HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Jefferson CC Cannoneers visited the Herkimer ballyard on Saturday afternoon. Kyle Schwartz silenced their big guns 3-1 in Game One, and the Generals outscored the visitors 7-4 in Game Two.
The temperature approached 50, but the hard westerly wind made playing conditions harsh.
Kyle Schwartz was on the mound for the Generals in Game One. He entered the game with an amazing record of 8-0. Schwartz struck out three batters and walked one in the first inning.
Herkimer got on the board in the third inning with an RBI single by John LeClair. JCC tied the game in the top of the fourth, but Herkimer took the lead back in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single by Ryan Watson. Hassan Evans added an insurance run for Schwartz and the Generals in the fifth inning with an RBI double.
Schwartz worked all seven innings, allowing one earned run, four hits, and five walks while striking out 12 Jefferson hitters. After the game, Schwartz expressed his satisfaction with the win. “It took me some time to get used to the cold today,” stated the senior hurler. “Then I got my pitches under better control and my off-speed pitches were working well.
Head Coach Jason Rathbun praised Schwartz’ outing. “Schwartz was on today, and that was a good thing because (Jefferson Pitcher Joshua) Amann kept us off balance all day.
Herkimer won Game Two 7-4 with senior Tyler Barhydt on the mound. It was Barhydt’s second start of the campaign. Sean Tripp came on to get the save by working the final two innings.
With the score tied 1-1 after three innings, JCC took the lead. The Cannoneers scored three with two outs on three RBI-singles that found some holes in the Generals’ defense.
Herkimer responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning. Brandon Overstreet started the comeback with a single that was followed by walks to Hayden Caffey and John LeClair, loading the bases. A wild pitch advanced all the runners; then Tyler Hall hit a two-RBI double. Hall later scored on a two-RBI double by Tim Whalen. Overstreet drove in the final run of the inning as Herkimer took the lead 7-4.
The Generals are now 32-8 overall and 22-3 in conference play. They travel to Watertown on Sunday to finish the four-game Jefferson series with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader.