Generals’ baseball advances to Semifinal against Cumberland
TYLER, TEXAS – Collecting their third straight win after losing in the opening round of the NJCAA DIII World Series, the Herkimer Generals baseball team have put themselves in the semifinals, defeating Waubonsee 13-9 on Tuesday (5/27) behind their twelfth double digit run total in the month of May.
Herkimer (40-10) saw a resurrection in starter Michael DeCarlo (Wynantskill, NY). After only getting through 1/3 inning in the opening round against Northern Essex and allowing three runs, the sophomore went his typical six innings - allowing three runs - two of them earned. The terrific performance allowed Herkimer to build an eight run lead (11-3) which would be challenged after DeCarlo left. Tuesday was DeCarlo’s eleventh start of the season, earning him his team-leading ninth win, staying undefeated on the season.
Getting Herkimer most of the 11 runs against the Chiefs was freshman Tyler Phillips (Hancock, NY). The shortstop accumulated five RBIs in the game, his highest total of the season, on two hits. His single in the fourth inning scored Brandon Martinez (River Edge, NJ) and Carlos Almonte (Brooklyn, NY) and triple in the sixth scored Almonte, Taishi Terashima (Hiranai, Aomori, Japan) and Matthew Lichtman (Smithtown, NY). It helped Herkimer score five runs in two innings, seeing the team get their highest number of hits in the World Series, ranking up 13 from eight different batters.
Collecting big hits for the Generals in the first six innings as well were Christopher Burns III (Endicott, NY), Terashima, Almonte, Eric Downey (Colonie, NY) and Shinnosuke Takahashi (Chiba, Japan). Each got one RBI except for Burns III with two.
Burns III gave the Generals the first lead of the game on a sacrifice fly to left scoring Almonte. One inning later, Burns III second single of the game to left field scored Phillips to make it 6-0. The Chiefs answered with three runs as well in the bottom half of the inning, cutting the lead in half (6-3).
Terashima got his RBI on a hit-by-pitch in the fourth with bases loaded. It scored John Boland (Rhinebeck, NY) who led off the inning with a single. Right after Terashima, Almonte grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Downey, making it 3-0.
Downey got his RBI in the sixth, helping Herkimer score 10 runs within three innings, singling home Takahashi who doubled home Phillips earlier in the inning to make it 11-3.
Waubonsee put up a six-spot on the Generals in the seventh after Chaz Griffiths (Coxsackie, NY) and Seve Kowalski (Franklin Springs, NY) couldn’t get an out, giving life back to the Chiefs on one hit and three walks. Freshman Will Apps (Cicero, NY) came in for the final 2 1/3 innings and closed the door, allowing no runs and one hit. In Apps last three appearances which dates back to the Region III tournament, he hasn’t allowed a run in seven innings, giving up two hits in that time.
With the deficit now two runs (11-9), Herkimer added two more insurance runs in the eighth to give Apps some breathing room. Boland’s sacrifice to right field scored Phillips for the final time and A.J. Fabrizio (Palm City, FL) singled to left – pinch hitting for Thomas Carrigan (Niskayuna, NY) – scored Takahashi who reached base on a walk, pushing the score to 13-9. It was Boland’s fifth RBI of the World Series and Fabrizios' first.
The Generals baseball team now moves to the NJCAA DIII World Series Semifinals against Cumberland County Community College. The Dukes lost to Tyler on Monday (5/26) 6-5, giving them and Herkimer both one loss in the tournament. Each team will play each other tonight (5/27) at 8:15 p.m. CST with the winner facing Tyler in the national championship. The Apaches have yet to lose in the tournament. Both Herkimer and Cumberland would have to beat Tyler twice to become DIII national champions.
Herkimer (40-10) 13
Waubonsee (38-25) 9
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Tyler Phillips 2-for-3 3R 2H 12B 1BB 5RBI
Christopher Burns III 2-for-4 2RBI
Shinnosuke Takahashi 1-for-4 2R 12B 1RBI
John Boland 2-for-3 1R 1BB 1RBI
Eric Downey 2-for-3 1R 1BB 1RBI
A.J. Fabrizio 1-for-1 1RBI
Taishi Terashima 0-for-3 1R 1BB 1RBI
Carlos Almonte 0-for-3 3R 2BB 1RBI
Devin Ambrose 3-for-5 3RBI
Bobby Smith 2-for-5 2RBI
Nick Gillette 1-for-5 2RBI
Michael DeCarlo (W, 9-0) 6IP 3R 2ER 2BB 2K
Chaz Griffiths 0IP 4R 2ER 1H 2BB
Seve Kowalski 0IP 2R 0ER 1BB
Will Apps 2 1/3IP 0R 0ER 1H
Tanner Cook (L, 0-3) 3IP 4R 4ER 5H
Geffery Acciari 2/3IP 2R 2ER 1H
Ryan Fejt 1 1/3IP 4R 4ER 3H
Chris Hawks 1IP 0R 0ER 1H
Mitch Prickett 2/3IP 2R 1ER 0H
Jordan Jones 2IP 0R 0ER 2H