Burns III and Boland supply power against Twins

(John Boland finished game one 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs).

(Eric Downey finished Saturday's doubleheader 4-for-5, scoring four runs and tallying three RBIs).

HERKIMER, NY – With the end of the regular season coming near, the No. 8 ranked Herkimer Generals baseball team collected 24 runs off 29 hits on Saturday against Columbia-Greene Community College at Herkimer College, defeating the Twins 14-0 and 11-4.

Herkimer 28-6 (18-2) scored in every inning but two on Saturday, seeing multiple players get in the act at the plate against the Twins. In game one, behind a complete game shutout by Nicholas Burch (Salem, NY), nine different players scored a run and seven tallied an RBI.

Christopher Burns III (Endicott, NY) and John Boland (Rhinebeck, NY) led the group, each accumulating three RBIs and two runs scored thanks to three combined home runs - two coming from Boland and one coming Burns III – helping the Generals to a six run inning and an 11-0 lead by the end of the third.

Knocking in two runs in the first game was infielder Carlos Almonte (Brooklyn). The sophomore finished 2-for-4, scoring Eric Downey (Colonie, NY) in the third on a single and double in the fourth, increasing the Herkimer lead to 13 (13-0). Downey finished 2-for-2 at the plate, scoring three runs for the Generals.

Finishing with one RBI in game one was Tyler Phillps (Hancock, NY), Andrew Cooper (Lansingburgh, NY), A.J. Fabrizio (Palm City, FL) and Shinnosuke Takahashi (Chiba, Japan). Phillips finished 3-for-3 scoring three runs, Cooper finished 1-for-1, Fabrizio finished 1-for-1 scoring one run and Takahashi finished 2-for-3.

In game two, Herkimer’s pitching staff didn’t take control of the game until Alexander Lynch (Newport, NY) came in relief of Lucas Godlewski (Little Falls, NY). The freshman worked 3 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run, but most importantly helped make up a two run deficit (4-2) by the third inning.

Two runs in the third, six runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth erased the Twins lead, giving the team nine unanswered runs to finish the game, winning it 11-4. Brandon Martinez (River Edge, NJ), Francis Prettitore (Bayville, NY), Almonte, Fabrizio and Downey supplied the big hits, with Martinez collecting one RBI, Prettitore collecting one RBI (2-for-3), Almonte collected one RBI (2-for-4), Fabrizio collecting one RBI (3-for-3) and Downey collecting three RBIs (2-for-3).

Helping Lynch keep Columbia-Greene off the board in the final four innings were Chaz Griffiths (Coxsackie, NY), Will Apps (Cicero, NY) and Dan Colburn (Ilion, NY). The group didn’t allow a run, giving Head Coach Jason Rathbun confidence that his bullpen can get the job done behind his strong starting staff.

Herkimer’s next doubleheader is tomorrow (5/4), finishing off the weekend series against the Twins, this time on their home field. Game times are scheduled for 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

-Giorgio Varlaro; Athletic Website Manager

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