April 17, 2012
Panthers dominate on diamond again
DRYDEN — Four home runs, eight doubles and a pair of dominating pitching performances led the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Niagara County Community College Monday.
For the second straight day, Panther pitchers tossed a pair of shutouts in 11-0 and 9-0 victories that improved TC3 to 20-2 overall on the season and a perfect 10-0 in Region III play.
In the opener against Niagara County (3-7), Emilie Rogers out of Elmira Free Academy was nearly unhittable. After allowing a bloop single in the first inning, Rogers set down 13 in a row, including a string of 10 straight strikeouts. She finished the game with a one-hitter and 11 strikeouts.
Offensively, the Panthers struck early. First-inning doubles from Karrie Snyder, Samijo Scheer and Mackenzie Sherlock produced two runs for the early lead. In the third, two more runs came across, this time the result of three walks and some sloppy fielding. Leading 4-0 heading into the fourth, the Panthers blew the game open.
The hit parade was impressive. In consecutive at bats, Tayler Fraveldoubled, Snyder singled, Kristan Baker doubled, Scheer homered, Sherlock homered, Katie Huston reached on an error, and Chelsea Houtenbrink homered. The result was seven runs on seven hits, including three homers and two doubles.
Fravel, Snyder, Scheer, Sherlock, and Houtenbrink all had two hits as part of the team’s 11-hit attack in game one.
Game two saw another overpowering pitching effort. Sherlock took the ball and took a perfect game into the fifth inning. A single up the middle to open the frame was the lone hit allowed as Sherlock finished with eight strikeouts in the five-inning game.
At the plate the Panthers used another home run to score what would prove to be the only run they would need. In the bottom of the first, Baker hit a solo shot to give the home team the 1-0 lead. In the third the lead grew to 5-0 as the Panthers combined four singles and aggressive base running to plate four runs. Four more runs came across the next inning, with Kaitlyn Edsall sparking the rally with a lead-off triple. Baker and Fravel rapped doubles as part of the six-hit inning.
Baker, Sherlock, Edsall, and Kaitlyn Massett each had two hits in the win.
TC3 returns to action Thursday for a home doubleheader against Broome CC at 3 p.m.
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