WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - May 5 - The Erie Community College baseball team scored seven runs in the first inning and never looked back in a 16-1 win in five innings over Hudson Valley CC Saturday afternoon in Region III Tournament action at the ECC North Campus. The Kats then scored two runs in the eighth inning of the nightcap to pick up a 3-2 win. As a result of winning the two games in the best-of-three series, ECC will advance to the Region III Tournament semifinals in Little Falls, N.Y. Action starts Friday.
In the opener, the Kats sent 11 batters to the plate in that inning and made the most of four hits, two by sophomore shortstop Joe Pantano (Fredonia, N.Y./St. Francis). He led off the inning with a single and later added a two-run double. Sophomore outfielder Dylan Huch (Gowanda, N.Y./Gowanda) drove in two runs that inning with a single.
Sophomore Brandon Nemeti (Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster) allowed four hits and an unearned run as he improved to 5-1.
Sophomore Jesse Zellner (Tonawanda, N.Y./Tonawanda) had a two-run single in the third inning. He finished the day with two hits, two runs scored and three RBI. Pantano and sophomore Adam Urschel (Clarence, N.Y./Clarence) each had two hits and two runs scored.
Huch, sophomore T.J. Singh (Toronto, Ont./Holy Trinity), and freshman Nick Galenti (Cheektowaga, N.Y./St. Mary's) each scored three runs. Huch had a team-high three hits.
In the nightcap, sophomore Mike Wagner (Williamsville, N.Y./St. Mary's) struck out 17 batters but the Kats needed to rally for the win. After Hudson Valley CC took a 2-0 lead in the seventh, ECC responded with a run in the seventh and then two in the eighth. In the seventh, Huch started the rally with a one-out single. Following a hit by Singh, Galenti reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Pantano then hit into a fielder's choice to drive in Huch.
In the eighth, Zellner and Singh reached on errors before Adam Grace (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Niagara Falls) drove in Zellner with a single to center. Singh scored when the centerfielder overran the ball. Pantano and Galenti each had two hits.