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#2 Softball mercy rules Timberwolves in both games Saturday

HERKIMER, NY – Hosting a doubleheader for the third straight day at Herkimer College, the #2 Herkimer Generals softball team defeated SUNY Adirondack 16-0 and 19-0.

Herkimer (31-4, 11-0) collected eight more home runs against the Timberwolves throughout eight innings of softball, totaling 21 in their last nine games. Leading the way with three was Taylor Daniels (Watervliet, NY). The sophomore hit one in game one, then doubled that total in game two, finishing with six runs batted in. She now has 11 home runs and 74 RBI’s on the season, which is the best in the nation in both categories.

Hitting two home runs in the doubleheader was Elyssa LeBaron (Corning, NY). The infielder got both long balls in game two, helping her to a game-high five runs batted in. LeBaron finished the doubleheader with eight RBI, on a tear as of late, with four home runs and 19 RBI in her last four games. LeBaron is now eighth overall in home runs (9) and ninth overall in runs batted in (51).

Ending Saturday with one solo shot was Dana Nicoletti (Syracuse, NY), Lacy Nealy (Montrose, PA) and Molly McGuire (Solvay, NY). Each got them in game one, watching Nicoletti hit 4-for-4 with four RBI, Nealy hit 4-for-4 with four RBI and McGuire hit 2-for-3 with three RBI. McGuire has 11 home runs on the season, which is tied for the lead with Daniels as the most in the nation. Her 49 runs batted in however is the 13th most. It's also worth mentioning that Nicoletti hit for the cycle. It's the second time she's done it this season.

Getting the wins for Herkimer in the circle were Nicoletti and Casey Boltersdorf. Nicoletti now has 12 wins on the season, five of them are shutouts, counting her complete start in game one. That’s the fifth most total in the nation. Nicoletti is also third in the nation in strike outs per game with 10.25 per appearance. As for Boltersdorf, the freshman got her ninth win of the season, another shutout in three innings with SUNY Adirondack unable to finish the contest. Boltersdorf is tied with Nicoletti in shutouts (5), decreasing her earned run average per appearance to 0.83 which is the second best in the nation.

The Generals will play their next doubleheader on the road, traveling to Troy, NY to take on Hudson Valley Community College. The Vikings are 10-7 on the season, losing three of their last five. Game times are 3 and 5 p.m.

Game One:

#2 Herkimer Generals 16, SUNY Adirondack Timberwolves 0

ADK 000 00 | 0 1 1

HERK 284 2X | 16 18 1

WP: Dana Nicoletti (12-1) LP: Krystal Seaman; HR: Herkimer 4 (Nicoletti, Nealy, McGuire, Daniels); 2B: Herkimer 6 (Daniels, Nicoletti, LeBaron, Nealy, McGuire, Desino); 3B: Herkimer 2 (LeBaron, Nicoletti); RBI: Herkimer 15 (Nicoletti 5, LeBaron 3, McGuire 3, Daniels 2, Nealy 2); Records: Herkimer 30-4 (10-0), SUNY Adirondack 1-12 (0-7).

Game Two:

#2 Herkimer Generals 19, SUNY Adirondack Timberwolves 0

HERK 7102 XX | 19 19 0

ADK 000 XX | 0 0 2

WP: Casey Boltersdorf (9-1) LP: Krystal Seaman; HR: Herkimer 4 (LeBaron 2, Daniels 2); 2B: Herkimer 4 (McGuire, Gardner, Parese, Fry); 3B: Herkimer 1 (Super); RBI: Herkimer 18 (Daniels 4, LeBaron 3, McCann 3, Mcguire 2, Gardner 2, Fry 2, Super, Parese); Records: Herkimer 31-4 (11-0), SUNY Adirondack 1-13 (0-8).

Next Doubleheader: at Hudson Valley 3 & 5 p.m.

-Giorgio Varlaro

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