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Baseball Finishes 2nd at Region 3 Tournament

Baseball Finishes 2nd at Region 3 Tournament

CONTACT: Justin Hoyt, (518) 629-8063,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Hudson Valley Community College baseball team (26-15) finished second in the Region 3 Tournament in Newark, NY this past weekend.

The Vikings lost 12-2 in six innings against Genesee Community College (32-20) on Friday afternoon to open the tournament. Hudson Valley fell behind 5-0 in the first two innings and could never recover. Alex Koshgarian (CBA/Cohoes) and Danny Coleman (Saratoga Springs/Saratoga Springs) each recorded an RBI in the loss.

Facing elimination on Saturday, the Vikings defeated Erie Community College (27-28) 8-3 in the first game of the day. Daniel Yankowski (Ichabod Crane/Valatie) pitched eight innings, allowing only three runs with seven strikeouts to earn the win. Coleman led the team with three RBIs, connecting on his 13th homerun of the season. Austin Lawrence (Columbia/East Greenbush) went a perfect 4-4 at the plate, and Mike Graves (Bethlehem/Bethlehem) recorded two hits and two RBIs in the win.

After Genesee fell to Niagara in game two on Saturday, the Vikings got revenge on the Cougars from the day before, with a 7-2 victory. Nicholas Zuba (Columbia/East Greenbush) threw a complete-game gem, allowing only two runs on three hits to earn the win. Nicolas Teitter (Saugerties/Saugerties) led the team with three hits and an RBI, and Koshgarian added two hits and an RBI in the win.

On Sunday, the Vikings took on top-seeded Niagara County Community College (43-8) in the finals, where Hudson Valley would have to win two consecutive games to advance to Nationals. The Vikings got off to a hot start, gaining an early 5-1 lead after two innings, but the Thunderwolves answered with a 4-run third to tie the game. After Teitter doubled to centerfield in the fourth to regain a 6-5 lead, Niagara got two back in the bottom half of the inning to take a 7-6 lead. The Thunderwolves would tack on three more runs, before an 8-run eighth inning to put the game out of reach. Coleman hit his 14th homerun of the season in the second to finish with two RBIs, and Teitter led the team with three hits and added two RBIs in the loss.

Zuba, Teitter, and Koshgarian all earned All-Tournament Team honors.