Hudson Valley to Meet Erie in Region III Championship Game

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, May 14, 2005

Erie Community College (37-9) and Hudson Valley Community College (33-14) will meet in the NJCAA Region III Championship at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium for the right to move on to the NJCAA Division III World Series. Hudson Valley, which advances out of the losers bracket, must defeat Erie twice to win the Region III title

Game 1 summary (Herkimer 7, Columbia-Greene 3)

Herkimer County Community College (21-17) eliminated Columbia-Greene Community College (25-8) with a 7-3 victory in the opening game of the day. Freshman Jossey Vigo (Puerto Rico) had three hits, including a home run, and two RBI to lead Herkimer. Freshman Brendan O'Connor (Brookline, MA) also had three hits.

Sophomore Ryan Bouck (Schenectady) hit a two-run home run for Columbia-Greene.

Game 1
Herkimer	         210 200 200 – 7  15  2
Columbia-Greene	002 100 000 – 3   9  1

Herkimer battery: Brandon Davis, Everett Saul (6) and Carlos Cruz

Columbia-Greene battery: Mike Acker and Ryan Bouck

Game 2 summary (Erie 13, Hudson Valley 5)

Erie advanced to the championship game with a 13-5 win over Hudson Valley. The Kats took advantage of nine walks and six Hudson Valley errors. Freshman Mark Houck (Derby) had two hits, including a home run, and three RBI to pace Erie's attack. Freshman Bill Kenyon (Hamburg) also drove in three runs.

Sophomore Paul Pietrowski (Beacon/Beacon High School) hit a two-run home run for Hudson Valley.

Game 2
Hudson Valley	020 012 0 –  5  6  6
Erie		300 520 4 – 13  9  4

Hudson Valley battery: William Lewis, Mike Ruffinen (4), Vince Laviano (7) and Craig Mastroianni

Erie battery: Tony Kribus, Brian Alterio (6) and Scott Caruana

Game 3 summary (Hudson Valley 4, Herkimer 1)

Hudson Valley avoided elimination and advanced to the championship game with a 4-1 win over Herkimer. Sophomore pitcher Anthony Bloomfield (Albany/Bishop Maginn High School) picked up the win on the mound after allowing only one run on six hits in 7.1 innings of work. He struck out one. Sophomore Phil Carr (Shandaken/Onteora High School) went the final 1.2 innings to earn the save. Sophomores Craig Mastroianni (Colonie/Colonie High School), Dan Bruno (Saratoga Springs/Saratoga Springs High School) and Joel Molina (Middletown/Middletown High School) each had an RBI for the Vikings.

Sophomore Bill Arpei (Saratoga Springs) had three hits and an RBI for Herkimer.

Game 3
Herkimer	         000 000 010 – 1  6  2
Hudson Valley	201 100 00x – 4  8  2

Herkimer battery: Brendan O'Connor, Everett Saul (6) and Elizzer Canals

Hudson Valley battery: Anthony Bloomfield, Phil Carr (8) and Craig Mastroianni

Tomorrow's Schedule
Game 1: Hudson Valley vs. Erie, 11 a.m.
Game 2: If necessary, 25 minutes following game 1