Late inning struggles gives baseball first loss of season
LAKE MYRTLE, FL – Giving up seven runs to Rutgers-Camden JV squad on Monday (3/16), the Herkimer Generals baseball team got their first loss of the season, losing to the Raptors 12-11.
Herkimer (6-1) had another solid start with Thomas Carola (Hicksville, NY) on the mound, allowing five runs - one of them earned - on one hit, three walks and three strike outs. In the freshman’s first start after getting a save against Century College in their first win of the season, the righty was set up for the win despite five errors from the Generals defense.
Getting the loss was Kohei Otsuka (Tokyo, Japan). The reliever didn’t record an out in the seventh, allowing six earned runs on two hits and three walks. Christian Malave (Milford, CT) had to come in and record the final three outs, allowing one unearned run on one hit and one walk.
Despite Herkimer’s trouble on the mound late, the offense still scored 11 runs. Helping the team to those totals were Michael Fancher (Gloversville, NY), Matt Lichtman (Smithtown, NY), Gage Lanning (Central Square, NY) and Jake Rouse (Milford, CT). Fancher had three RBI, going 2-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored. Lichtman, Lanning and Rouse each collected one RBI in the game with Lichtman going 1-for-4, Lanning going 2-for-3 and Rouse going 1-for-3.
The Generals next game is Tuesday (3/17). It will be the team’s eighth game in four days. Game time is scheduled for 10:30 a.m
Rutgers-Camden JV (3-1) 12
Herkimer (6-1) 11
Raptors 002 300 7 | 12
Generals 042 050 0 | 11
Thomas Carola 4IP 5R 1ER 1H 3BB 3K
Nicholas Whalen 2IP 0R 0ER 0H 4BB 2K
Kohei Otsuka (L) 0IP 6R 6ER 2H 3BB
Christian Malave 1IP 1R 0ER 1H 1BB 2K
Michael Fancher 2-for-3 3RBI 2R
Matt Lichtman 1-for-4 1RBI
Gage Lanning 2-for-3 1RBI 3R 1BB
Jake Rouse 1-for-3 1RBI 1R
Next Game: vs. Community College of Rhode Island 10:30 a.m.