Miller Helps Vikings Capture One

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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Troy, N.Y., April 24 – A dominating pitching performance by right-hander Shawn Miller (Troy H.S.) helped Hudson Valley Community College secure a split in today's doubleheader against Onondaga Community College, an NJCAA Division I opponent. Miller led the Vikings to a 2-1 victory in the opening game; Hudson Valley fell, 15-7, in game two.

As a Division I school, Onondaga offers athletic scholarships. Hudson Valley, a Division III junior college, does not offer any scholarships.

Playing at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, Miller tossed a complete-game four-hitter. While Silvestre Castro (Norman Thomas H.S.) knocked in the game-winning run, Miller struck out nine batters, and he handcuffed Onondaga over the game's final five innings, allowing just two hits.

The Vikings trailed, 1-0, entering the bottom of the fourth, but Hudson Valley's Jason Martin (Pine Bush H.S.) tied the game by plating Bobby Krogh (Troy H.S.) with a double. Then, in the bottom of the fifth, Josh Goodbred (Lansingburgh H.S.) drew a leadoff walk. After a single by Justin Meagher (Colonie H.S.), Castro drove Goodbred home with a sacrifice, putting Hudson Valley ahead, 2-1.

The 2-1 lead was all Hudson Valley's defense, which was error-free in the first game, would need. Late in the game, Krogh, playing first base, reached into the stands to snag a foul ball, and Jay Lansing (Trumansburg H.S.) made a diving grab on the foul line in deep right field to preserve the Hudson Valley win.

Martin and Meagher each went 2-for-3 at the plate.

In game two, the Vikings, who trailed 3-0 at the end of the first frame, rebounded with three runs in the second, but Onondaga continued to tack on runs throughout the game. Hudson Valley rallied late, scoring a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but it was not enough.

Meagher was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in, giving him four hits on the day. Catcher Greg Henry (Troy H.S.) contributed a pair of singles and two runs batted in.

Hudson Valley is now 23-11-1 overall. Onondaga is 10-18.

Hudson Valley 2, Onondaga 1

         1     2     3     4     5     6     7     runs     hits     errors
O      0     1     0     0     0     0     0     1         4         1
HV    0     0     0     1     1     0     --    2         6         0
Brown and Bestine; Miller and Martin.

Onondaga 15, Hudson Valley 7

         1     2     3     4     5     6     7     runs     hits     errors
O      3     1     0     5     0     2     4     15       15         0
HV    0     3     0     0     2     2     0     7         10         5
Ferrante, Wright (6), Barron (7) and Kendrick; Dawes, McGuire (4), Martin (6), Goodbred (7) and Henry.