Conference record improves to 9-0 with sweep of Raiders

(Jacqueline Gardner finished Thursday with seven strike outs against Fulton-Montgomery in her start).

(Taylor Daniels drove in seven runs against the Raiders in just eight at-bats during the doubleheader).

(Hannah Desino went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI in game one against Fulton-Montgomery).

HERKIMER, NY – Hosting their first conference opponent at home in 14 days, the #2 Herkimer Generals softball team remained undefeated against the Mountain Valley Conference, defeating Fulton-Montgomery 15-0 and 22-0.

Herkimer (27-4, 9-0) shortened each game Thursday (4/28) to five innings, beating the Raiders by eight runs or more to force a mercy rule. Holding Fulton-Montgomery’s bats to just three hits in the doubleheader was Jacqueline Gardner (Syracuse, NY) and Amy Hart (St. Johnsville, NY). Gardner allowed one hit and Hart allowed two, watching Gardner strike out seven to Hart’s 10. It helped each right-hander to a complete game victory. Both now have four wins on the season.

As for the offense, the team tied its second highest home run total in a doubleheader, amassing six. Molly McGuire (Solvay, NY) had three, Taylor Daniels (Watervliet, NY) had two and Lacy Nealy (Montrose, PA) had one. It helped McGuire to six runs batted in, Daniels to seven runs batted in and Nealy to two runs batted in.

Other Generals with multiple RBI were Dana Nicoletti (Syracuse, NY), Cimini, Gardner, Hannah Desino (Pittsford, NY) and Elyssa LeBaron (Corning, NY). Nicoletti had six RBI (5-for-8), Cimini had four (5-for-7), Gardner had three (4-for-4) and both Desino (2-for-3) and LeBaron had two (3-for-6).

The Generals will host another doubleheader on Friday (4/29) at Herkimer College, finishing the regular season with six of their last 14 games at home. Jefferson CC will travel to face the Generals at 3 and 5 p.m. The Cannoneers will come into the doubleheader with a 11-10 record.

Game One:

#2 Herkimer Generals 15, Fulton-Montgomery Raiders 0

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HERK 502 8X | 15 15 2

WP: Jaqueline Gardner (4-0) LP: Emily Towne (0-2); HR: Herkimer 3 (Daniels, McGuire, Nealy); 2B: Herkimer 7 (LeBaron 2, Cimini, Parese, McGuire, Desino); 3B: Herkimer 1 (Cimini); RBI: Herkimer 13 (Daniels 4, Nealy 2, McGuire 2, Desino 2, Nicoletti, Cimini, Parese); Records: Herkimer 26-4 (8-0), Fulton-Montgomery 2-13 (0-3).

Game Two:

#2 Herkimer Generals 22, Fulton-Montgomery Raiders 0

HERK 3010 81 | 22 24 1

FMCC 000 00 | 0 2 2

WP: Amy Hart (4-1) LP: Katie Hauser (0-1); HR: Herkimer 3 (McGuire 2, Daniels); 2B: Herkimer 10 (Gardner 4, McGuire 3, Nicoletti, Cimini, Daniels), 3B: Herkimer 1 (Nicoletti); RBI: Herkimer 21 (Nicoletti 5, McGuire 4, Daniels 3, Gardner 3, Cimini 3, LeBaron, Super, Fry); Records: Herkimer 27-4 (9-0), Fulton-Montgomery 2-14 (0-4).

Next Doubleheader: 4/29 vs. Jefferson 3 & 5 p.m.

-Giorgio Varlaro

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