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Three Panthers Named All-MSAC

May 25, 2016

2016 All-MSAC selections

Three Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball players have been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference team. Sophomores Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) and Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) were joined by freshman Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) on the All-MSAC team, giving the Panthers three of the 15 players honored. Voting was done by the coaches from the six conference teams. The Panthers finished with a record of 12-6 in the MSAC, finishing second in the conference standings.

Ferrezza played in 42 games, all at shortstop. He finished the year with 51 hits, the fourth most in season in Panthers history, and his career total of 91 hits established a new Tompkins Cortland record. His batting average of .383 was second on the team and ranks as the sixth-best in program history, and his career average of .364 is the fifth-best ever for a Panther.

Scarselletta led the team in hitting with a .396 batting average, the fifth-best in program history. He played in 39 games and had two of the longest hit-streaks in program history; a nine-game streak in the middle of the season and a 10-game streak to end the year. The ten-game streak ranks as the seventh-longest in program history. He also was second on the team with two home runs.

Van Allen tied the program record with four hits in one game, led the team with 29 RBI, finished second on the team with 44 hits, and second with nine doubles. His .373 batting average was third-best on the team and his .517 slugging percentage was tops. As the team’s first baseman, he set a program record with 259 putouts in 39 games.

It’s the tenth straight year Tompkins Cortland has placed a player on the all-conference team, and the seventh time the Panthers have had at least three representatives.

Panthers Eliminated from Playoff Race

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team was eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday when it lost both ends of a doubleheader to Finger Lakes Community College, 7-3 and 7-1. The losses drop the Panthers to 13-17 and into sixth place in the West Division (20-23 overall), mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. Finger Lakes improves to 23-7 in the West Division (39-14 overall). The Lakers, the second-place team in the division, had already clinched a playoff spot.

GAME 1: Finger Lakes 7, Tompkins Cortland 3

The Panthers trailed 1-0 after the visitors scored a run in the top of the first, and looked to answer in the bottom. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) led off the bottom of the first with a double and then stole third. Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) followed with a walk, putting runners on the corners with no outs. But a base-running mistake cost the Panthers an out, and when the next two batters failed to get the ball out of the infield, the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Lakers. The deficit grew to 3-0 in the third, but this time, the Panthers answered in the bottom of the inning.

Ferrezza again started the rally, drawing a one-out walk. With two outs, Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) moved him to third with a single and Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) followed with another single to drive in Ferrezza. The rally ended with two runners on, keeping the score 3-1 after three innings. Finger Lakes tacked on four runs over the next three innings, making the score 7-1 in the middle of the sixth. The Panthers scored a single run in the sixth and seventh, making the final 7-3.

Van Allen finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Scarselletta extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 by going 2-for-4. Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) took the loss on the mound, going five inning and allowing all seven runs while striking out three.

GAME 2: Finger Lakes 7, Tompkins Cortland 1

Both teams threatened early without scoring in game two. Over the first three innings, each team put runners in scoring position twice, but couldn’t deliver key hits. That changed in the fourth, when the Lakers were able to string together three hits to open the inning to get on the board. Eventually the visitors would plate four runs in the inning, knocking out starting pitcher Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully). Relief pitcher Matt Socola (Haverling H.S./Bath) came on in the fifth, but struggled with his control, allowing two runs on a pair of hit batters, a walk, and a single. The Panthers lone run came in the bottom of the fifth, with Bryce Ryder (Palmyra-Macedon H.S./Palmyra) walking, stealing second, and then coming in to score on an RBI double by Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.). After a walk and ground out put panthers on second and third, a pop out ended the inning and the Panthers’ last best chance to score. Finger Lakes added a run in the sixth and threatened in the seventh until Mickey Beach (Newfield H.S./Newfield) came on to record the final out. Trailing 7-1, the Panthers were able to put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t plate another run.

Tompkins Cortland managed just four hits in game two, with no Panther notching a multi- hit game. Scarselletta went 0-for-4 in the nightcap, ending his hitting streak at 10 games.

On Thursday the Panthers are scheduled to play at Erie Community College in a make-up of a rain out earlier this season. It will be the season finale for Tompkins Cortland.

Roster–2016 Men's Baseball

2016 Baseball

No. Name Pos. Year Ht. Wt. High School/Hometown
1 Kavon Ruffin OF Fr. 5-11 175 Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.
2 Jesse Tillotson P Fr. 5-5 140 Spencer-Van Etten/Van Etten
3 Collin Pickert C/1B Fr. 6-2 195 McGraw/McGraw
4 Bryce Ryder IF/P Fr. 6-0 165 Palmyra-Macedon/Palmyra
5 Anthony Ferrezza SS/2B So. 6-1 185 East Islip/East Islip
6 Cody Frederick P Fr. 6-1 180 Newfield/Newfield
8 Zach Schulte C/P So. 6-0 185 Cox/Virginia Beach, Va.
9 Matt Van Allen 1B/P Fr. 6-4 220 West Genesee/Camillus
10 Jeff Cottertill P Fr. 6-2 180 Charles O. Dickerson/Trumansburg
11 Payten Boice P/IF So. 6-2 200 Homer/Homer
15 Jacob Pitman C So. 5-9 160 Tully/Tully
18 Jared Coffey P So. 6-2 195 Mynderse Academy/Seneca Falls
19 Connor Dunham OF So. 6-0 180 Paul V. Moore/Central Square
20 Alex Evans C/OF Fr. 6-0 190 Stillwater/Stillwater
21 Justin Perez SS/2B Fr. 6-1 180 RHAM/Hebron, Conn.
22 Cameron Lueder P So. 6-3 185 Charles O. Dickerson/Trumansburg
23 Joe DeAngelis P So. 6-2 190 Auburn/Auburn
24 Dana Scarselletta IF/OF So. 6-1 195 Auburn/Auburn
26 Joel Potter OF Fr. 6-0 180 Dryden/Dryden
28 Ty Christian OF So. 6-3 225 Altmar-Parish-Williamstown/Williamstown
30 Matt Socola P Fr. 6-0 180 Haverling/Bath
31 Darius Stevens P Fr. 6-4 200 Homer/Cortland
34 Laz Moralez IF Fr. 6-3 225 Green Run/Virginia Beach, Va.
35 Mickey Beach P So. 6-0 225 Newfield/Newfield
36 Tristan Cooper OF Fr. 6-0 185 Groton/Groton
37 Matthew Morgan P/IF Fr. 5-8 190 McGraw/McGraw
38 Andrew Babcock 3B Fr. 6-1 195 Cortland/Cortland
51 Aaron Wintermute P So. 6-4 230 Tully/Tully

Printable Roster

Statistics–Men's Baseball

Men's Baseball

2016 Season

Overall (20-23)
West Division (13-17)

Statistics

Previous Seasons

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

Records

Team Records

Most Wins (Season)

20 (2010)
18 (2012)
15 (2015)

Best Winning Percentage (Season)

.500 (2011)
.474 (2012)
.455 (2010)

Most Runs Scored (Game)

22 (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
22 (vs. Milwaukee Area Tech, 3/21/08)
22 (vs. Borough of Manhattan, 3/19/15)

Most Runs Scored (Season)

276 (2010)
238 (2015)
192 (2012)

Biggest Margin of Victory (Game)

17 (vs. Borough of Manhattan, 3/19/15)
16 (at Ithaca College JV, 4/11/09)
14 (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)

Most Hits (Game)

20 (vs. Globe Institute, 3/18/15)
19 (at SUNY Broome, 4/14/15)
17 (at Alfred State, 4/23/11)

Most Hits (Season)

364 (2010)
320 (2012)
312 (2015)

Most Doubles (Game)

10 (at SUNY Broome, 4/14/15)
7 (vs. Jefferson CC, 5/1/10)
6 (vs. Jefferson CC, 3/21/12)

Most Doubles (Season)

76 (2010)
67 (2015)
49 (2012)

Most Triples (Game)

2 (vs. Jefferson CC, 4/29/10)
2 (vs. Herkimer County CC, 4/25/09)
2 (at Jamestown CC, 4/23/13)
2 (vs. Globe Institute, 3/18/15)

Most Triples (Season)

12 (2010)
10 (2009)
8 (2011)

Most Home Runs (Game)

3 (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
3 (at Camden CC, 3/7/10)
3 (vs. SUNY Broome, 4/16/15)

Most Home Runs (Season)

27 (2015)
14 (2010)
5 (2011)
5 (2014)

Most RBIs (Game)

20 (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
20 (vs. Borough of Manhattan, 3/19/15)
15 (vs. Milwaukee Area Tech, 3/21/08)
15 (at SUNY Broome, 4/14/15)

Most RBIs (Season)

235 (2010)
196 (2015)
150 (2012)

Most Stolen Bases (Game)

14 (at Jamestown CC, 4/8/09)
11 (vs. Corning CC, 4/26/11)
11 (at Broome CC, 4/13/10)

Most Stolen Bases (Season)

111 (2010)
98 (2009)
66 (2012)

Most Walks (Game)

13 (vs. Milwaukee Area Tech, 3/21/08)
13 (vs. Borough of Manhattan, 3/19/15)
12 (at Ithaca College JV, 4/11/09)

Most Walks (Season)

174 (2010)
146 (2008)
139 (2015)

Most Strikeouts - Pitching (Game)

15 (vs. Bronx CC, 3/16/15)
15 (vs. Queensborough CC, 3/17/15)
12 (vs. Corning CC, 4/12/15)

Most Strikeouts - Pitching (Season)

224 (2010)
198 (2015)
154 (2013)

Individual Records - Hitting

Most Hits (Game)

4 Rodney Jester (at SUNY Broome, 4/14/15)
4 Malik Fogg (at SUNY Broome, 4/14/15)
4 Anthony Ferrezza (vs. Borough of Manhattan, 3/19/15)
4 Paul Brenner (vs. Globe Institute, 3/18/15)
4 Manny Martinez (at Ithaca College JV, 3/26/12)
4 Tim Smith (vs. Jefferson CC, 3/21/12)
4 Kris Catino (at Alfred State, 4/23/11)
4 Lane Warner (vs. Ithaca College JV, 3/27/10)
4 Dan Zambito (at Allegany College, 3/16/10)
4 Tatsuya Hagiwara (at CCBC Essex, 3/14/07)
4 Jonathon Concepcion (at CCBC Essex, 3/14/07)

Most Hits (Season)

53 Kris Catino (2012)
53 Dan Zambito (2010)
52 Malik Fogg (2015)

Most Hits (Career)

86 Dan Zambito (2009-10)
76 Joey Flores (2011-12)
75 Malik Fogg (2014-15)

Highest Batting Average (Season)

.477 Malik Fogg (2015)
.443 Anthony Siracusa (2010)
.423 Joey Flores (2011)

Highest Batting Average (Career)

.417 Malik Fogg (2014-15)
.409 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
.368 Kris Catino (2011-12)

Highest On-Base Percentage (Season)

.558 Malik Fogg (2015)
.485 Dustin Quick (2010)
.484 Anthony Siracusa (2010)

Highest On-Base Percentage (Career)

.502 Malik Fogg (2014-15)
.476 Dustin Quick (2009-10)
.457 Jacob Newton (2008-09)

Highest Slugging Percentage (Season)

