Rave comes through for Generals in elimination game against Raptors
KINSTON, NC – Tallying a season-high six runs batted in Monday (5/25), thanks in part to his first multi home run performance of the season, Herkimer’s Chris Rave (Middletown, NY) helped the #1 Herkimer Generals baseball team defeat #8 Montgomery Community College 11-10 in 10 innings of an elimination game at the NJCAA DIII World Series which is hosted by Grainger Stadium (NC).
Herkimer (47-5) battled through three deficits (2-0, 9-6, 10-9) in the first eight innings, needing clutch hits to counteract the team’s eight errors committed in the ball game, totaling eight errors in their previous 15 games played.
Rave hit his second home run of the game in the sixth inning to cut Montgomery’s lead to 9-8, using the long ball to score five of Herkimer’s first eight runs. Scoring on each of Rave’s home runs was Tyler Phillips (Hancock, NY), going 3-for-6 at the plate Monday and 9-for-14 in the national tournament, now second in the nation in batting average (.494) and third in runs scored (66).
Christian Malave (Milford, CT) tied the game for the third time (9-9) in the top half of the eighth, singling home John Boland (Rhinebeck, NY) who captured the most hits in the game, going 5-for-6 at the plate with two doubles, breaking a 23 game streak without an extra base hit. Malave went 1-for-5.
Herkimer needed another hit from Rave in the ninth inning, this time with two outs and runners on first and third. The designated hitter singled to centerfield, scoring teammate Eric Downey (Colonie, NY) to tie the game at 10-10 after Rave was close to being called out on a controversial third strike which would’ve ended the game. Nonetheless it was Rave’s third hit of the game and sixth run batted in, coming through for the Generals when needed most, now batting .538 (7-for-13) in the national tournament.
Supplying the game-winning hit in the 10th inning was Downey, again with two outs, scoring Boland from second who lead off the inning with a single. It was Downey’s third hit of the game (3-for-5) and second RBI in the tournament, helping the Generals battle through three lead changes to escape elimination.
Getting the win on Monday was Will Apps (Cicero, NY). Apps was the fourth pitcher used by the Generals, and was the most dominant. In 2 1/3 innings pitched, the sophomore didn’t allow a hit, improving his World Series stat line from the past two seasons to zero earned runs allowed (one total run) on four hits in 11 innings pitched (8 2/3 innings pitched in 2014).
Up next for the Generals in the national tournament is Century Community College. Herkimer already defeated the Wood Ducks 10-2 in the opening round of the tournament on Saturday, and will look to remain undefeated on the season, currently 3-0 against Century on Tuesday, May 26th. Both teams will play each other for the fourth time at 4 p.m., facing Joliet Community College right after at 7 p.m. if they win.
Herkimer Generals 11, Montgomery Raptors 10
Generals 005 102 011 1 – 11 17 8
Raptors 020 610 010 0 – 10 12 2
WP: Will Apps (4-0) LP: Matt Durkin (4-1); HR: Herkimer 2 (Rave 2); 2B: Generals 3 (Boland 2, Dorrian); 3B: Montgomery 1 (Coleman); RBI: Herkimer 11 (Rave 6, Downey 2, Phillips, Boland, Malave) Raptors 7 (Heckhaus 3, Hanley 2, Spille, Coleman); Records: Herkimer 27-1, 47-5 Montgomery 15-9, 33-21