Hardy propels Generals to Region III Championship
(Robert Hardy got his fourth win of the season Sunday, allowing three runs in six innings pitched).
(Christopher Burns III went 2-for-3 against the Kats with two RBIs).
(Eric Downey finished the game against Erie 1-for-4 with one RBI).
LITTLE FALLS, NY – Mercy ruling their second straight opponent in the Region III DIII Final Four at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday, the Herkimer Generals baseball team defeated Erie Community College 11-3 during the semifinals in seven innings, advancing to the Region III Championship game.
Herkimer 37-9 took two games from the Kats on their home field at the beginning of April 4-0 and 7-3 behind Michael Harrington (Glens Falls, NY) and Ben Moxley (Oneonta, NY). On Sunday, sophomore Robert Hardy (Clark Mills, NY) took the mound, looking for his fourth win of the season. The right-hander only allowed one hit in the first inning, giving his bats the opportunity the give him a cushion.
Giving Hardy a 4-0 lead after one was Shinnosuke Takahashi (Chiba, Japan) and John Boland (Rhinebeck, NY). Takahashi singled to score Tyler Phillips (Hancock, NY) who got the Generals first double of the game from his two spot in the lineup. With A.J. Fabrizio (Palm City, FL) and Takahashi now manning first and second Boland then hit the Generals only home run of the game to deep centerfield. It gave the freshman his fourth home run of the season and 32nd RBI.
Herkimer’s bats again came alive in the third after Erie scored two runs in the second on a Kyle Sherman (North Collins, NY) single. A Carlos Almonte (Brooklyn, NY) single, error, Christopher Burns III (Endicott, NY) double and Fabrizio single plated three runs to give the Generals a five run lead (7-2). Almonte finished the game 2-for-4 with one RBI, Burns III finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Fabrizio finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
With the offense doing their part, Hardy settled in at the mound, not allowing a hit in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Hardy got all of his four strike outs in those three innings, throwing six in the game, allowing three earned runs off of seven hits and three walks.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Generals scored three more runs on two doubles, two singles and a walk. Phillips and Takahashi had the doubles while Burns III and Eric Downey (Colonie, NY) had the singles. Takahashi’s double to left-center scored Fabrizio from first base, making it 10-3. Then Downey had the final hit of the inning, a line drive up the middle of the infield, scoring Takahashi (11-3). Takahashi finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Downey finished 1-for-4 with one RBI.
With the mercy rule now in effect, Nicholas Burch (Salem, NY) came into the game to close it out. The sophomore made up for his last pitching performance against Finger Lakes Community College in their Sub-Regional at Herkimer College, not allowing a hit and striking out two Kats in one inning.
Herkimer will face either Erie Community College or Onondaga Community College in the Region III Championship on Sunday. Both team’s face each other in game five of the Region III Tournament at Veterans Memorial Park. The winner will play the Generals at 7 p.m. under the lights for the championship. They’ll have to beat Herkimer twice since they have yet to lose a game in the tournament.