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Baseball Earns First Win with Doubleheader Split

Baseball 3.27.18
Camden 9, HVCC 2
HVCC 18, Bucks 8
Baseball 3.27.18 Camden 9, HVCC 2 HVCC 18, Bucks 8

CONTACT: Adam Sopris, a.sopris@hvcc.edu, 518-629-7898
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 27, 2018

Hudson Valley Community College baseball team (1-3) earned their first win of the 2018 season on Tuesday evening after defeating Bucks County Community College 18-8 in Aberdeen, Maryland. The Vikings also dropped the opening game of the day 9-2 against Camden County.

Game One: Camden County 9, Hudson Valley 2

The Vikings had a better day at the plate in the first game of the day as the team collected six hits in their loss to Camden County. Jackson Wenstrom (Mandan, N.D./Mandan) and Nick Thomas (Scotia/Scotia-Glenville) continued to hit the ball well as they each recorded an extra-base hit in consecutive days.

Defensively, the Vikings had four errors which benefitted Camden, allowing them to take advantage of the additional at-bats.

Jimmy Griffin (L,0-1) (Watervliet/Watervliet) started on the mound for Hudson Valley and went three strong innings. Griffin did not give up a hit, but he allowed five walks and two runs. Dylan Sheely (Alplaus/Niskayuna) relieved Griffin and pitched the fourth and fifth innings. Sheely allowed four runs on three hits and tallied four strikeouts.

 Jacob Shippey (Charlton/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lakes) relieved Sheely and tossed two innings, giving up one run on one hit with a pair of walks. Mathew Wilson (Albany/Albany) closed out the remaining two innings and allowed two runs on two hits. As a team, the pitching staff allowed nine runs on six hits and allowed a season-high nine walks to Camden.

Game Two: Hudson Valley 18, Bucks County 8

The Vikings bats woke up against Bucks County as the team produced 18 runs on 16 hits, including an 11-run fourth inning explosion. Wenstrom continued his hot hitting as he recorded his third straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.

Salvatore Pezzolla (East Greenbush/La Salle Institute) and Ryan Starr (Schenectady/Mohonasen) each collected three hits for Hudson Valley. Pezzolla went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Starr finished 3-for-5 with two runs scored and added a pair of RBIs. As a team, the Vikings had five student-athletes record two or more hits on the day.

Jacob LaFerriere (W, 1-0) (Troy/La Salle Institute) recorded the Vikings first win of the season as he tossed five complete innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Joe Warner (Colonie/Christian Brothers Academy) and Austin Novak (Ravena/Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk) relieved LaFerriere for the remaining two innings to preserve the Vikings win.

On Deck:

The Vikings return to action on Wednesday in an attempt to avenge yesterday's defeats as they travel to play another doubleheader against Frederick at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.