Unbeaten Broome swept by Generals
Herkimer, NY – Herkimer College's softball team finally got to play their home opener on Tuesday afternoon, and the doubleheader was a dandy. Two good teams took the field: the 10-0 Broome Hornets and the 12-1 Herkimer Generals.
The field was in very good shape. The weather has not been kind, but the Herkimer staff raked and dragged and made the diamond a good place for a ball game.
A lot of good softball was played, with the Generals posting two impressive victories. Herkimer won the first game 9-1 and took the second contest 12-2, producing even more support for their ranking as the #1 team in Region 3.
Photo: The Generals greet Sammy Smaldone after her round-tripper in Game One
The visiting Hornets are a good team, and they played smart softball. The Generals, however, outplayed them offensively and defensively.
Toni Secreti was Herkimer's starting pitcher in Game One. She began the game by inducing a pop fly to shortstop Tina Karaqi, then striking out the next two batters. No hits, no runs, no errors.
The Generals unleashed their offense right away, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Third baseman Ashley Sterritt delivered the big blow – a three-RB triple to right field.
Photo: Steph Siriano sliding for a double
Herkimer added two more runs in the second inning. Jessica Patterelli, who played second base in Game One, stroked a long double to the center field fence. Samantha Smaldone then stepped to the plate and outdid Patterelli by sending one well beyond the fence for a two-run homer. Both Patterelli and Smaldone stung the ball, but without overswinging. 5-0 Herkimer.
The Generals scored more runs on more good hits, but they also impressed with their defense and base running. Fallon Spriggs made two fine catches in right field. Stephanie Siriano made a great diving catch as she ran in from deeper center field. Left fielder Courtney Gumprecht went hard to her right and dived to make a catch. The infielders were also sure-handed and effective.
Herkimer scored two runs without making an out in their half of the sixth, giving them a six-inning, 9-1 run-rule victory. Patterelli walked, Smaldone stroked a single, and Siriano drove them home with a double into the left-center gap.
BCC 001 000 1-2-2
Herkimer 320 112 9-13-1
WP- Secreti (5-1) LP- Gannett
2B- Herk- Patterelli, Siriano (2), Spriggs; Broome- Knight
HR- Herk- Smaldone
Herkimer- (13-1, 11-0, 4-0)
Jess Patterelli stepped into the circle for the second game. She was very effective. Her battery mate was Alyssa Balfe, who made the second putout by snaring a short popup bunt.
Photo: Jess Patterelli pitches, and the Broome batter bunts a popup that was caught by Alyssa Balfe
Again the Generals scored three runs in their first at-bat. Sammy Smaldone sent another round-tripper over the left field fence. Steph Siriano and Delaney Buckley hit safely, and Ashley Sterritt stroked a two-run single to bring them home.
Rebekah Kitchen led off the Herkimer second with a single. Kitchen advanced to third, then scored when Patterelli hit an RBI grounder to deep short.
Broome scored their only runs in the fourth inning. They did it with a walk, a single combined with an error, and a sacrifice fly, closing the score to 4-2.
Herkimer broke the game open in their half of the frame. They stroked eight hits and scored six runs. The big blows were a triple by Kitchen and doubles by Patterelli and Karaqi. Pattrelli also hit a hard single after having been hit in the face by a thrown ball while sliding into third earlier in the inning. She may have been stunned by the throw, but she showed focus and skill in that second at-bat. Herkimer led 12-2.
Alexa DiSpirito came on to pitch the fifth and final inning. She dispatched the Hornets, and Herkimer won the game.
The Generals are scheduled to host Hudson Valley at 4:00 on Thursday afternoon. However, the weather forecast is of some concern, so fans should check this website for possible schedule changes.
Nick Scribe, website writer
Video has been added to this story -- see below.
BCC 000 20 2-3-2
Herkimer 310 8- 12-15-1
WP- Patterelli (3-0) LP- Knight
2B- Herk- Paterelli, Karaqi, Sterritt,
Herkimer- 14-1, 12-0, 4-0