Hudson Valley Softball Advances in Region III Tournament

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Sophomore Erica Serrano (Troy/Troy High School) hit an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Hudson Valley Community College (29-9) softball team to a 1-0 win over Herkimer County Community College (24-8) in the first round of the NJCAA Region III Tournament today in Troy.

Hudson Valley, the tournament’s fourth seed, advances to meet top seeded Monroe Community College at noon on Friday as part of a four-team double elimination tournament to determine the regional champion. Hudson Valley is hosting the tournament.

Freshman pitcher Tracy Chesebrough (Duanesburg/Duanesburg High School) went eight innings, allowing just a first inning hit for Hudson Valley. She struck out 18 and walked one.

Chesebrough began the eighth inning on second base for Hudson Valley under the international tiebreaker rules. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Melissa Van Heusen (Scotia/Scotia-Glenville High School). Serrano then lined the first pitch she saw into right field for the game-winning RBI.

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Herkimer battery: Wallenhorst and Clark
Hudson Valley battery: Chesebrough and Valenti