.908 Malik Fogg (2015)
.617 Anthony Siracusa (2010)
.613 Dustin Sandberg (2010)

Highest Slugging Percentage (Career)

.739 Malik Fogg (2014-15)
.578 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
.556 Jesse Stiffen (2007-08)

Most Doubles (Game)

4 Malik Fogg (4/14/15)
3 Jonathon Concepcion (3/14/07)
3 Rodney Jester (4/14/15)

Most Doubles (Season)

17 Dan Zambito (2010)
17 Anthony Siracusa (2010)
12 Dustin Sandberg (2010)
12 Malik Fogg (2015)

Most Doubles (Career)

27 Dan Zambito (2009-10)
21 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
20 Joey Flores (2011)

Most Triples (Game)

1 Several times (-)

Most Triples (Season)

6 Dustin Sandberg (2010)
3 Joshua Boyd (2010)
2 Juan Balbuena (2013)
2 Drew Seager (2011)
2 Joey Flores (2011)
2 Peter Ahart (2009)

Most Triples (Career)

7 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)
3 Juan Balbuena (2011, 2013)
3 Joshua Boyd (2010)
3 Peter Ahart (2008-09)

Most Home Runs (Game)

2 Dustin Sandberg (at Ithaca College JV, 4/7/10)

Most Home Runs (Season)

11 Malik Fogg (2015)
7 Ty Christian (2015)
5 Dustin Sandberg (2010)

Most Home Runs (Career)

13 Malik Fogg (2014-15)
7 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)
7 Ty Christian (2015)

Most RBIs (Game)

7 Dustin Sandberg (at Camden CC, 3/7/10)
6 Malik Fogg (vs. Borough of Manhattan, 3/19/15)
5 Jonathan Frost (vs. Globe Institute, 3/18/15)
5 Malik Fogg, at SUNY Broome, 4/1415)
5 Dustin Sandberg (at Ithaca College JV, 4/7/10)
5 Dustin Sandberg (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
5 Andrew Foster (4/32/07)
5 Jonathon Concepcion (3/14/07)

Most RBIs (Season)

47 Dustin Sandberg (2010)
44 Malik Fogg (2015)
35 Anthony Siracusa (2010)

Most RBIs (Career)

61 Malik Fogg (2014-15)
59 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)
52 Dan Zambito (2009-10)

Most Stolen Bases (Game)

5 Brandon Becker (4/18/09)
4 Tim Smith (vs. Corning CC, 4/26/11)
4 Dustin Quick (at Broome CC, 4/13/10)
4 Dustin Quick (5/2/09)

Most Stolen Bases (Season)

29 Dustin Quick (2010)
27 Dustin Quick (2009)
19 Kris Catino (2012)

Most Stolen Bases (Career)

56 Dustin Quick (2009-10)
31 Kris Catino (2011-12)
18 Dan Zambito (2009-10)

Most Walks (Game)

4 Juan Balbuena (at Corning CC, 4/18/13)
4 Dustin Quick (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
4 Jacob Newton (vs. Broome CC, 4/9/09)
3 Several times (-)

Most Walks (Season)

37 Dustin Quick (2010)
25 Dustin Sandberg (2011)
22 Jesse Stiffen (2008)

Most Walks (Career)

52 Stefan Whittenburg (2009-10)
40 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)
36 Jacob Newton (2008-09)

Most Runs Scored (Game)

4 Billy Crowe (4/23/11)
4 Joey Flores (4/23/11)
4 Morgan Allis (3/21/08)
4 Gordon Begent (3/21/08)

Most Runs Scored (Season)

48 Dustin Quick (2010)
42 Malik Fogg (2015)
40 Dan Zambito (2010)

Most Runs Scored (Career)

74 Dustin Quick (2009-10)
56 Dan Zambito (2009-10)
55 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)

Individual Records - Pitching

Most Wins (Season)

5 Anthony Siracusa (2009)
4 Jonathan Frost (2015)
4 Joey Flores (2012)
4 Brandon Watkins (2012)
4 Lane Warner (2010)
4 Anthony Siracusa (2010)
4 Eric Conway (2010)
4 Kevin Mabry (2008)

Most Wins (Career)

9 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
7 Brandon Watkins (2011-12)
5 Michael Zick (2007-08)

Best ERA (Season)

1.87 Michael Zick (2007)
2.36 Lane Warner (2010)
2.68 Anthony Siracusa (2009)

Best ERA (Career)

3.74 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
3.93 Brandon Watkins (2011-12)
4.26 Michael Zick (2007-08)

Most Strikeouts (Game)

12 Sam Allen (vs. Queensborough CC, 3/17/15)
12 Jonathan Frost (vs. Corning CC, 4/12/15)
11 Zach Dufel (at Corning CC, 5/6/14)

Most Strikeouts (Season)

54 Zach Dufel (2014)
45 Jonathan Frost (2015)
43 Anthony Siracusa (2010)

Most Strikeouts (Career)

72 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
66 Brandon Watkins (2011-12)
64 Kevin Mabry (2008-09)

Most Shutouts (Season)

2 Michael Zick (2007)

Most Shutouts (Career)

2 Michael Zick (2007-08)

Individual Records - Fielding

Best Fielding Percentage (Season)

.995 Billy Crowe (2010)
.990 Joey Flores (2012)
.981 Jonathon Concepcion (2007)

Best Fielding Percentage (Career)

.987 Jonathon Concepcion (2007-08)
.952 Seth Cameron (2009-10)
.949 Peter Ahart (2008-09)

Most Assists (Season)

102 Tony Whitt (2012)
81 Rodney Jester (2015)
80 Dan Zambito (2009)

Most Assists (Career)

148 Dan Zambito (2009-10)
137 Rodney Jester (2014-15)
118 Tony Whitt (2011-12)

Most Putouts (Season)

206 Brent Stull (2009)
199 Nixon Pena (2012)
186 Billy Crowe (2010)

Most Putouts (Career)

281 Billy Crowe (2010-11)
256 Brent Stull (2009-10)
241 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)

          

Coaches–Men's Baseball

Ryan Stevens

Head Coach

Ryan Stevens

Ryan Stevens returns for his second season as head baseball coach. Stevens, who was an assistant at TC3 from 2006 to 2010, took over as head coach for the 2014-15 academic year.

Stevens has built an impressive resume since starting his coaching career at TC3. While on the Dryden campus he was the Panthers’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, helping build a brand new program into a playoff team. His time at the College coincides with the best four-year stretch in the program’s history, culminating with an NJCAA regional playoff appearance in his final season.

In 2008 he entered the world of professional baseball, taking a job with the Texarkana Gunslingers of the Independent Professional Continental Baseball league. After two years and a league championship with the Gunslingers, Stevens took his first head coaching job with the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League, an independent professional league based in Texas with teams through the southwest. In five seasons as the manager of the Cowboys, Stevens has led the team to the postseason each year, capturing two league championships and posting an overall record of 208-119. He was named the Pecos League Manager of the Year, and has helped more than 50 players earn promotions to higher levels of professional baseball, including one, Jonathan Edwards, who is on a major league roster (Texas Rangers, pitcher). Two other of his players signed contracts with Major League affiliates: David Valesente (Pittsburgh Pirates organization, catcher) and Andrew Wall (Washington Nationals organization, pitcher).

Stevens, who also worked as an associate scout in the West Texas region for the Washington Nationals, served as an assistant coach at Ithaca College during the 2013-14 school year. He is a Dryden native, graduating from Dryden High before playing collegiate baseball at SUNY Cobleskill and Frostburg State University (Maryland).

Contact: rs049@TC3.edu, 607-844-8222, Ext.4493


Billy Crowe

Assistant Coach

Billy Crowe

Coach Crowe is in his second year on the coaching staff, working with the catchers and infielders. A conference all star while at Bath-Haverling High, Crowe played two seasons at TC3, earning all-MSAC honors before finishing his collegiate career at Virginia Wesleyan University. He played professionally for two seasons under Coach Stevens with the Alpine Cowboys and coached at Cox High in Virginia Beach before joining the TC3 staff.

Contact: athletics@TC3.edu


Justin Penrose

Assistant Coach

Contact: athletics@TC3.edu


Alan Kress

Baseball Operations

Alan Kress

Contact: athletics@TC3.edu


Jacob Dyson

Student Assistant

Contact: athletics@TC3.edu


Tyler Totman

Student Assistant

Contact: athletics@TC3.edu


Highlights–2016 Men's Baseball

Panthers Eliminated from Playoff Race

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team was eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday when it lost both ends of a doubleheader to Finger Lakes Community College, 7-3 and 7-1. The losses drop the Panthers to 13-17 and into sixth place in the West Division (20-23 overall), mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. Finger Lakes improves to 23-7 in the West Division (39-14 overall). The Lakers, the second-place team in the division, had already clinched a playoff spot.

GAME 1: Finger Lakes 7, Tompkins Cortland 3

The Panthers trailed 1-0 after the visitors scored a run in the top of the first, and looked to answer in the bottom. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) led off the bottom of the first with a double and then stole third. Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) followed with a walk, putting runners on the corners with no outs. But a base-running mistake cost the Panthers an out, and when the next two batters failed to get the ball out of the infield, the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Lakers. The deficit grew to 3-0 in the third, but this time, the Panthers answered in the bottom of the inning.

Ferrezza again started the rally, drawing a one-out walk. With two outs, Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) moved him to third with a single and Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) followed with another single to drive in Ferrezza. The rally ended with two runners on, keeping the score 3-1 after three innings. Finger Lakes tacked on four runs over the next three innings, making the score 7-1 in the middle of the sixth. The Panthers scored a single run in the sixth and seventh, making the final 7-3.

Van Allen finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Scarselletta extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 by going 2-for-4. Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) took the loss on the mound, going five inning and allowing all seven runs while striking out three.

GAME 2: Finger Lakes 7, Tompkins Cortland 1

Both teams threatened early without scoring in game two. Over the first three innings, each team put runners in scoring position twice, but couldn’t deliver key hits. That changed in the fourth, when the Lakers were able to string together three hits to open the inning to get on the board. Eventually the visitors would plate four runs in the inning, knocking out starting pitcher Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully). Relief pitcher Matt Socola (Haverling H.S./Bath) came on in the fifth, but struggled with his control, allowing two runs on a pair of hit batters, a walk, and a single. The Panthers lone run came in the bottom of the fifth, with Bryce Ryder (Palmyra-Macedon H.S./Palmyra) walking, stealing second, and then coming in to score on an RBI double by Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.). After a walk and ground out put panthers on second and third, a pop out ended the inning and the Panthers’ last best chance to score. Finger Lakes added a run in the sixth and threatened in the seventh until Mickey Beach (Newfield H.S./Newfield) came on to record the final out. Trailing 7-1, the Panthers were able to put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t plate another run.

Tompkins Cortland managed just four hits in game two, with no Panther notching a multi- hit game. Scarselletta went 0-for-4 in the nightcap, ending his hitting streak at 10 games.

On Thursday the Panthers are scheduled to play at Erie Community College in a make-up of a rain out earlier this season. It will be the season finale for Tompkins Cortland.


Panthers Eliminated from Playoff Race

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team was eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday when it lost both ends of a doubleheader to Finger Lakes Community College, 7-3 and 7-1. The losses drop the Panthers to 13-17 and into sixth place in the West Division (20-23 overall), mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. Finger Lakes improves to 23-7 in the West Division (39-14 overall). The Lakers, the second-place team in the division, had already clinched a playoff spot.

