HENRIETTA, N.Y. – The Finger Lakes Community College Baseball team finished up their season on Thursday, against the SUNY Broome Community College Hornets. They swept the Hornets, and also won the Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) Championship. The Lakers won 5-2 in game one, and 14-3 in game two.
The scoring was started by the Hornets in the first game. At the top of the third inning, Trevor Stiles started it off with a single. Damian Parker came up and singled as well, advancing Stiles to third. Brady Harrington reached first on an error, scoring both Stiles, and Parker.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Lakers answered back. They started off the inning with a double by Jordan VanHerpe. Chris Gresham hit an RBI single that scored VanHerpe, and then put Gresham on second.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Lakers put more runs on the board. Jake Rugaber reached first on a fielder's choice. He then stole second, and advanced to third after a ground out from Matt Carroll. VanHerpe reached first on an error, which scored Rugaber from third. This tied up the game
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Anderson Xapsos started it off by hitting a double. Gresham came up next and hit a double as well, scoring Xapsos. Cody Cooper was then hit by a pitch, not putting runners on second and first. Trevor Bradshaw walked, which then loaded the bases. Chris Karam hit into a fielder's choice that scored Gresham from third, and advanced Cooper to third. Then Carroll hit a long ball to right field, which turned into a sacrifice fly that scored Cooper. This would end the scoring for the game.
Evan Pappalardo started the game on the mound for the Lakers. He was credited with the win. Pappalardo allowed six hits, two runs, and had two strikeouts. Chris McDonnell came in in the sixth inning and was credited with the save. McDonnell allowed one hit, and had two strikeouts.
Game leaders for the Lakers were Gresham with a double and two RBI's, and VanHerpe with one double and one RBI.
The Hornets started the game scoring first again. In the top of the first inning, Justin Perez started the game with a walk. Harrington came up next and hit a double that would advance Perez to third. Kyle Balmer then doubled scoring both Perez and Harrington.
In the second inning, Karam started it off with a single. Rugaber came up after and hit a triple scoring Karam. Lewis Pettit hit a single, scoring Rugaber from third. He then stole second, and was moved to third after a ground out from Aaron Shoemaker. VanHerpe grounded out, but got the RBI scoring Pettit.
In the third inning, Perez started it off for the Hornets with a double. Harrington answered with a triple scoring Perez from second.
In the bottom of the third, Cooper started it off with a walk. He then stole second. Karam drew a walk which put runners on second and first. Rugaber hit his second triple of the night, scoring both Cooper and Karam. Pettit came up after and hit a double, scoring Rugaber.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, VanHerpe started it off with a walk, and then stole second. Xapsos ripped a single and scored VanHerpe. Cooper came up and decided it was hit turn for a triple, and scored Xapsos. Bradshaw then hit a long ball to centerfield, making it a sacrifice fly, and scoring Cooper.
The Lakers closed out this game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Pettit hit his second double of the game. He then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Shoemaker hit a single that would score Pettit. VanHerpe drew a walk and put runners on second and first. Xapsos walked, and loaded the bases. Gresham hit a sacrifice fly to right field that would score. Finally, in his last game as a Laker, Cooper blasted a walk-off homerun over the centerfield fence to end the game. He brought in Andy Jacobs, who pinch ran for Xapsos, and VanHerpe.
Game leaders for the Lakers were Cooper with one triple, one homerun, and four RBI's, Rugaber with two triples, and three RBI's, and Pettit with two doubles, and two RBI's.
This would finish out the Laker's 2017-2018 season. The Lakers ended the season with a 20-24 record, and a team batting average of .276. When they open their season next spring, they will be playing on FLCC's brand new turf facility.