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Six home runs lead Generals past Panthers

HERKIMER, NY – Hosting their first game at Herkimer College Saturday, the Herkimer Generals softball team welcomed Tompkins-Cortland to their facility by hitting six home runs in two games, defeating the Panthers 8-0 and 9-2.

Herkimer 19-5 (8-1) had outscored opponents 113-to-27 in their previous 10 games before hosting the Panthers.  After 12 innings in two games – five in the first game and seven in the second – that margin increased to 130-to-29.

Helping the Generals to those totals in game one were Ashley Sterritt (Accord, NY) and Sammy Smaldone (Delmar, NY). Sterritt hit two home runs and Smaldone hit one, helping Herkimer score in four out of the five innings for the team’s 10th shutout win this season. Sterritt finished with three RBIs, while Smaldone finished with one RBI.

In game two, three more home runs were hit off the bats of Alexis Capasso (Gloversville, NY) and Delaney Buckley (Utica, NY). Capasso had one, which was her first as a General, while Buckley hit two – totaling four on the season – giving Capasso one RBI and Buckley four RBIs by the end of the game. It helped Herkimer scored seven runs in the final two innings, amassing seven runs before Tompkins-Cortland managed to score their two runs in the contest.

Accumulating one RBI on the day in game one was Gina Grant (Niskayuna, NY), Buckley and Alyssa Balfe (Oriskany, NY). Grant went 1-for-2, Buckley went 2-for-3 and Balfe went 1-for-2. In game two Rebekah Kitchen (Delmar, NY) and Balfe also had one RBI, with Kitchen finishing the day 1-for-2 and Balfe finishing 1-for-3.

Pitching in the double header for Herkimer was Toni Secreti (Syracuse, NY) and Alyssa LaLonde (Johnstown, NY). Each threw a complete game with Secreti throwing five and LaLonde throwing seven innings. Secreti didn’t allow a run and LaLonde allowed two. Both combined to allow nine hits in 12 innings, helping Secreti to her 10th win and LaLonde to her sixth of the season. Secreti is 10th in the nation now in wins.

The Generals next doubleheader is Wednesday (4/23) because of a candle light vigil which is being held at Wehrum Stadium for men’s soccer player Peter McAvoy (Dundee, Scotland). He passed away over the weekend, causing the college to cancel the scheduled softball game against Monroe College today (4/21). On Wednesday the softball team will host SUNY Delhi. Game time for the doubleheader is 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

-Giorgio Varlaro; Athletic Website Manager

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