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MX News Update 2024


NJCAA Region III baseball, softball seed sets; Herkimer teams at home


HERKIMER – Playoff season is here for colleges and Herkimer College will be on the field at home this weekend for baseball and softball.

Herkimer is the No. 1 overall seeded softball and top team for Region III-A, while the baseball team is the top team from Region III East and No. 2 overall seeded behind Niagara County Community College. Mohawk Valley Community College missed the baseball playoffs, but took seventh for softball and will also host the Division III track and field championships this weekend, while regional competition gets underway in the bat-and-ball sports.

Herkimer’s baseball Generals (22-7) host best-of-three series against Finger Lakes Community College (31-15) and play games 1 and 2 Saturday afternoon in Little Falls. The game will be played at 1pm and a third match would be on Sunday if necessary.

The Herkimer softball team is 17-5 and is on a 10-game winning streak in the best-of-three subregional series against Erie Community College (10-16) that begins Saturday. The Generals have won 11 consecutive titles in the two-bid Region III split format; Corning Community College, the other No. 1 seed, has won three straight titles.

The Generals won 15-0, 9-6 on the road in Erie on Saturday, and the Kats needed a split with Tompkins Cortland Community College on Tuesday to earn their spot in the playoffs. Corning (24-12) also plays Tuesday and a 4-0 shutout loss to Jefferson Community College in the second game put the Red Barons behind Herkimer in the standings.

Corning Mohawk Valley (13-15) in its sub-regional playoff series beginning Saturday. The Red Barons scored a doubleheader on the field at Utica College on Saturday, winning Game 1 17-0, then came back from an 8-2 deficit in Game 2 to close out the Hawks’ regular season with an 11-8 win after a ‘walk-off’. Grand Slam.

The Herkimer softball team includes names familiar to local high school fans among its top players. Olivia Friend of Oneida is second in the nation with a .595 batting average; the NJCAA’s most recent Division III Player of the Week scored 34 points and scored 34 points. Kerrigan Crysler, Friend’s high school teammate, is 7-2 and leads the Generals in pitching wins, with an ERA of 3.84, while Shelbi Haags, a freshman from Poland is 6-1 with four saves and an ERA of 2.61.

Naomi Cohen (.477), Haags (.422) and Danielle Filapello (.412) join Frind as .400 hitters. Cohen drove in 30 runs and scored 40; Filapello has 32 RBI; Haags scored 21 times; and Alexy Rosnick is hitting .342 with 32 runs scored.

Joely Welpe, a catcher who played at Proctor High School, leads Mohawk Valley with a .466 batting average, 31 runs batted in and 21 runs scored. Carley Robinson of Whitesboro is a .329 hitter who has scored 20 runs, and Ashley Fevang and Angelina Hays are hitting .327 and .321, respectively.

Hays, a graduate of Oriskany High School, is 7-4 with one save and a 4.15 ERA as the Hawks’ top pitcher. Onondaga Community College hosts Jefferson in the sub-region feed for next weekend’s championship game with Herkimer of Erie. The winner between Corning and Mohawk Valley will receive Hudson Valley Community College or Monroe Community College.

Herkimer enters the regional baseball playoffs with Ethan Glossa (.432), Mikey Rodriguez (.415) and Sotara Ishida (.400) hitting .400 or better, and Donovan Rhoden hitting .393 with team-leading totals of seven home runs and 38 runs batted in. Rodriguez has scored 45 runs to lead the team while homering five times with 32 RBI; Glossa scored 36 points and drove in 37; and Jaden Madrid is hitting .370 with 34 runs scored.

On the men’s mound, Ishida and fellow Japanese freshman Tomii Tsubasa are both 6-1 and share the team lead in wins. Ishida, who pitches exclusively in relief, has a 1.78 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings, while Tomii has struck out 54 batters in 42 innings and has a 3.00 ERA in three starts. Colin Skermont, a left-hander from Whitesboro High School, is 3-0 with a 2.88 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings.

The top baseball seed is Niagara County Community College, which plays SUNY-Adirondack this weekend. Cayuga Community College, the No. 2 team from the East and host of next weekend’s Final Four in Auburn, plays Genesee Community College this weekend, and Hudson Valley Community College travels to play Erie Community College, the defending regional champion .

The track and field competition begins Thursday at D’Alessandro Stadium in Utica and continues on Friday and Saturday.