Generals get road split with DII Monroe CC
Rochester, NY - In their first games in the state of New York for the 2019 season, the Herkimer Generals earned a split with Division II Monroe Community College on Tuesday afternoon in Rochester, NY. Herkimer rallied for a 5-3 win in 8 innings in Game 1 before dropping the second game by a score of 10-7.
In the first game, the Generals faced a 1-0 deficit going into the top of 7th before Freshman Naije Waller (Massapequa, NY) came through with a pinch hit single to tie the score and force extra innings. Herkimer then exploded for 4 runs in the top of eighth, highlighted by Frank Wayman's (Horseheads, NY) double that plated two runs. Dale Stanavich (Amsterdam, NY) got the win, pitching 3 innings of one hit ball and Ryan Lanaro (Schenectady, NY) got the save by coming in and getting the final out to stop a Monroe rally in the bottom of the 8th.
The bats came out much hotter in the nightcap as Herkimer collected 16 hits in the back and forth game before falling by the 10-7 final. Brian Forbes (Rocky Point, NY) collected two hits, including a home run in the fifth inning. Brandon Kruzinski (Schenectady, NY), Joe Novenche (Clifton Park, NY) and Nicholas Gates (New South Wales, Australia) each tallied 3 hits for Herkimer in the game.
The Generals, now 9-2 on the season and ranked #9 in the latest NJCAA Division III National Poll, look forward to a 4 game series this weekend against their rivals from Mohawk Valley Community College. The Saturday games will be played at Murnane Field in Utica, NY and Sunday the teams will play 2 more at Herkimer CCC. Start times for both doubleheaders this weekend is 12 Noon.