GAME 1: Finger Lakes 7, Tompkins Cortland 3

The Panthers trailed 1-0 after the visitors scored a run in the top of the first, and looked to answer in the bottom. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) led off the bottom of the first with a double and then stole third. Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) followed with a walk, putting runners on the corners with no outs. But a base-running mistake cost the Panthers an out, and when the next two batters failed to get the ball out of the infield, the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Lakers. The deficit grew to 3-0 in the third, but this time, the Panthers answered in the bottom of the inning.

Ferrezza again started the rally, drawing a one-out walk. With two outs, Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) moved him to third with a single and Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) followed with another single to drive in Ferrezza. The rally ended with two runners on, keeping the score 3-1 after three innings. Finger Lakes tacked on four runs over the next three innings, making the score 7-1 in the middle of the sixth. The Panthers scored a single run in the sixth and seventh, making the final 7-3.

Van Allen finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Scarselletta extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 by going 2-for-4. Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) took the loss on the mound, going five inning and allowing all seven runs while striking out three.

GAME 2: Finger Lakes 7, Tompkins Cortland 1

Both teams threatened early without scoring in game two. Over the first three innings, each team put runners in scoring position twice, but couldn’t deliver key hits. That changed in the fourth, when the Lakers were able to string together three hits to open the inning to get on the board. Eventually the visitors would plate four runs in the inning, knocking out starting pitcher Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully). Relief pitcher Matt Socola (Haverling H.S./Bath) came on in the fifth, but struggled with his control, allowing two runs on a pair of hit batters, a walk, and a single. The Panthers lone run came in the bottom of the fifth, with Bryce Ryder (Palmyra-Macedon H.S./Palmyra) walking, stealing second, and then coming in to score on an RBI double by Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.). After a walk and ground out put panthers on second and third, a pop out ended the inning and the Panthers’ last best chance to score. Finger Lakes added a run in the sixth and threatened in the seventh until Mickey Beach (Newfield H.S./Newfield) came on to record the final out. Trailing 7-1, the Panthers were able to put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t plate another run.

Tompkins Cortland managed just four hits in game two, with no Panther notching a multi- hit game. Scarselletta went 0-for-4 in the nightcap, ending his hitting streak at 10 games.

On Thursday the Panthers are scheduled to play at Erie Community College in a make-up of a rain out earlier this season. It will be the season finale for Tompkins Cortland.


Panthers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team kept its postseason hopes alive Sunday with a doubleheader split at Genesee Community College. The Panthers won the opener 3-2 before losing game two in a walk-off, 5-4. Tompkins Cortland is now 13-15 in the West Division (20-21 overall) with two games left on the regular season schedule. Genesee is 15-11 in the West Division (19-32 overall) and currently in fourth place in the division with six games left on the Cougars’ schedule. With the top four teams making the playoffs, the Panthers need to win their final two games and get some help to make the postseason.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 3, Genesee 2

The Panthers made the most of limited opportunities to win the opener. Genesee’s pitching allowed base runners in only two of the seven innings, but in one of those innings, the Panthers scored three times. It came in the top of the third, and started with one out when Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) was hit by a pitch. An out later, Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) was also hit by a pitch to put two runners on base with two outs. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) followed with the team’s first hit of the game, a two-run single to put the Panther on the board. Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) capped the rally with another two-out single, scoring Ferrezza and making the score 3-0 in the middle of the third.

Genesee got two of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth, but starting pitcher Cameron Lueder (Charles O. Dickerson H.S./Trumansburg) limited the damage by striking out two of the final three batters in the inning, keeping the Panthers in front 3-2. When Tompkins Cortland couldn’t capitalize on a lead-off single by Babcock in the top of the fifth, it was up to Lueder and closer Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) to secure the win.

Lueder did his part, pitching five innings, allowing four hits and striking out four. He turned it over to DeAngelis to start the sixth, and the lefty closed out the win with two scoreless innings, striking out three to earn his sixth save.

GAME 2: Genesee 5, Tompkins Cortland 4

The Panthers opened with three runs in the first inning. Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) doubled in the first run, and Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw) delivered a two-out, two-run single to give the Panthers the 3-0 lead in the first inning. The lead lasted until the third, when Genesee rallied to tie the score. The deadlock remained until the seventh, when the game ended with an exciting inning.

In the top of the frame, Ruffin lead off with a walk and came around to score his second run of the day on a RBI double by Scarselletta. The Panthers took the 4-3 lead into the bottom of the inning, but the home team rallied with a pair of runs to take the game in walk-off fashion.

Ruffin and Scarselletta each had two hits for the Panthers to pace the eight-hit attack. DeAngelis took the loss on the mound after entering the game in the sixth inning and working into the seventh.

Tompkins Cortland closes out the regular season Tuesday at home against Finger Lakes Community College.


Panthers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team kept its postseason hopes alive Sunday with a doubleheader split at Genesee Community College. The Panthers won the opener 3-2 before losing game two in a walk-off, 5-4. Tompkins Cortland is now 13-15 in the West Division (20-21 overall) with two games left on the regular season schedule. Genesee is 15-11 in the West Division (19-32 overall) and currently in fourth place in the division with six games left on the Cougars’ schedule. With the top four teams making the playoffs, the Panthers need to win their final two games and get some help to make the postseason.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 3, Genesee 2

The Panthers made the most of limited opportunities to win the opener. Genesee’s pitching allowed base runners in only two of the seven innings, but in one of those innings, the Panthers scored three times. It came in the top of the third, and started with one out when Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) was hit by a pitch. An out later, Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) was also hit by a pitch to put two runners on base with two outs. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) followed with the team’s first hit of the game, a two-run single to put the Panther on the board. Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) capped the rally with another two-out single, scoring Ferrezza and making the score 3-0 in the middle of the third.

Genesee got two of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth, but starting pitcher Cameron Lueder (Charles O. Dickerson H.S./Trumansburg) limited the damage by striking out two of the final three batters in the inning, keeping the Panthers in front 3-2. When Tompkins Cortland couldn’t capitalize on a lead-off single by Babcock in the top of the fifth, it was up to Lueder and closer Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) to secure the win.

Lueder did his part, pitching five innings, allowing four hits and striking out four. He turned it over to DeAngelis to start the sixth, and the lefty closed out the win with two scoreless innings, striking out three to earn his sixth save.

GAME 2: Genesee 5, Tompkins Cortland 4

The Panthers opened with three runs in the first inning. Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) doubled in the first run, and Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw) delivered a two-out, two-run single to give the Panthers the 3-0 lead in the first inning. The lead lasted until the third, when Genesee rallied to tie the score. The deadlock remained until the seventh, when the game ended with an exciting inning.

In the top of the frame, Ruffin lead off with a walk and came around to score his second run of the day on a RBI double by Scarselletta. The Panthers took the 4-3 lead into the bottom of the inning, but the home team rallied with a pair of runs to take the game in walk-off fashion.

Ruffin and Scarselletta each had two hits for the Panthers to pace the eight-hit attack. DeAngelis took the loss on the mound after entering the game in the sixth inning and working into the seventh.

Tompkins Cortland closes out the regular season Tuesday at home against Finger Lakes Community College.


Panthers Split Crucial Doubleheader

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

Needing a strong finish to the regular season in order to make the postseason, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team split a doubleheader with Genesee Community College Saturday, winning 5-3 before losing 13-1. The result keeps Tompkins Cortland in sixth place in the West Division with a record of 12-14 (19-20 overall). Genesee is in fourth place in the West Division with a record of 14-10 (18-31 overall). The top four teams in the division make the playoffs. The Panthers now have four games left on the schedule.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 5, Genesee 3

With ace Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) on the mound, the Panthers needed a win in the opener. Genesee put its first two batters on base to start the game, but a double play helped Boice work out of trouble without allowing a run. The Panthers threatened in the bottom of the frame, advancing a runner to third, but couldn’t score the game’s first run. That came in the bottom of the second. Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) led off with a double. The next batter, Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.), singled to score Christian and put the Panthers up 1-0. An inning later the team added to the lead. With two outs, Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) walked and moved to third on a single by Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn). A wild pitch brought Ferrezza in with the game’s second run and a 2-0 lead after three innings.

While Boice continued to hold the Cougars in check, the bottom of the fourth inning opened with Christian ripping another double. Schulte again followed with a single, moving Christian to third. One out later, he came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw), making the score 3-0.

After putting runners on base without scoring in each of the first four innings, Genesee finally broke through with a run in the fifth, cutting the Panthers’ lead to 3-1. The home team answered in the bottom of the frame. After Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) opened with a walk, Ferrezza followed with a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line, leaving the Panthers with runners at first and second and no outs. The hit also gave Ferrezza 87 for his career, setting a new Panther team record while breaking the old record set by Dan Zambito in 2009-10. The hit started a string of three straight singles, scoring both Ruffin and Ferrezza to make the score 5-1 after five innings. Genesee rallied to score twice in the seventh, but after allowing two runs, Boice closed the door on the complete game victory.

Boice finished with five strikeouts and just five hits allowed. Christian, Scarselletta, and Schulte each finished 2-for-3 at the plate to pace the offense.

GAME 2: Genesee 13, Tompkins Cortland 1 (5 innings)

The strong pitching and solid defense that highlighted the game one win abandoned the Panthers in game two. Genesee exploded for 11 runs in the second inning as three Tompkins Cortland pitchers combined to allow six hits and four walks while the defense committed two errors. The home team never recovered, scoring just once in the fourth while allowing the Cougars to tack on a pair of runs in the fifth.

Christian provided the lone bright spot for the Panthers, drilling his fourth home run of the year to lead off the fourth inning. As he had in the opener, the sophomore had all of the team’s extra-base hits. No Panther had multiple hits in game two.

Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) took the loss on the mound, dropping to 2-4 on the year.

Tompkins Cortland and Genesee play Sunday in Batavia.


Panthers Split Crucial Doubleheader

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

Needing a strong finish to the regular season in order to make the postseason, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team split a doubleheader with Genesee Community College Saturday, winning 5-3 before losing 13-1. The result keeps Tompkins Cortland in sixth place in the West Division with a record of 12-14 (19-20 overall). Genesee is in fourth place in the West Division with a record of 14-10 (18-31 overall). The top four teams in the division make the playoffs. The Panthers now have four games left on the schedule.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 5, Genesee 3

With ace Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) on the mound, the Panthers needed a win in the opener. Genesee put its first two batters on base to start the game, but a double play helped Boice work out of trouble without allowing a run. The Panthers threatened in the bottom of the frame, advancing a runner to third, but couldn’t score the game’s first run. That came in the bottom of the second. Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) led off with a double. The next batter, Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.), singled to score Christian and put the Panthers up 1-0. An inning later the team added to the lead. With two outs, Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) walked and moved to third on a single by Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn). A wild pitch brought Ferrezza in with the game’s second run and a 2-0 lead after three innings.

While Boice continued to hold the Cougars in check, the bottom of the fourth inning opened with Christian ripping another double. Schulte again followed with a single, moving Christian to third. One out later, he came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw), making the score 3-0.

