Hudson Valley's World Series Adventure Ends; Vikings Fall To Columbus State, 7-3
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FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, May 21, 2001
May 21, Batavia – The NJCAA Division III World
Series adventure ended for Hudson Valley Community College's baseball team
today. After falling behind 5-0 in the first inning, the Vikings, competing
in the World Series for the first time 19 years, mounted a mid-game rally
against Columbus State Community College at Batavia's Dwyer Field this
afternoon, but it was not enough. The Vikings lost their second game of
the double-elimination tournament, 7-3.
"It's really hard to come back from a five-run inning
against the kind of teams that are here," said Tom Reinisch, Hudson Valley's
head coach. "They just came out smoking the ball."
Hudson Valley spotted Columbus State five runs –
allowing five hits and committing an error in the bottom of the first frame
– but the Vikings did not lie down. Nick Borgia (Scotia-Glenville),
who tossed a complete-game victory against Quinsigamond Community College
on Saturday, came on in relief for Hudson Valley in the first inning and
threw until the eighth.
A Second Team All-Region III selection, Borgia struck
out four batters and allowed just four hits.
"He was awesome," Reinisch said. "And he did it on
just one day's rest. He should have been the Most Valuable Player of the
game, for either team."
While Borgia quieted Columbus State's bats, Hudson
Valley chipped away at the plate. Justin Meaghar (Colonie) continued
his hot streak – he had at least one hit in all three of Hudson Valley's
World Series games – leading off the bottom of the fourth inning with a
single and coming around to score on a Ryan McGinniss (Catholic Central)
double. Mike "Bubba" Martin (Lansingburgh) checked in to run
for McGinniss and crossed home when Chad Sydor (Troy) reached on
Then, in the sixth, McGinniss led off with a single
and was again replaced by Martin, who eventually scored on a wild pitch.
The Vikings, however, could not muster any more offense.
"We're fine," Reinisch said. "We're reflecting on
the season right now. We finished at 33-10; we did OK."
McGinniss and Meaghar each contributed a pair
of hits. As Reinisch said, Hudson Valley finished the season with a 33-10
record. Columbus State (48-20) will play the winner of a game between Quinsigamond
(33-13) and Montgomery College (29-28).
"Shoot, even to come out here and win a game is great,"
Reinisch said. "You know, we're at the World Series. We had a great season."
Columbus State 7, Hudson Valley 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
HV 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 7 2
CS 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 X 7 9 3
Tregear, Borgia (1), Goodbred (8) and McGinniss; Woodruff and Pyne.
Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy,
offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions;
Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and
Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University
of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000
students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives
and worker retraining.