Tribunes sweep four from JCC
JAMESTOWN — The Jamestown Community College baseball team wrapped up its homestand against the Division II No. 23 Monroe Community College Tribunes on Sunday afternoon, dropping a pair of games at Diethrick Park.
The Tribunes jumped out to an early 9-0 lead after the first two innings thanks to a seven-run second inning en route to a 17-6 Game 1 win.
The Jayhawks (5-8, 1-4 WNYAC) got their offense going in the third inning, scoring three runs.
Sophomore pitcher Billy Harmon (Racine, Ohio/Southern Local) got the party started with a three-run double, driving in freshman shortstop Ethan Abegg (Commerce City, Colorado/Prarie View), sophomore designated hitter Nick Rini (Powhatan, Virginia/Knock), and sophomore second baseman German Nolasco (Spring Hill, Florida/Weeki Wachee).
Holding Monroe CC at bay in the top of the fourth inning, Nolasco tacked on a two-run single to right field, driving in sophomore rightfielder Wyatt Hennessy (Mukwonago, Wisconsin/Mukwonago) and freshman centerfielder Ayden Reagle (Jamestown/Maple Grove) to make it 9-5. Rini added the last run of the inning, earning the walk with bases loaded, driving in Abegg.
The Tribunes would pull away late in the game, scoring eight runs in the last two innings of action.
Harmon earned the loss on the mound, pitching three innings and giving up five earned runs. The lineup of sophomore David Talkington (Allegany, Pennsylvania/Port Allegany), freshman Bryan Gardner (Falconer/Falconer) and Reagle closed out the game on the mound.
The Jayhawks looked to flip the script in the second game of the doubleheader and it looked promising in the first inning. Freshman third baseman Josh Lupo (Stafford, Virginia/Brooke Point) drove a ball to right field, bringing Abegg in to take the early 1-0 lead.
Monroe CC answered in the second inning, scoring seven runs to take the 7-1 lead.
Adding to his strong weekend, Hennessy got a hold of a ball down the center of the plate, going yard as it sailed over the right-field fence.
The Tribunes were able to pull away over the next three innings, scoring seven unanswered runs en route to a 14-2 victory.
To finish out his strong weekend, Hennessy added a triple in the fourth inning.
Sophomore pitcher Roberto Aracena (Miami, Florida/Citi Christian Academy) earned the loss on the mound, going two innings while giving up six earned runs. Talkington came in to finish out the game, giving up two earned runs while on the bump.
Traveling east to take on the same Monroe Community College team in Rochester on Saturday, Jamestown CC took the Tribunes to their limits but would drop both games.
The Jayhawks fell down in the second inning with the Tribunes taking the early 1-0 lead in Game 1.
Jamestown CC started to find some offense in the top of the fourth inning as Aracena got hit by a pitch, placing him at first. Rini got a single soon after, moving Aracena to third. Aracena then scored the lone run, crossing home on a passed ball.
Monroe CC drove in a few insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth to secure the 3-1 victory.
Rini, along with Abegg each had a pair of hits during the game with Reagle adding a double.
Redshirt-freshman Bryce Jackson (Jamestown/Jamestown) earned the loss on the bump, pitching four innings while giving up three runs. Jackson also added three strikeouts.
Sophomore pitcher Adonis Collado (Perth Amboy/Perth Amboy) went the rest of the way, giving up one hit and getting two strikeouts.
The Tribune jumped out to a quick 6-0 after the first inning in Game 2, but the Jayhawks responded with two runs scored in the second. Aracena got the inning going with a triple. Sophomore catcher Lucas Porpiglia (Dunkirk/Dunkirk) got on base himself, being hit by pitch. Redshirt-freshman Yordangel Gonzalez (Miami, Florida/Miami Jackson) drove in Aracena on a sacrifice fly to left field. Hennessy drove in Porpiglia as he hit a triple, his first of three triples in the game.
Monroe CC scored two more runs of its own, going up 8-2 after three innings of action en route to a 16-9 win. In the fourth, Rini reached by being walked to start the inning. After stealing second, Porpiglia singled, advancing Rini to third. Rini came home after a wild pitch. Hennessy added another RBI, driving in Porpiglia on a triple. Reagle drove in the final run of the inning with a single to score Hennessy.
Only giving up a run in the bottom of the fourth, the Jayhawks scored two runs in the fifth, making it 9-7. With two outs and runners on first and second, Hennessy continued to be the bat, hitting a two-run triple as Gonzalez and Porpiglia scored.
The Tribunes tacked on insurance runs, scoring seven runs over the next two innings.
The Jayhawks tried to rally in the seventh with Aracena hitting a double to start things off. Porpiglia drove in Aracena with a single with the final run coming as Hennessy hit a double to bring Porpiglia home.
Jamestown CC went to the bullpen early and often, having four pitchers get time on the mound. Collado earned the loss, going one inning while giving up six runs. Sophomore pitcher Chris Calladine (Andover/Andover Centers Look School) would go the next 4.1 innings, giving up seven runs while getting three strikeouts. Gardner and Hennessy closed the game out for the Jayhawks.
The Jayhawks will be back home this Tuesday as they take on Finger Lakes Community College at 3 p.m.