After putting runners on base without scoring in each of the first four innings, Genesee finally broke through with a run in the fifth, cutting the Panthers’ lead to 3-1. The home team answered in the bottom of the frame. After Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) opened with a walk, Ferrezza followed with a perfectly placed bunt down the third base line, leaving the Panthers with runners at first and second and no outs. The hit also gave Ferrezza 87 for his career, setting a new Panther team record while breaking the old record set by Dan Zambito in 2009-10. The hit started a string of three straight singles, scoring both Ruffin and Ferrezza to make the score 5-1 after five innings. Genesee rallied to score twice in the seventh, but after allowing two runs, Boice closed the door on the complete game victory.

Boice finished with five strikeouts and just five hits allowed. Christian, Scarselletta, and Schulte each finished 2-for-3 at the plate to pace the offense.

GAME 2: Genesee 13, Tompkins Cortland 1 (5 innings)

The strong pitching and solid defense that highlighted the game one win abandoned the Panthers in game two. Genesee exploded for 11 runs in the second inning as three Tompkins Cortland pitchers combined to allow six hits and four walks while the defense committed two errors. The home team never recovered, scoring just once in the fourth while allowing the Cougars to tack on a pair of runs in the fifth.

Christian provided the lone bright spot for the Panthers, drilling his fourth home run of the year to lead off the fourth inning. As he had in the opener, the sophomore had all of the team’s extra-base hits. No Panther had multiple hits in game two.

Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) took the loss on the mound, dropping to 2-4 on the year.

Tompkins Cortland and Genesee play Sunday in Batavia.


Panthers Drop Two at Finger Lakes

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team saw its playoff hopes take a hit Tuesday. The Panthers, fighting for one of the four playoff bids in the NJCAA Region III West Division, entered the day in fifth place in the standings. But after dropping both ends of a doubleheader at Finger Lakes Community College, 6-2 and 10-3, the Panthers find themselves in sixth place and four games out of a playoff spot with just six games left on their schedule. Tompkins Cortland’s record in West Division play is now 11-13 (18-19 overall). Finger Lakes is in second-place in the West Division with a record of 17-7 (33-14 overall).

Tompkins Cortland and Finger Lakes complete the home-and-home series with a doubleheader Thursday in Dryden.


Panthers Drop Two at Finger Lakes

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team saw its playoff hopes take a hit Tuesday. The Panthers, fighting for one of the four playoff bids in the NJCAA Region III West Division, entered the day in fifth place in the standings. But after dropping both ends of a doubleheader at Finger Lakes Community College, 6-2 and 10-3, the Panthers find themselves in sixth place and four games out of a playoff spot with just six games left on their schedule. Tompkins Cortland’s record in West Division play is now 11-13 (18-19 overall). Finger Lakes is in second-place in the West Division with a record of 17-7 (33-14 overall).

Tompkins Cortland and Finger Lakes complete the home-and-home series with a doubleheader Thursday in Dryden.


PPD to 5/12

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Sunday's doubleheader at Erie Community College was rained out. The Panthers will next be in action Tuesday at Finger Lakes Community College.


Panthers Drop Pair at Home

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team had a rough day Saturday. The Panthers entered the day on a high having won four straight during the week, but they were back to Earth with a pair of losses to Erie Community College, 8-4 and 8-1. With the losses Tompkins Cortland falls back to .500 in West Division play with a record of 11-11 (18-17 overall). Erie improves to 10-6 in West Division (16-20 overall).

GAME 1: Erie 8, Tompkins Cortland 4

The opener started well, with the Panthers taking a 2-1 lead on a two-run double by Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw) with two outs in the bottom of the second inning. Tompkins Cortland pitcher Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) cruised through the next two innings before running into trouble in the fourth. After a lead-off walk and sacrifice bunt, Erie put together three straight singles to take a 3-2 lead. The Kats added three in the sixth and then tacked on a pair in the seventh to hold an 8-2 advantage. Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) opened the bottom of the seventh with a single and Bryce Ryder (Palmyra-Macedon H.S./Palmyra) followed with a double. A sacrifice fly and ground out brought both in the score, but the rally ended with the Panthers on the short end of the 8-4 score.

Pickert drove in three of the four runs while going 1-for-2. Wintermute took the loss, allowing six runs - two earned - while striking out going six over five and two-thirds innings.

GAME 2: Erie 8, Tompkins Cortland 1

The Panthers again took an early lead in game two. In the bottom of the first, Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) singled, stole second, and came around to score on a two-out single by Laz Moralez (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.). The 1-0 lead lasted until the third, when Erie combined a walk, hit by pitch, two singles, and an error to score three runs. An inning later, Panther pitcher Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) suffered a lapse of control, hitting another batter and walking two, including one with the bases loaded to make the score 4-1.

The offense looked to answer in the bottom of the fourth. The Panthers loaded the bases on one-out hits by Moralez, Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn), and Schulte, but a strike out and fly out stranded all three and ended the Panthers best chance to add to the home score. Erie put the game away with in the sixth, hitting a home run before taking advantage of a pair of Panther errors to score a total of four runs and make the score 8-1. Despite putting a runner in scoring position in each of the last two innings, the Panthers couldn’t change the score before the last out was recorded.

Moralez, Schulte, and Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.) each went 2-for-3 to account for six of the team’s seven hits. Boice took the loss, dropping his record to 4-3 on the season.

Tompkins Cortland and Erie complete the home-and-home series with a doubleheader tomorrow at Erie.


Panthers Drop Pair at Home

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team had a rough day Saturday. The Panthers entered the day on a high having won four straight during the week, but they were back to Earth with a pair of losses to Erie Community College, 8-4 and 8-1. With the losses Tompkins Cortland falls back to .500 in West Division play with a record of 11-11 (18-17 overall). Erie improves to 10-6 in West Division (16-20 overall).

GAME 1: Erie 8, Tompkins Cortland 4

The opener started well, with the Panthers taking a 2-1 lead on a two-run double by Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw) with two outs in the bottom of the second inning. Tompkins Cortland pitcher Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) cruised through the next two innings before running into trouble in the fourth. After a lead-off walk and sacrifice bunt, Erie put together three straight singles to take a 3-2 lead. The Kats added three in the sixth and then tacked on a pair in the seventh to hold an 8-2 advantage. Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) opened the bottom of the seventh with a single and Bryce Ryder (Palmyra-Macedon H.S./Palmyra) followed with a double. A sacrifice fly and ground out brought both in the score, but the rally ended with the Panthers on the short end of the 8-4 score.

Pickert drove in three of the four runs while going 1-for-2. Wintermute took the loss, allowing six runs - two earned - while striking out going six over five and two-thirds innings.

GAME 2: Erie 8, Tompkins Cortland 1

The Panthers again took an early lead in game two. In the bottom of the first, Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) singled, stole second, and came around to score on a two-out single by Laz Moralez (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.). The 1-0 lead lasted until the third, when Erie combined a walk, hit by pitch, two singles, and an error to score three runs. An inning later, Panther pitcher Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) suffered a lapse of control, hitting another batter and walking two, including one with the bases loaded to make the score 4-1.

The offense looked to answer in the bottom of the fourth. The Panthers loaded the bases on one-out hits by Moralez, Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn), and Schulte, but a strike out and fly out stranded all three and ended the Panthers best chance to add to the home score. Erie put the game away with in the sixth, hitting a home run before taking advantage of a pair of Panther errors to score a total of four runs and make the score 8-1. Despite putting a runner in scoring position in each of the last two innings, the Panthers couldn’t change the score before the last out was recorded.

Moralez, Schulte, and Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.) each went 2-for-3 to account for six of the team’s seven hits. Boice took the loss, dropping his record to 4-3 on the season.

Tompkins Cortland and Erie complete the home-and-home series with a doubleheader tomorrow at Erie.


Strong Pitching Leads Panthers to Sweep of Broome

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

Behind strong pitching from a pair of former high school teammates, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team swept a doubleheader from SUNY Broome Thursday, 5-0 and 14-4. By sweeping Broome for the second time in two days, Tompkins Cortland improves to 18-15 overall and 11-9 in the West Division. Broome drops to 3-19 overall and 3-17 in the division.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 5, Broome 0

Tompkins Cortland pitcher Cameron Lueder (Charles O. Dickerson H.S./Trumansburg) had his best outing of the season on the mound. The lefty struck went the distance, recording seven k’s, including striking out the side in the third inning. He allowed just two hits and only one runner reached second base during the entire game, and that came as a result of an error with two outs in the fifth.

Offensively, the Panthers gave Lueder all the support he would need in the first inning, scoring just two batters into the game. Leadoff man Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn,) opened the top of the first with a double, and then moved to third on a passed ball. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) drove him in with a sacrifice fly, putting the Panthers up 1-0. The lead moved to 2-0 in the third with Ferrezza reaching with a single, advancing on a passed ball, and then coming in on a single by Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown). Laz Moralez (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) drove in two runs in the fourth to make the score 4-0, and Ferrezza closed the scoring with an RBI single in the fifth.

Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) finished game one 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Ferrezza finished 2-for-3 with two RBI while Ruffin went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

GAME 2: Tompkins Cortland 14, Broome 4

After a scoreless first, the offense got going in the second. Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) started with a single and stolen base. The next two batters were retired before a walk and a dropped third strike loaded the bases for the number nine hitter, Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.). Perez came through, lacing a double on the first pitch he saw, clearing the bases and giving the Panthers a 3-0 lead. Perez later came in to score on a Ferrezza single, making it 4-0 in the middle of the second.

In the third, Van Allen again led off with a single, and again was still on second base with two outs. This time Babcock drove him in with a double, making it 5-0. After a walk, Perez came through again, hitting another double to drive in two more runs and push the score to 7-0. Ruffin followed with another double, driving in Perez with another run.

The lead stood at 8-0 until the bottom of the fourth, when a pair of errors opened the door for a grand slam homer for Broome, cutting the Tompkins Cortland lead to 8-4. A scoreless fifth followed before the Panthers added three runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to make the final margin 14-4.

After game one’s gem, the Panthers received more strong pitching in game two. Starter Jeff Cotterill (Charles O. Dickerson H.S./Trumansburg), a high school teammate of game-one pitcher Lueder, went six innings to earn the win. He retired the leadoff batter in each inning, and struck six while allowing no earned runs. Jared Coffey (Mynderse Academy/Seneca Falls) pitched a perfect seventh to close out of the win.

Offensively the Panthers combined to hit six doubles. Perez had two doubles while driving in five runs and Ruffin had two doubles as part of a 3-for-4, three RBI effort. For the second straight game, Babcock reached base each time up, scoring three times while going 1-for-1 with two walks and a hit by pitch.

Tompkins Cortland hosts Erie Community College for a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.


Strong Pitching Leads Panthers to Sweep of Broome

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

Behind strong pitching from a pair of former high school teammates, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team swept a doubleheader from SUNY Broome Thursday, 5-0 and 14-4. By sweeping Broome for the second time in two days, Tompkins Cortland improves to 18-15 overall and 11-9 in the West Division. Broome drops to 3-19 overall and 3-17 in the division.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 5, Broome 0

Tompkins Cortland pitcher Cameron Lueder (Charles O. Dickerson H.S./Trumansburg) had his best outing of the season on the mound. The lefty struck went the distance, recording seven k’s, including striking out the side in the third inning. He allowed just two hits and only one runner reached second base during the entire game, and that came as a result of an error with two outs in the fifth.

