on a fielder's choice in the first inning, a triple by Brandon Kruzinski in the second inning, a single by Joe Fichera in the second inning, and a single by Matt Parkinson in the second inning.

After Northern Essex Community College scored one run in the top of the sixth, Generals answered with one of their own. Northern Essex Community College scored when Zachary Durant induced Ryan Collins to hit into a fielder's choice, but one run scored. Generals then answered when Brian Forbes singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.

Ryan Flansburg earned the victory on the pitcher's mound for Generals. He lasted four and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and two runs while striking out three. Durant and Keegan Leffler entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Leffler recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Generals. Generals collected ten hits. Forbes and Fichera all managed multiple hits for Generals. Fichera and Forbes each managed two hits to lead Generals.

Game Two:

Generals got out to a seven-run lead in the second inning and held on for an 8-6 victory over #13 ranked Northern Essex Community College on Sunday. Northern Essex Community College scored five runs in the failed comeback. Generals earned the victory despite allowing Northern Essex Community College to score five runs in the third inning.

Generals got things started in the first inning when Brian Forbes singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run. Generals notched six runs in the second inning. General’s offense in the inning came from a walk by Kobe Jackson, a triple by Ben Rhodes, and a double by Forbes.

John O'Donnell earned the victory on the pitcher's mound for Generals. He allowed nine hits and six runs over seven innings, striking out two.

Game Three:

#6 Ranked DII Heartland CC (IL) bested Generals in a high-scoring affair, 18-6. The Generals struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Heartland CC (IL), giving up 18 runs.

Heartland CC (IL) fired up the offense in the first inning, when Harrigan singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. Heartland CC (IL) pulled away for good with ten runs in the second inning. Jarrett Fortin took the loss for Generals. He allowed seven hits and ten runs over one and two-thirds innings, striking out three.

Generals scored four runs in the fourth inning. Generals’ batters contributing to the big inning included Stephen Centorani, Jordan Zeppieri, Ben Rhodes, and Joe Fichera, who all drove in runs. Centorani led Generals with two hits in three at bats. Generals didn't commit a single error in the field.

Game Four:

Generals watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 14-6 loss to #6 ranked DII Heartland CC (IL) on Monday. Generals collected five hits and Heartland CC (IL) had 13 in the high-scoring affair. Generals tallied four runs in the sixth inning. Michael Wroth, Shawn Boston, Brendyn Stillman, and Ben Rhodes each drove in runs during the inning.

Robert Fratarcangeli took the loss for Generals. He surrendered nine runs on eight hits over three innings. Jake Terrill, Dylan Klock, Rhodes, Matt Parkinson, and Wroth each collected one hit to lead Generals.

Game Five:

Generals weathered a push by #11 ranked DIII Prince George Community College in the first inning where Generals coughed up three runs, but Generals still won 8-4 on Tuesday. Prince George Community College scored its runs on a home run by Brandon Crosby.

Generals pulled away for good with four runs in the third inning. In the third Brian Forbes singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, Stephen Centorani doubled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run, Jake Terrill's sac fly scored one run for Generals, and Jordan Zeppieri grounded out, scoring one run.

Cody Kaestle took the win for Generals. He surrendered zero runs on zero hits over three and two-thirds innings, striking out six and walking one. Evan O'Connor started the game for Generals. He lasted three and a third innings, allowing three hits and four runs while striking out two. Generals collected nine hits on the day. Forbes and Centorani all managed multiple hits for Generals. Forbes went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Generals in hits.

Game Six:

Generals took the lead late and defeated Oakton Community College 4-3 on Tuesday. The game was tied at three with Generals batting in the top of the seventh when an error scored one run for Generals. Oakton Community College scored three runs in the sixth inning, but Generals still managed to pull out the victory.

Keegan Leffler took the win for Generals. He surrendered one run on two hits over one inning, walking one. Zak Green threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Green recorded the last three outs to earn the save for Generals.

Jake Terrill started the game for Generals. He lasted five innings, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out seven. Generals saw the ball well today, racking up ten hits in the game. Matt Parkinson and Dylan Klock each managed multiple hits for Generals. Generals didn't commit a single error in the field.

Game Seven:

Generals fought back after falling down by six runs in the fourth inning. The comeback fell just short though, in a 9-8 defeat to #6 ranked DIII Century College on Wednesday. Generals collected seven hits and Century College had seven in the high-scoring affair.

In the first inning, Generals got their offense started. In the bottom of the first inning, Century College tied things up at one when Drew Prange singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run. Century took a 7-1 lead into the 5th inning but Herkimer scored 4 runs to make it 7-5 and added another run in the 6th to make it 7-6 but Century got a big two out double to extend their lead to 9-6. Herkimer threatened in the 7th with two more runs but left a runner on second to end the game 9-8.

Ryan Lanaro took the loss for Generals. He allowed four hits and six runs over two and two-thirds innings. Forbes led Generals with two hits in three at bats.

Game Eight:

After losing a heartbreaker in game seven, Generals had trouble keeping up with #6 Century College in a 9-2 loss on Wednesday. Lucas Pumper earned the victory on the pitcher's mound for Century College. He lasted six innings, allowing eight hits and two runs while striking out seven and walking zero.

Benjamin Champagne took the loss for Generals. He went three and a third innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits and striking out three. Generals tallied nine hits on the day. Brendyn Stillman, Joe Fichera, and Michael Wroth all had multiple hits for Generals.

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