Walkoff gives Generals sweep over Hawks

(A.J. Fabrizio knocks in Tyler Phillips for the walkoff win in the eighth inning of game two over Mohawk Valley).

(Matthew Lichtman drives in the eventual game-winning run in game one against the Hawks).

HERKIMER, NY – Scoring two runs with their final six outs of Tuesday’s NJCAA conference matchup between Herkimer College and Mohawk Valley Community College, the Generals got a walk off single from sophomore A.J. Fabrizio in extras to sweep the doubleheader over the Hawks, winning both games 2-1.

Herkimer 26-6 (6-2) played on a cold, windy and rainy day up at Herkimer College, moving up the start time knowing poor weather was in the forecast. It helped in the first game with Michael Harrington (Glens Falls, NY) starting, dealing with alright field conditions despite 20 mile per hour wind guts. The freshman threw a complete game only allowing one run on two hits, working a no hitter through six innings until a double to start the seventh eventually came around to score on a sacrifice.

On offense, the Generals got on the board in the first inning, collecting two doubles back-to-back from Tyler Phillips (Hancock, NY) and Christopher Burns III (Endicott, NY). Burns III hit scored Phillips from second to give Herkimer an early 1-0 lead. Both Phillips and Burns III finished game one 1-for-3, with Phillips scoring a run and Burns III collecting an RBI.

In the fifth, aided by two walks drawn by John Boland (Rhinebeck, NY) and Carlos Almonte (Brooklyn, NY), infielder Matthew Lichtman (Smithtown, NY) drove in the second run of the game for Herkimer (2-0), singling in Boland on a blooper to shallow left field. Lichtman finished game one 1-for-3 with an RBI.

In game two, the field conditions hindered both teams offensively and defensively, seeing the Generals fall victim first on an error in the fifth by Almonte to give the Hawks their first lead of the doubleheader. The sophomore infielder fielded the ball cleanly, but was unable to make the throw to first, allowing Mohawk Valley’s Bryan McGuire (Herkimer, NY) to score from second base. In the bottom of the inning, the Generals went in order, fearing the game could get called at any time with the Hawks up.

Running out of time and outs, Herkimer managed to tie the game in the seventh. Almonte came through this time at the plate with two outs - singling in Taishi Terashima (Hiranai, Aomori, Japan) who began the inning with a walk - causing the game to go into extras.

Freshman Will Apps (Cicero, NY) pitched the top half of the eighth, not allowing a hit to the heart of the Hawks line up, making way for a comeback in the bottom of the inning.

Herkimer only needed three batters to come to the plate to decide game two. Phillips and Burns III set up sophomore A.J. Fabrizio (Palm City, FL). Both manned first and second base on a single and walk, waiting for their clean-up hitter to drive them in. And that’s exactly what he did, driving the ball to deep left-center, scoring Phillips for the walk off single. It was Fabrizio’s only hit of the game, driving in the winning run for the 2-1 victory.

The General’s will face the same team they just swept at home on Thursday (5/1). Herkimer will travel to Utica, NY, playing another doubleheader against the Hawks. Game times are 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Weather could be an issue in that one as well.

-Giorgio Varlaro; Athletic Website Manager

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