Offensively, the Panthers gave Lueder all the support he would need in the first inning, scoring just two batters into the game. Leadoff man Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn,) opened the top of the first with a double, and then moved to third on a passed ball. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) drove him in with a sacrifice fly, putting the Panthers up 1-0. The lead moved to 2-0 in the third with Ferrezza reaching with a single, advancing on a passed ball, and then coming in on a single by Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown). Laz Moralez (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) drove in two runs in the fourth to make the score 4-0, and Ferrezza closed the scoring with an RBI single in the fifth.

Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) finished game one 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Ferrezza finished 2-for-3 with two RBI while Ruffin went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

GAME 2: Tompkins Cortland 14, Broome 4

After a scoreless first, the offense got going in the second. Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) started with a single and stolen base. The next two batters were retired before a walk and a dropped third strike loaded the bases for the number nine hitter, Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.). Perez came through, lacing a double on the first pitch he saw, clearing the bases and giving the Panthers a 3-0 lead. Perez later came in to score on a Ferrezza single, making it 4-0 in the middle of the second.

In the third, Van Allen again led off with a single, and again was still on second base with two outs. This time Babcock drove him in with a double, making it 5-0. After a walk, Perez came through again, hitting another double to drive in two more runs and push the score to 7-0. Ruffin followed with another double, driving in Perez with another run.

The lead stood at 8-0 until the bottom of the fourth, when a pair of errors opened the door for a grand slam homer for Broome, cutting the Tompkins Cortland lead to 8-4. A scoreless fifth followed before the Panthers added three runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to make the final margin 14-4.

After game one’s gem, the Panthers received more strong pitching in game two. Starter Jeff Cotterill (Charles O. Dickerson H.S./Trumansburg), a high school teammate of game-one pitcher Lueder, went six innings to earn the win. He retired the leadoff batter in each inning, and struck six while allowing no earned runs. Jared Coffey (Mynderse Academy/Seneca Falls) pitched a perfect seventh to close out of the win.

Offensively the Panthers combined to hit six doubles. Perez had two doubles while driving in five runs and Ruffin had two doubles as part of a 3-for-4, three RBI effort. For the second straight game, Babcock reached base each time up, scoring three times while going 1-for-1 with two walks and a hit by pitch.

Tompkins Cortland hosts Erie Community College for a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.


Panthers Walk Off with Sweep of Broome

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team rallied from a huge deficit late in game two to complete a doubleheader sweep of SUNY Broome Wednesday. After winning the opener 7-4 the Panthers overcame an 8-0 deficit in the sixth inning to win game two 9-8. Tompkins Cortland improves to 16-15 overall and 9-9 in the West Division. Broome drops to 3-17 overall and 3-15 in the division.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 7, Broome 4

The opener was a back-and-forth game from the start, with the game tied at 2-2 after two and 3-3 after four. Broome took the lead for the second time with a run in the fifth, but the Panthers answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. A single Panther run in the sixth ended the scoring with the Panthers up 7-4.

Jesse Tillotson (Spencer-Van Etten H.S./Van Etten) tossed five innings, battling control issues to allow four runs on five hits and six walks. He left the mound in the middle of the fifth trailing, but when the offense plated three runs, he came in line for the win. Matt Socola (Haverling H.S./Bath) had a hold with a perfect sixth and Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) picked up his fifth save, striking out two in a scoreless seventh.

Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) had a pair of hits in three at bats, and Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) went 1-for-3 with what turned out to be the game-winning RBI in the sixth.

GAME 2: Tompkins Cortland 9, Broome 8

After a scoreless first, Broome put three runs on the board in the second, thanks to two walks, two balks, and a double. The Panthers threatened by putting runners in scoring position in the second, third, and fifth innings, but couldn’t put one across the plate, leaving the score at 3-0 entering the sixth. In the sixth, Broome appeared to break the game open with five runs in the top of the frame, giving the visitors an 8-0 lead with just six outs left. But in the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers finally broke through and made a game of it. Scarselletta opened the bottom of the sixth with a double, starting a string of six straight Panthers to reach base via hit, error, or hit by pitch. All six would come around to score, with Laz Moralez (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) driving in two along the way. The rally brought the Panthers to within one at 8-7, and set the stage for a fantastic finish.

In the seventh, Socola came on for his second appearance of the day. The freshman right-hander set the Hornets down in order, capping the perfect frame with a strike out, and bringing the Panthers back to bat. Joel Potter (Dryden H.S./Dryden) led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, and one out later, came in to score the tying run on a single by Moralez. A walk and fielder’s choice later, the Panthers had two outs and two runners on base with the team’s top two RBI men coming up. As it turned out, they delivered without ever lifting the bat.

With two runners on base, Christian was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus). Five pitches later, the freshman had drawn a walk, forcing Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn,) in with the game winning run.

Socola picked up the win to improve his record to 3-1 on the season. Scarselletta, Ruffin, and Moralez each had two hits, with Moralez adding three RBI to his stat line.

The win was the Panthers second walk-off win in less than a week. On Saturday, the team rallied to beat Onondaga Community College in the bottom of the seventh, 11-10.

Tompkins Cortland and Broome square off again Thursday in Binghamton. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.


Panthers Walk Off with Sweep of Broome

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team rallied from a huge deficit late in game two to complete a doubleheader sweep of SUNY Broome Wednesday. After winning the opener 7-4 the Panthers overcame an 8-0 deficit in the sixth inning to win game two 9-8. Tompkins Cortland improves to 16-15 overall and 9-9 in the West Division. Broome drops to 3-17 overall and 3-15 in the division.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 7, Broome 4

The opener was a back-and-forth game from the start, with the game tied at 2-2 after two and 3-3 after four. Broome took the lead for the second time with a run in the fifth, but the Panthers answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. A single Panther run in the sixth ended the scoring with the Panthers up 7-4.

Jesse Tillotson (Spencer-Van Etten H.S./Van Etten) tossed five innings, battling control issues to allow four runs on five hits and six walks. He left the mound in the middle of the fifth trailing, but when the offense plated three runs, he came in line for the win. Matt Socola (Haverling H.S./Bath) had a hold with a perfect sixth and Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) picked up his fifth save, striking out two in a scoreless seventh.

Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) had a pair of hits in three at bats, and Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) went 1-for-3 with what turned out to be the game-winning RBI in the sixth.

GAME 2: Tompkins Cortland 9, Broome 8

After a scoreless first, Broome put three runs on the board in the second, thanks to two walks, two balks, and a double. The Panthers threatened by putting runners in scoring position in the second, third, and fifth innings, but couldn’t put one across the plate, leaving the score at 3-0 entering the sixth. In the sixth, Broome appeared to break the game open with five runs in the top of the frame, giving the visitors an 8-0 lead with just six outs left. But in the bottom of the sixth, the Panthers finally broke through and made a game of it. Scarselletta opened the bottom of the sixth with a double, starting a string of six straight Panthers to reach base via hit, error, or hit by pitch. All six would come around to score, with Laz Moralez (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) driving in two along the way. The rally brought the Panthers to within one at 8-7, and set the stage for a fantastic finish.

In the seventh, Socola came on for his second appearance of the day. The freshman right-hander set the Hornets down in order, capping the perfect frame with a strike out, and bringing the Panthers back to bat. Joel Potter (Dryden H.S./Dryden) led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, and one out later, came in to score the tying run on a single by Moralez. A walk and fielder’s choice later, the Panthers had two outs and two runners on base with the team’s top two RBI men coming up. As it turned out, they delivered without ever lifting the bat.

With two runners on base, Christian was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus). Five pitches later, the freshman had drawn a walk, forcing Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn,) in with the game winning run.

Socola picked up the win to improve his record to 3-1 on the season. Scarselletta, Ruffin, and Moralez each had two hits, with Moralez adding three RBI to his stat line.

The win was the Panthers second walk-off win in less than a week. On Saturday, the team rallied to beat Onondaga Community College in the bottom of the seventh, 11-10.

Tompkins Cortland and Broome square off again Thursday in Binghamton. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.


Panthers Split Twinbill with Onondaga

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team split a doubleheader at Onondaga Community College Sunday, winning the opener 3-2 before dropping the nightcap 4-0. Tompkins Cortland is now 14-15 overall and 7-9 in the West Division. Onondaga is 20-13 overall and 9-9 in the division.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 3, Onondaga 2

The Panthers totaled just five hits, but they made the most of them, scoring runs in the second, fifth, and seventh innings. Taking a two-hitter and a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, pitcher Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) worked through an Onondaga rally that saw the Lazers score two runs on four hits and put runners on second and third. The Panthers secured the win when Boice induced an infield pop-up for the final out.

Boice tossed the complete game, striking out three en route to his fourth win of the year. Connor Dunham (Paul V. Moore H.S./Central Square) scored two of the Panthers’ three runs while stroking a double for the team’s lone extra-base hit. Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) also reached base twice by going 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

GAME 2: Onondaga 4, Tompkins Cortland 0

Fans of strong pitching got their second pitching duel of the day in game two. Tompkins Cortland starting pitcher Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) pitched well, allowing just two runs in the third and another two in the sixth before giving way to the bullpen. Through the first four innings, all the outs were recorded either by strike out or ground ball, as the sophomore kept the Panthers in striking distance. Unfortunately, the offense could never get on track. Only four Panthers had a hit, all singles, and the team put a runner on second base just twice the entire game.

Wintermute took the loss despite pitching well. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) and Scarselletta were among the four Panthers to record a hit in game two, becoming the only players to hit safely in both ends of the doubleheader.

Tompkins Cortland hosts SUNY Broome Tuesday. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.


Panthers Split Twinbill with Onondaga

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team split a doubleheader at Onondaga Community College Sunday, winning the opener 3-2 before dropping the nightcap 4-0. Tompkins Cortland is now 14-15 overall and 7-9 in the West Division. Onondaga is 20-13 overall and 9-9 in the division.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 3, Onondaga 2

The Panthers totaled just five hits, but they made the most of them, scoring runs in the second, fifth, and seventh innings. Taking a two-hitter and a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, pitcher Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) worked through an Onondaga rally that saw the Lazers score two runs on four hits and put runners on second and third. The Panthers secured the win when Boice induced an infield pop-up for the final out.

Boice tossed the complete game, striking out three en route to his fourth win of the year. Connor Dunham (Paul V. Moore H.S./Central Square) scored two of the Panthers’ three runs while stroking a double for the team’s lone extra-base hit. Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) also reached base twice by going 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.

GAME 2: Onondaga 4, Tompkins Cortland 0

Fans of strong pitching got their second pitching duel of the day in game two. Tompkins Cortland starting pitcher Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) pitched well, allowing just two runs in the third and another two in the sixth before giving way to the bullpen. Through the first four innings, all the outs were recorded either by strike out or ground ball, as the sophomore kept the Panthers in striking distance. Unfortunately, the offense could never get on track. Only four Panthers had a hit, all singles, and the team put a runner on second base just twice the entire game.

Wintermute took the loss despite pitching well. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) and Scarselletta were among the four Panthers to record a hit in game two, becoming the only players to hit safely in both ends of the doubleheader.

Tompkins Cortland hosts SUNY Broome Tuesday. The doubleheader is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.


