April 15, 2011


Perfect ending as Panthers sweep up

DRYDEN — There was a pitcher-perfect conclusion to this Tompkins Cortland Community College softball sweep.
After Ashley Snyder tossed a one-hitter in the Panthers’ 9-0 victory over visiting Finger Lakes CC to get Thursday’s doubleheader underway, the freshman combined with Katrina Teeter to pitch a perfect game in another 9-0 shutout for TC3 in the nightcap.
Both games were five-inning affairs due to the eight-run rule. It was the first perfect game pitched in school history, TC3 now a perfect 8-0 in Region III play and 17-5 overall.
In shutting down Finger Lakes (3-12) in the opening game, Pulaski native Snyder was nearly un-hittable. She allowed just a bloop single in the fourth inning, striking out eight batters over five innings.
Offensively the Panthers set the tone early when Tayler Fravel led off the bottom of the first with a double and came around to score on a ground out and wild pitch.
In the second, TC3 sent a dozen batters to the plate, scoring eight runs and putting the game away. Mackenzie Sherlock had two hits in the inning — a single to open the frame and later hit a two-run homer to cap the scoring. In all, the second inning saw TC3 score eight runs on seven hits and one error by Finger Lakes.
In the perfect game pitched in the second contest, Snyder struck out four over the opening three innings and Teeter finished the job striking out three of the six batters she faced.
Fravel again provided the spark at the plate, leading off the game with a single as part of a three-run rally in the first inning. Samijo Scheer provided the big hit with the bases-loaded, rocketing a hit off the pitcher’s leg to drive in two.
The Panthers put up three more in the third and then three more in the fourth, with Scheer in the middle of both rallies. In the third, Snyder led off with a single, Scheer walked, and Sherlock drove in Snyder with single. Scheer scored on an error, and Chelsea Houtenbrink drove in the inning’s final run with a single.
The fourth inning saw Fravel, Teeter, and Scheer each lace doubles, and Kaitlyn Percey deliver a sacrifice fly. By the end of the inning, the Panthers had a 9-0 lead on a total of 11 hits.
Fravel went a combined 5-for-6 with four runs scored, while Sherlock went 4-for-5 with four RBI. Snyder and Scheer each went 3-for-5, with Scheer driving in four runs.
TC3 hosts Monroe CC Saturday at 1 p.m.

Split for TC3 Baseball
DRYDEN — For the second time this week, TC3 and Finger Lakes split a baseball doubleheader.
The host Panthers (6-7) won the opening game 3-2 behind the pitching of Cortland High grad Brandon Watkins, who scattered seven hits, struck out six and allowed no earned runs. Finger Lakes (14-12) battled back to take the second contest 7-2.
In the opener, TC3 rallied from a 2-0 deficit after three innings. In the fourth, the Panthers scored twice to tie it, with Nato Melenciano getting the key two-out RBI.
The winning run came across the plate in as Kelvin Bautista singled, stole second and third, and came in on a groundout by Matt Cornmire.
In the second game TC3 opened the scoring in the second inning, only to see Finger Lakes surge ahead 6-1 by the fifth frame. Michael Elkin went 2-for-2 at the plate while Kyle Yunger from Groton, had a run-scoring double.
TC3 plays at Broome CC in Binghamton Saturday before hosting the Hornets on Sunday. Both doubleheaders start at 1 p.m.


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