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Baseball splits with Vikings over weekend

TROY, NY – The Herkimer Generals baseball team’s 15 game win streak was snapped Sunday, splitting games with Hudson Valley in a doubleheader, winning 11-1 in game one and losing game two 2-1.  

Herkimer 24-6 (14-2) had Kyle Garrison (Schenectady, NY) start in the first game. Garrison earned the complete game victory to move to 4-1 on the season. Garrison allowed four hits and one run with two strikeouts over six innings.

The Generals got to Vikings starting pitcher Mike Slingerland in the fourth inning and chased him from the game after a leadoff HBP to Fabrizio, a single by Shinnosuke Takahashi, and two base on balls to Martinez and Boland got Herkimer into the bullpen. Eric Downey's (Colonie, NY) two RBI single broke open the inning and the lead to 4-1 after four innings.

Herkimer scored four more runs in the fifth, keyed by a John Boland (Rhinebeck, NY) two RBI double. The Generals added three more runs in the sixth on another two RBI double by Boland to earn the 100-run mercy rule victory. Boland finished 2-for-2 with five RBI's, two doubles with a walk and hit by pitch.

In game two, Hudson Valley starter Chad Sinko limited the damage for Herkimer's bats in game, holding the Generals to one run, winning 2-1.

Rob Hardy (Clark Mills, NY) was the hard luck loser for the Generals, working five innings allowing three hits, one walk and two earned runs with six strikeouts.

Christopher Burns III (Endicott, NY) and Matthew Lichtman (Smithtown, NY) both went 2-for-3 earning four of the Generals five hits in the game.

Hudson Valley got on the board in the fourth inning when Bradley Adams stroked a high changeup for a double scoring Mueller to take a 1-0 lead. Herkimer got on the board in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Fabrizio (palm City, FL) scoring Lichtman who lead off the inning with a hit. Hudson Valley responded in the sixth and got a big RBI hit from Scaccia to take a 2-1 lead. Herkimer went down 1-2-3 in the seventh to seal the 2-1 victory for the Vikings.

The baseball team will face Mohawk Valley in two doubleheaders this week, at home on Tuesday (4/29) and away on Thursday (5/1). The Hawks will play at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each days.

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