Walk-Off Win for Panthers Over Onondaga

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

A two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in the game winner as the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team walked off with a win in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader with Onondaga Community College. The Panthers lost game one 11-2 before taking the nightcap in dramatic fashion, 11-10. Tompkins Cortland is now 13-14 overall and 6-8 in the West Division. Onondaga is 19-12 overall and 8-8 in the division.

GAME 1: Onondaga 11, Tompkins Cortland 2

The day didn’t start well for the home team. The top of the first included three walks, helping Onondaga take a 1-0 lead. The Lazers added two more in the third before the Panthers could finally push one across in the fourth to make it 3-1. In the fifth inning the first five Lazers reached base with hits and eventually scored, opening the lead to 8-1. Two more Onondaga runs in the sixth were answered by a single Tompkins Cortland run in the bottom of the inning to make it 10-2. The Lazers tacked on a last run in the seventh to make the final 11-2.

The game was a set of missed opportunities for the home team. The Panthers stranded 10 runners on base, including the bases loaded twice. On the defensive side, Tompkins Cortland pitchers issued 10 walks and failed to finish innings: six of the Onondaga runs were scored with two outs.

At the plate, the Panthers had nine hits, all singles. Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) was a perfect 3-for-3 and Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) and Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw) each went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

GAME 2: Tompkins Cortland 11, Onondaga 10

The nightcap was a wild one from the start, with five lead changes in the first four innings. The Panthers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, putting up three runs on the strength of one hit, two walks, two hit by pitch, and an error. Four runs in the top of the second gave Onondaga a 4-3 lead, but Tompkins Cortland regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when Scarselletta blasted a two-run homer. An RBI double by Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) in the third made the lead 6-4, but Onondaga plated four runs in the top of the fourth to move ahead 8-6.

The see-saw continued in the bottom of the frame. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) led off with a triple, sparking a stretch of eight straight Panthers to reach base. Four would score to put the Panthers up 10-8 heading into the fifth. A pair of Panther errors in the fifth opened the door for two runs to score, tying the game at 10-10. For the first time in the game, the Panthers failed to score in the bottom of the fifth. Both teams put runners on the sixth, but neither could score. Matt Socola (Haverling H.S./Bath) came on in relief and pitched a perfect top of the seventh, setting the stage for the fantastic finish.

After the first two batters were retired, Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) worked a walk and Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) was hit by a pitch. After a pitching change, an infield error filled the bases and brought Schulte to the plate. Batting with two outs and a full count, Schulte hit a clean single to center to score Christian and start the celebration.

The game-winner was Schulte’s third RBI of the game as the designated hitter went 2-for-4. Scarselletta had another huge game, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI. Ferrezza and Boice each went 2-for-4, with each counting an extra-base hit among their total. Socola picked up the win with one inning of work. Matthew Morgan (McGraw H.S./McGraw) also was strong in relief, tossing one and a third scoreless innings.

Tompkins Cortland and Onondaga square off again Sunday, with first pitch at 1 p.m. in Syracuse.


Walk-Off Win for Panthers Over Onondaga

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

A two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in the game winner as the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team walked off with a win in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader with Onondaga Community College. The Panthers lost game one 11-2 before taking the nightcap in dramatic fashion, 11-10. Tompkins Cortland is now 13-14 overall and 6-8 in the West Division. Onondaga is 19-12 overall and 8-8 in the division.

GAME 1: Onondaga 11, Tompkins Cortland 2

The day didn’t start well for the home team. The top of the first included three walks, helping Onondaga take a 1-0 lead. The Lazers added two more in the third before the Panthers could finally push one across in the fourth to make it 3-1. In the fifth inning the first five Lazers reached base with hits and eventually scored, opening the lead to 8-1. Two more Onondaga runs in the sixth were answered by a single Tompkins Cortland run in the bottom of the inning to make it 10-2. The Lazers tacked on a last run in the seventh to make the final 11-2.

The game was a set of missed opportunities for the home team. The Panthers stranded 10 runners on base, including the bases loaded twice. On the defensive side, Tompkins Cortland pitchers issued 10 walks and failed to finish innings: six of the Onondaga runs were scored with two outs.

At the plate, the Panthers had nine hits, all singles. Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) was a perfect 3-for-3 and Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) and Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw) each went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

GAME 2: Tompkins Cortland 11, Onondaga 10

The nightcap was a wild one from the start, with five lead changes in the first four innings. The Panthers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, putting up three runs on the strength of one hit, two walks, two hit by pitch, and an error. Four runs in the top of the second gave Onondaga a 4-3 lead, but Tompkins Cortland regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when Scarselletta blasted a two-run homer. An RBI double by Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) in the third made the lead 6-4, but Onondaga plated four runs in the top of the fourth to move ahead 8-6.

The see-saw continued in the bottom of the frame. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) led off with a triple, sparking a stretch of eight straight Panthers to reach base. Four would score to put the Panthers up 10-8 heading into the fifth. A pair of Panther errors in the fifth opened the door for two runs to score, tying the game at 10-10. For the first time in the game, the Panthers failed to score in the bottom of the fifth. Both teams put runners on the sixth, but neither could score. Matt Socola (Haverling H.S./Bath) came on in relief and pitched a perfect top of the seventh, setting the stage for the fantastic finish.

After the first two batters were retired, Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) worked a walk and Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) was hit by a pitch. After a pitching change, an infield error filled the bases and brought Schulte to the plate. Batting with two outs and a full count, Schulte hit a clean single to center to score Christian and start the celebration.

The game-winner was Schulte’s third RBI of the game as the designated hitter went 2-for-4. Scarselletta had another huge game, going 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI. Ferrezza and Boice each went 2-for-4, with each counting an extra-base hit among their total. Socola picked up the win with one inning of work. Matthew Morgan (McGraw H.S./McGraw) also was strong in relief, tossing one and a third scoreless innings.

Tompkins Cortland and Onondaga square off again Sunday, with first pitch at 1 p.m. in Syracuse.


Panthers Split DH with Jamestown

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team snapped its six-game losing skid in convincing fashion Thursday, beating Jamestown Community College 16-9 in the opener of a West Division doubleheader. The momentum didn’t carry over to the second game, however, as the Panthers dropped the nightcap 6-4 in eight innings. The Panthers are now 12-13 overall and 5-7 in the West Division. Jamestown is 6-17 overall and 5-9 in the division.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 16, Jamestown 9

After giving up a pair of runs in the top of the first, Tompkins Cortland put five up in the bottom, led by Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) with a two-run single. Jamestown cut the lead to 5-4 with two runs in the second, but the Panthers put four runs on the board in the bottom of the third to take control. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) drove in a pair with a two-out single, stole second, and then came around to score on a single by Van Allen, making the score 9-4. The Jayhawks again tried to get back in the game with two runs in the fourth, but the home team scored three times in the fifth to make it 12-6. After Jamestown scored twice in the sixth, Tompkins Cortland tacked on four runs in the bottom of the frame to put the game out of reach. A single Jamestown run in the seventh mad the final score 16-9.

Ferrezza had a busy game, going 3-for-3 with a double, four runs scored, two RBI, two stolen bases, a sacrifice, and a hit by pitch. Van Allen went 3-for-5 with three RBI and Christian went 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) was 2-for-4 with four RBI and Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) had the interesting stat line of 0-for-1 with two RBI, reaching four times on three walks and a hit by pitch.

Darius Stevens (Homer H.S./Cortland) earned the win with four innings of work that included five earned runs. Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) picked up a save by throwing the final three innings, allowing one earned run.

GAME 2: Jamestown 6, Tompkins Cortland 4 (8 innings)

After holding the lead every inning of game one, Tompkins Cortland never led in game two. Jamestown scored twice in the first and led 3-1 after four innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) launched a bomb over the 380-foot sign in left center to tie the game with a two-run homer. Jamestown regained the lead in the sixth, but the Panthers rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport) lifted a fly ball to right center which the centerfielder misplayed to allow Ruffin to go all the way to third. Ferrezza followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Ruffin, tying the game and sending the game to extra innings.

In the eighth, Jamestown combined a walk and a hit by pitch with a pair of hits to score two runs and lead 6-4. The Panthers put the leadoff hitter on in the bottom of the eighth to bring the tying run to the plate, but the game ended with three straight strike outs to give the Jayhawks the win.

Ruffin finished the second game 2-for-3 with a double and two walks. Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) took the loss on the mound, despite striking out the side in the seventh and totaling four strikeouts in two innings of work.

Tompkins Cortland hosts Onondaga Community College Saturday at noon.


Panthers Split DH with Jamestown

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team snapped its six-game losing skid in convincing fashion Thursday, beating Jamestown Community College 16-9 in the opener of a West Division doubleheader. The momentum didn’t carry over to the second game, however, as the Panthers dropped the nightcap 6-4 in eight innings. The Panthers are now 12-13 overall and 5-7 in the West Division. Jamestown is 6-17 overall and 5-9 in the division.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 16, Jamestown 9

After giving up a pair of runs in the top of the first, Tompkins Cortland put five up in the bottom, led by Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) with a two-run single. Jamestown cut the lead to 5-4 with two runs in the second, but the Panthers put four runs on the board in the bottom of the third to take control. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) drove in a pair with a two-out single, stole second, and then came around to score on a single by Van Allen, making the score 9-4. The Jayhawks again tried to get back in the game with two runs in the fourth, but the home team scored three times in the fifth to make it 12-6. After Jamestown scored twice in the sixth, Tompkins Cortland tacked on four runs in the bottom of the frame to put the game out of reach. A single Jamestown run in the seventh mad the final score 16-9.

Ferrezza had a busy game, going 3-for-3 with a double, four runs scored, two RBI, two stolen bases, a sacrifice, and a hit by pitch. Van Allen went 3-for-5 with three RBI and Christian went 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) was 2-for-4 with four RBI and Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) had the interesting stat line of 0-for-1 with two RBI, reaching four times on three walks and a hit by pitch.

Darius Stevens (Homer H.S./Cortland) earned the win with four innings of work that included five earned runs. Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) picked up a save by throwing the final three innings, allowing one earned run.

GAME 2: Jamestown 6, Tompkins Cortland 4 (8 innings)

After holding the lead every inning of game one, Tompkins Cortland never led in game two. Jamestown scored twice in the first and led 3-1 after four innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) launched a bomb over the 380-foot sign in left center to tie the game with a two-run homer. Jamestown regained the lead in the sixth, but the Panthers rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport) lifted a fly ball to right center which the centerfielder misplayed to allow Ruffin to go all the way to third. Ferrezza followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Ruffin, tying the game and sending the game to extra innings.

In the eighth, Jamestown combined a walk and a hit by pitch with a pair of hits to score two runs and lead 6-4. The Panthers put the leadoff hitter on in the bottom of the eighth to bring the tying run to the plate, but the game ended with three straight strike outs to give the Jayhawks the win.

Ruffin finished the second game 2-for-3 with a double and two walks. Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) took the loss on the mound, despite striking out the side in the seventh and totaling four strikeouts in two innings of work.

Tompkins Cortland hosts Onondaga Community College Saturday at noon.


Panthers Swept on the Road

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team came within three outs of ending its current losing skid on Tuesday. After dropping the first game 12-2, the Panthers saw a last inning lead evaporate in a 7-6 game two loss. As a result, for the first time since the last day of the Spring Break trip on March 23, the Panthers have dropped below .500. The Panthers are now 11-12 overall and 4-6 in the West Division. The wins move Jamestown’s records to 5-16 overall and 4-8 in the division.

