Hudson Valley Downs Quinsigamond, 8-4, For First World Series Win
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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Saturday, May 19, 2001
Vikings Use Four-Run Eighth Inning To Break Game Open
Batavia, May 19 – It came down to composure. Hudson
Valley Community College's baseball team, in the NJCAA
Division III World Series for the first time in 19
years, stayed calm and focused on the fundamentals
late in a tight game at Batavia's Dwyer Field this
morning. Quinsigamond Community College of Mass.,
meanwhile, ranked 10th in the nation among NJCAA
Division III teams, fell apart in the top of the
The Vikings, who earned Honorable Mention in the most
recent national poll, took advantage of three
Quinsigamond errors in the frame – all by
Quinsigamond's infield – and strung together four hits
and a sacrifice bunt, scoring four runs to take an 8-4
lead. The game ended with Hudson Valley on top, 8-4.
The Vikings (33-12) advance to the winner's bracket of
the double-elimination World Series. Hudson Valley
plays the No. 1 team in the nation, Eastfield College
of Texas (38-12), at 3 p.m. Sunday.
"You've got to know how to win," said Tom Reinisch,
Hudson Valley's head coach. "Baseball's like a roller
coaster, with highs and lows. When you get into the
lows, you've got to get out of it and know you'll be
OK. These guys always think they can win."
With the score tied at four runs apiece, Hudson
Valley's Bobby Krogh (Troy) and Justin Meaghar
(Colonie) led off the top of the eighth with a pair of
sharply hit singles.
"Bobby was swinging the bat well," Reinisch said.
"When he got on, I was confident we could score some
Nick Esopi (Stillwater) reached on an error to load
the bases. Catcher Ryan McGinniss (Catholic Central)
then knocked Krogh home with the game-winning run by
reaching on an error by Quinsigamond's shortstop.
Hamlet Abreu (Norman Thomas) and Josh Goodbred
(Lansingburgh) each singled.
Then, with Hudson Valley ahead by four runs, Nick
Borgia (Scotia-Glenville) tossed a couple quick
innings – getting a double play in the eighth and
ninth – to finish off a complete-game seven hitter.
Borgia, a Second Team All-Region III pitcher, struck
out five batters en route to his sixth win of the
season. The third inning was the only one in which he
allowed any runs.
Hudson Valley turned four double plays on the day
against Quinsigamond (32-13), who will play Dutchess
Community College (29-17) at 9 a.m. Sunday. Dutchess
lost to Eastfield College today, 9-1.
"We turned double plays in big spots today," Reinisch
said. "I'm thrilled; we did what we had to do to win."
Meaghar had two singles. Krogh also had a pair of
hits, including a two-run double in the third.
HUDSON VALLEY 8, QUINSIGAMOND 4
Borgia and McGinniss; Gosselin and Quinn.