Team effort allows Generals to sweep Royals

(Brandon Martinez drives in two runs in the first inning against Schenectady to give Herkimer a 3-0 lead). 

(Michael DeCarlo pitched a complete game shutout in the first game of the doubleheader Friday).

HERKIMER, NY – After splitting games with their last two opponents, the Herkimer Generals Baseball team took two consecutive games over the Schenectady County Royals Friday afternoon, a game played at Herkimer College due to poor field conditions in Schenectady.

Herkimer 11-5 (3-1) looked to sophomore Michael DeCarlo (Wynantskill, NY) to set the tone - and the big right-hander did - throwing a complete game shutout, allowing only two hits in five innings of work for his team leading third win of the season.

Taking care of the offense for the Generals in the first game was freshman Brandon Martinez (River Edge, NJ). The right fielder went 3-for-3 in the game with three RBIs, collecting a double in the first which scored two runs and a triple in the fourth which scored the Generals ninth run of the game to make it 9-0.

Tyler Phillips (Hancock, NY), Christopher Burns III (Endicott, NY) and A.J. Fabrizio (Palm City, FL) also got in the action Friday, tallying six RBIs collectively. Phillips went 3-for-4 with one RBI, Burns III went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Fabrizio went 1-for-1 with three RBI.

The second game behind sophomore Robert Hardy (Clark Mills, NY) didn’t start off as well as the first game, seeing Hardy allow five runs in the third inning, losing a 2-0 lead. The General however came back in their top half of the fifth, scoring three runs to tie the game at five (5-5). Martinez continued his strong play, scoring two of his teammates on a two RBI double, capturing back the momentum.

Freshman Shinnosuke Takahashi (Chiba, Japan) broke the tie in the sixth with a two RBI single, then closed the door on the Royals, pitching the final two innings in relief. Takahashi only allowed two hits in his 2 1/3 innings pitched, helping Herkimer come back for the 9-5 win. Takahashi also went 1-for-1 at the plate with three RBIs.

The Generals next game is Saturday (4/12). They’ll host Clinton Community College in their eighth consecutive home game. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.

-Giorgio Varlaro; Athletic Website Manager

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