GAME 1: Jamestown 12, Tompkins Cortland 2 (6 innings)

A tied game fell apart in the third as Jamestown scored seven runs to lead 9-2. The Jayhawks added two more in the fourth and then ended the game due to the run rule with another score in the sixth.

GAME 2: Jamestown 7, Tompkins Cortland 6

The Panthers took a 6-3 lead into the seventh inning, but couldn’t close out the win. Jamestown rallied for four runs on just two hits, taking advantage of four walks and a hit batter to pull out the win.

The Panthers host Jamestown Thursday.


Panthers Swept on the Road

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team came within three outs of ending its current losing skid on Tuesday. After dropping the first game 12-2, the Panthers saw a last inning lead evaporate in a 7-6 game two loss. As a result, for the first time since the last day of the Spring Break trip on March 23, the Panthers have dropped below .500. The Panthers are now 11-12 overall and 4-6 in the West Division. The wins move Jamestown’s records to 5-16 overall and 4-8 in the division.

GAME 1: Jamestown 12, Tompkins Cortland 2 (6 innings)

A tied game fell apart in the third as Jamestown scored seven runs to lead 9-2. The Jayhawks added two more in the fourth and then ended the game due to the run rule with another score in the sixth.

GAME 2: Jamestown 7, Tompkins Cortland 6

The Panthers took a 6-3 lead into the seventh inning, but couldn’t close out the win. Jamestown rallied for four runs on just two hits, taking advantage of four walks and a hit batter to pull out the win.

The Panthers host Jamestown Thursday.


Panthers Swept at Niagara

Sunday, April 17, 2016

When the weekend started, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team was riding a five-game winning streak. By the time the sun set on Sunday, the Panthers were on a less positive streak: a four-game losing skid. On Sunday Niagara County Community College swept Tompkins Cortland for the second straight day, winning 8-0 and 10-2. The Panthers are now 11-9 overall and 4-4 in the West Division. Niagara improves to 22-4 overall and 8-0 in the division.

GAME 1: Niagara 8, Tompkins Cortland 0

For the third straight game, the Tompkins Cortland offense was held in check by strong Niagara pitching. The Panthers collected five hits, but couldn’t string enough together to plate a run. Niagara, meanwhile, scored a single run in each inning except the fifth, when the Thunderwolves put five across.

Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) had two of the five hits for the Panthers. Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.), Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus), and Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) all reached safely once with base hits.

GAME 2: Niagara 10, Tompkins Cortland 2

The Panthers again fell behind early, with Niagara scoring a run in each of the first two innings. This time, Tompkins Cortland responded, scoring in the top of the third to make it a 2-1 score. Niagara plated another in the bottom of the third, but the Panthers answered with a run in the fourth to pull within one at 3-2. The score held until the bottom of the fifth when the Thunderwolves put three across. The home team padded the lead with four in the sixth, making the final 10-2.

Ferrezza again collected two hits, including a double. Van Allen, Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown), and Alex Evans (Stillwater H.S./Stillwater) each singled for the Panthers.

The Panthers play at Jamestown Community College Tuesday.


Panthers Swept at Niagara

Sunday, April 17, 2016

When the weekend started, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team was riding a five-game winning streak. By the time the sun set on Sunday, the Panthers were on a less positive streak: a four-game losing skid. On Sunday Niagara County Community College swept Tompkins Cortland for the second straight day, winning 8-0 and 10-2. The Panthers are now 11-9 overall and 4-4 in the West Division. Niagara improves to 22-4 overall and 8-0 in the division.

GAME 1: Niagara 8, Tompkins Cortland 0

For the third straight game, the Tompkins Cortland offense was held in check by strong Niagara pitching. The Panthers collected five hits, but couldn’t string enough together to plate a run. Niagara, meanwhile, scored a single run in each inning except the fifth, when the Thunderwolves put five across.

Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) had two of the five hits for the Panthers. Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.), Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus), and Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) all reached safely once with base hits.

GAME 2: Niagara 10, Tompkins Cortland 2

The Panthers again fell behind early, with Niagara scoring a run in each of the first two innings. This time, Tompkins Cortland responded, scoring in the top of the third to make it a 2-1 score. Niagara plated another in the bottom of the third, but the Panthers answered with a run in the fourth to pull within one at 3-2. The score held until the bottom of the fifth when the Thunderwolves put three across. The home team padded the lead with four in the sixth, making the final 10-2.

Ferrezza again collected two hits, including a double. Van Allen, Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown), and Alex Evans (Stillwater H.S./Stillwater) each singled for the Panthers.

The Panthers play at Jamestown Community College Tuesday.


Panthers Win Streak Snapped at Five

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end Saturday, dropping both ends of a doubleheader to Niagara County Community College, 7-0 and 13-1. The Panthers are now 11-8 overall and 4-2 in the West Division. Niagara improves to 20-4 overall and 6-0 in the division.

GAME 1: Niagara 7, Tompkins Cortland 0

The Panthers faced the best pitching they’ve seen all year on Saturday. The offense struggled in game one, only managing three hits.

Starting pitcher Peyton Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) matched zeroes with the Niagara starter through four innings, but in the fourth Niagara broke through with a run. After the Panthers couldn’t answer, Niagara plated five runs in the fifth, knocking Boice out of the game. The Thunderwolves scored again in the seventh, an insurance run that turned out to be unneeded.

Of Tompkins Cortland’s three hits, two belonged to Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) and Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) also had a hit in game one.

GAME 2: Niagara 13, Tompkins Cortland 1 (6 innings)

Game two again featured dominant pitching by the visitors. This time Tompkins Cortland could muster just two hits, with both coming back-to-back and producing a run in the fourth. By that time, Niagara had already raced to a 10-0 lead, scoring four in the second, five in the third, and another in the fourth. After the Panthers scored in the bottom of the fourth, Niagara pushed across three runs in the sixth to end the game on the 10-run rule.

Joel Potter (Dryden H.S./Dryden) had the Panthers’ first hit and came around to score on an RBI single by Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip).

The Panthers play at Niagara County Community College Sunday.


Panthers Win Streak Snapped at Five

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end Saturday, dropping both ends of a doubleheader to Niagara County Community College, 7-0 and 13-1. The Panthers are now 11-8 overall and 4-2 in the West Division. Niagara improves to 20-4 overall and 6-0 in the division.

GAME 1: Niagara 7, Tompkins Cortland 0

The Panthers faced the best pitching they’ve seen all year on Saturday. The offense struggled in game one, only managing three hits.

Starting pitcher Peyton Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) matched zeroes with the Niagara starter through four innings, but in the fourth Niagara broke through with a run. After the Panthers couldn’t answer, Niagara plated five runs in the fifth, knocking Boice out of the game. The Thunderwolves scored again in the seventh, an insurance run that turned out to be unneeded.

Of Tompkins Cortland’s three hits, two belonged to Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) and Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) also had a hit in game one.

GAME 2: Niagara 13, Tompkins Cortland 1 (6 innings)

Game two again featured dominant pitching by the visitors. This time Tompkins Cortland could muster just two hits, with both coming back-to-back and producing a run in the fourth. By that time, Niagara had already raced to a 10-0 lead, scoring four in the second, five in the third, and another in the fourth. After the Panthers scored in the bottom of the fourth, Niagara pushed across three runs in the sixth to end the game on the 10-run rule.

Joel Potter (Dryden H.S./Dryden) had the Panthers’ first hit and came around to score on an RBI single by Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip).

The Panthers play at Niagara County Community College Sunday.


Panthers Complete Season Sweep of Corning

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team completed a four-game sweep of Corning Community College by winning two games at home Thursday. The Panthers came from behind in both games, winning 9-7 and 8-5. The Panthers are now 11-6 and 4-0 in the West Division. Corning drops to 6-10 overall and 2-6 in the division.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 9, Corning 7

The Panthers came from behind twice in the opener. Corning struck first with a run in the second, but Tompkins Cortland answered with in the fourth when five straight Panthers reached base, with all five eventually scoring. Three runs in the top of the fifth and three more in the top of the sixth put the visitors back on top, 7-5, but the home team responded with force. In the bottom of the sixth, the first seven Panthers reached base, with four eventually scoring to make the score 9-7. Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) worked around a pair of walks in the seventh to hold the Red Barons off the board and secure the win. DeAngelis earned his second win of the year, tossing the final one and two-thirds scoreless innings.

Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron Conn.) doubled twice while Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) went 3-for-4 at the plate. Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) and Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) each had two hits for the winners.

GAME 2: Tompkins Cortland 8, Corning 5

Corning again opened the scoring in game two, taking advantage of an error in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. This game, it didn’t take long for the Panthers to respond, tying the game in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly from Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus). An inning later, Perez launched a two-run homer over the 380 foot sign in left center, giving the home team a 3-1 lead. Three runs in the third pushed the lead to 6-1 before Corning scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to make it 6-3. The lead was cut to one with two Corning runs in the top of the sixth, but the Panthers tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Christian. DeAngelis made his second appearance of the day, striking out the side in the seventh to earn his fourth save of the year

Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) earned the win, striking out six over six innings of work. Perez finished his big day by going 2-for-3 with three RBI. Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) went 2-for-3 as part of the Panthers’ nine-hit attack.

The Panthers host Niagara County Community College Saturday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.


Panthers Complete Season Sweep of Corning

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team completed a four-game sweep of Corning Community College by winning two games at home Thursday. The Panthers came from behind in both games, winning 9-7 and 8-5. The Panthers are now 11-6 and 4-0 in the West Division. Corning drops to 6-10 overall and 2-6 in the division.

GAME 1: Tompkins Cortland 9, Corning 7

The Panthers came from behind twice in the opener. Corning struck first with a run in the second, but Tompkins Cortland answered with in the fourth when five straight Panthers reached base, with all five eventually scoring. Three runs in the top of the fifth and three more in the top of the sixth put the visitors back on top, 7-5, but the home team responded with force. In the bottom of the sixth, the first seven Panthers reached base, with four eventually scoring to make the score 9-7. Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) worked around a pair of walks in the seventh to hold the Red Barons off the board and secure the win. DeAngelis earned his second win of the year, tossing the final one and two-thirds scoreless innings.

Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron Conn.) doubled twice while Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) went 3-for-4 at the plate. Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) and Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) each had two hits for the winners.

GAME 2: Tompkins Cortland 8, Corning 5

Corning again opened the scoring in game two, taking advantage of an error in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. This game, it didn’t take long for the Panthers to respond, tying the game in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly from Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus). An inning later, Perez launched a two-run homer over the 380 foot sign in left center, giving the home team a 3-1 lead. Three runs in the third pushed the lead to 6-1 before Corning scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to make it 6-3. The lead was cut to one with two Corning runs in the top of the sixth, but the Panthers tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Christian. DeAngelis made his second appearance of the day, striking out the side in the seventh to earn his fourth save of the year

Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) earned the win, striking out six over six innings of work. Perez finished his big day by going 2-for-3 with three RBI. Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) went 2-for-3 as part of the Panthers’ nine-hit attack.

The Panthers host Niagara County Community College Saturday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.


Panthers Open West Division Play with Sweep of Corning

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team finally got back on the diamond Tuesday, opening West Division play at Corning Community College. Playing for the first time in 11 days, the Panthers used a balanced attack in both games to sweep the Red Barons, 8-2 and 8-6. The Panthers are now 9-6 and 2-0 in the West Division. The sweep marks the first time since 2011 that the Panthers have opened West Division play with a pair of wins. Corning is 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the division.

Despite the long layoff since their last game, the Panthers looked sharp early. In the top of the first, Tompkins Cortland scored three times on just two hits, taking advantage of a walk and two hit batters. The lead grew with run in the second, giving starting pitcher Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) a 4-0 cushion to work with. The sophomore tossed five scoreless innings before running into a little trouble in the sixth, but by that time the Panthers had tacked on two more runs. With a 6-0 lead, Boice allowed a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, but the offense responded with two in the top of the seventh to make it 8-2. Matt Socola (Haverling H.S./Bath) came in and worked a perfect seventh to seal the win.

Boice finished with six innings of work to improve to 3-1 on the year, striking out nine while allowing just three hits. Offensively, eight different Panthers scored a run and nine different recorded a hit. Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) had the lone extra-base hit, a double to lead off the game.

Game two took a different path to the same result- a Panther win. Corning scored five runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-3 lead. After each team scored once in the third, the lead stood at 6-4. From the fourth inning on, Tompkins Cortland pitchers allowed just one hit, giving the offense time to come back.

A single run in the fifth made it a one-run game, and when Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) drilled a two-run homer in the sixth, the Panthers were back in front. Another run in the sixth made the lead 8-6, and closer Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) came on for a two-inning save, striking out three and working around a walk and error in the seventh to seal the win.

Starting pitcher Jesse Tillotson (Spencer-Van Etten H.S./Van Etten) tossed four innings, allowing just one earned run. Socola worked the fifth inning, earning his first win of the year.

Eight different Panthers had at least one hit, with Scarselletta, Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus), and Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron Conn.) each collecting two.

The Panthers and Red Barons are scheduled to play a doubleheader Thursday in Dryden.


Panthers Open West Division Play with Sweep of Corning

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team finally got back on the diamond Tuesday, opening West Division play at Corning Community College. Playing for the first time in 11 days, the Panthers used a balanced attack in both games to sweep the Red Barons, 8-2 and 8-6. The Panthers are now 9-6 and 2-0 in the West Division. The sweep marks the first time since 2011 that the Panthers have opened West Division play with a pair of wins. Corning is 6-8 overall and 2-4 in the division.

Despite the long layoff since their last game, the Panthers looked sharp early. In the top of the first, Tompkins Cortland scored three times on just two hits, taking advantage of a walk and two hit batters. The lead grew with run in the second, giving starting pitcher Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) a 4-0 cushion to work with. The sophomore tossed five scoreless innings before running into a little trouble in the sixth, but by that time the Panthers had tacked on two more runs. With a 6-0 lead, Boice allowed a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, but the offense responded with two in the top of the seventh to make it 8-2. Matt Socola (Haverling H.S./Bath) came in and worked a perfect seventh to seal the win.

Boice finished with six innings of work to improve to 3-1 on the year, striking out nine while allowing just three hits. Offensively, eight different Panthers scored a run and nine different recorded a hit. Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) had the lone extra-base hit, a double to lead off the game.

Game two took a different path to the same result- a Panther win. Corning scored five runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-3 lead. After each team scored once in the third, the lead stood at 6-4. From the fourth inning on, Tompkins Cortland pitchers allowed just one hit, giving the offense time to come back.

A single run in the fifth made it a one-run game, and when Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) drilled a two-run homer in the sixth, the Panthers were back in front. Another run in the sixth made the lead 8-6, and closer Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) came on for a two-inning save, striking out three and working around a walk and error in the seventh to seal the win.

Starting pitcher Jesse Tillotson (Spencer-Van Etten H.S./Van Etten) tossed four innings, allowing just one earned run. Socola worked the fifth inning, earning his first win of the year.

Eight different Panthers had at least one hit, with Scarselletta, Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus), and Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron Conn.) each collecting two.

The Panthers and Red Barons are scheduled to play a doubleheader Thursday in Dryden.


Canceled

Saturday, April 09, 2016

The game with Ithaca College JV, scheduled for Saturday, April 9, has been canceled due to snow. The Panthers hope to get back on the field Tuesday with a home doubleheader vs. Corning.


PPD to 5/8

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The home baseball games schedule for Thursday, April 7 vs. Genesee Community College have been canceled due to the weather conditions. The doubleheader has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 8 at 1 p.m.


PPD to 5/7

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

The home baseball games schedule for Tuesday, April 5 vs. Genesee Community College have been canceled due to the weather conditions. The doubleheader has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m.


Panthers Blank the Bombers, 10-0

Friday, April 01, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

A gem from freshman pitcher Jesse Tillotson (Spencer-Van Etten H.S./Van Etten) helped the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team to a 10-0 win over the Ithaca College JV Friday. The win improves the Panthers record on the season to 7-6.

Tillotson was in control from the first inning, when he retired the side on just five pitches. He set down the first eight batters he faced, and only allowed two runners to reach third base during his eight innings of work. He allowed four hits and three walks while earning the first win of his collegiate career.

Offensively, the Panthers scored a run in the first and then added to the lead with runs in the third, fifth, seventh, and eight innings. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) had a solid line of 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two stolen bases, and one RBI. Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) drove in four runs on a pair of doubles and Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Panthers and Bombers are scheduled to play a doubleheader Sunday in Ithaca before Tompkins Cortland returns to Dryden to open Region III West Division play at home on Tuesday, April 5 against Genesee Community College.


Van Allen Hits for Cycle as Panthers Come Back from 12-1 Deficit to Win

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The 2016 Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball Spring Break trip came to an end exciting finish Friday as the Panthers rallied from a 12-1 deficit to win the opener against Queensborough Community College 16-15. The Panthers dropped the nightcap 14-3 to finish the trip 4-4 and move to 6-6 overall on the year.

In the opener, Queensborough jumped out to a 12-1 lead before the Panthers rallied with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Two innings later the score stood at 15-8 heading into the bottom of the sixth when the Panthers broke out the bats. Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) led off the inning with a home run and before the third out was recorded, he added a two-run triple as Tompkins Cortland rallied for eight runs to take the lead. Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) worked a scoreless seventh to seal the comeback win.

His huge sixth inning was part of an historic game for Van Allen. The freshman went 4-for-4 and hit for the cycle with a single, double, triple, and home run. His four hits in one game tied a school record and he is believed to be the first Panther to ever hit for the cycle. Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) hit 3-for-4 and Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. Seven different Panthers recorded hits and 10 different scored at least one run.

The momentum from the big rally in game one ended early in game two, as the Panthers scored twice in the first inning but managed just one more run the rest of the way. Queensborough scored in six of the seven innings, putting the game away with a six-run sixth inning.

Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) went 2-for-2 at the plate and Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) went 2-for-3 to provide the highlights for the Panthers.

The Panthers now return to Dryden to get ready for the Region III West Division opener on Tuesday, April 5 against Genesee Community College.


Van Allen Hits for Cycle as Panthers Come Back from 12-1 Deficit to Win

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The 2016 Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball Spring Break trip came to an end exciting finish Friday as the Panthers rallied from a 12-1 deficit to win the opener against Queensborough Community College 16-15. The Panthers dropped the nightcap 14-3 to finish the trip 4-4 and move to 6-6 overall on the year.

In the opener, Queensborough jumped out to a 12-1 lead before the Panthers rallied with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Two innings later the score stood at 15-8 heading into the bottom of the sixth when the Panthers broke out the bats. Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) led off the inning with a home run and before the third out was recorded, he added a two-run triple as Tompkins Cortland rallied for eight runs to take the lead. Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) worked a scoreless seventh to seal the comeback win.

His huge sixth inning was part of an historic game for Van Allen. The freshman went 4-for-4 and hit for the cycle with a single, double, triple, and home run. His four hits in one game tied a school record and he is believed to be the first Panther to ever hit for the cycle. Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) hit 3-for-4 and Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. Seven different Panthers recorded hits and 10 different scored at least one run.

The momentum from the big rally in game one ended early in game two, as the Panthers scored twice in the first inning but managed just one more run the rest of the way. Queensborough scored in six of the seven innings, putting the game away with a six-run sixth inning.

Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) went 2-for-2 at the plate and Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) went 2-for-3 to provide the highlights for the Panthers.

The Panthers now return to Dryden to get ready for the Region III West Division opener on Tuesday, April 5 against Genesee Community College.


Panthers Earn Split with Division I Opponent

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team earned a doubleheader split against a very strong opponent Thursday. Taking on Globe Institute of Technology, a Division I program in New York City that entered the day with a record of 11-0, the Panthers won the opener 10-2 before dropping the nightcap 6-2. Tompkins Cortland’s record now stands at 5-5 this season.

Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) earned the complete game win, allowing just four hits while striking out eight. After giving up a first inning single, Boice kept Globe hitless over the next three innings, giving his teammates a chance to give him plenty of offensive support.

The support started with the first batter, as Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) lead off the bottom of the first with a home run to make it 1-0. A four-run third inning was followed by a three-run fourth put the Panthers up 8-0 heading into the fourth. Globe managed an unearned run in the top of the fifth, but the Panthers responded with two in the bottom. A single Globe run in the sixth ended the scoring as Tompkins Cortland won its third straight game.

Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) also drove in two runs while going 1-for-3 with a double. Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) was on base each time he went to the plate, going 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored.

The second game started much the same as the first, with the Panthers taking an early lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. This time Globe wasted no time responding, plating three runs in the second and two more in the third. Offensively Tompkins Cortland put runners in scoring position in the second and third innings, and again in the seventh, but couldn’t cross the plate again.

Van Allen went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Ferrezza and Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.) each had a double. Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) took the loss on the mound, throwing six innings and allowing five earned runs while striking out five. Mickey Beach (Newfield H.S./Newfield) pitched a perfect seventh inning in relief.

The Panthers conclude the Spring Break trip Friday with a doubleheader against Queensborough Community College.

Panthers Earn Split with Division I Opponent

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team earned a doubleheader split against a very strong opponent Thursday. Taking on Globe Institute of Technology, a Division I program in New York City that entered the day with a record of 11-0, the Panthers won the opener 10-2 before dropping the nightcap 6-2. Tompkins Cortland’s record now stands at 5-5 this season.

Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) earned the complete game win, allowing just four hits while striking out eight. After giving up a first inning single, Boice kept Globe hitless over the next three innings, giving his teammates a chance to give him plenty of offensive support.

The support started with the first batter, as Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) lead off the bottom of the first with a home run to make it 1-0. A four-run third inning was followed by a three-run fourth put the Panthers up 8-0 heading into the fourth. Globe managed an unearned run in the top of the fifth, but the Panthers responded with two in the bottom. A single Globe run in the sixth ended the scoring as Tompkins Cortland won its third straight game.

Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus) went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) also drove in two runs while going 1-for-3 with a double. Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) was on base each time he went to the plate, going 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs scored.

The second game started much the same as the first, with the Panthers taking an early lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. This time Globe wasted no time responding, plating three runs in the second and two more in the third. Offensively Tompkins Cortland put runners in scoring position in the second and third innings, and again in the seventh, but couldn’t cross the plate again.

Van Allen went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Ferrezza and Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.) each had a double. Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) took the loss on the mound, throwing six innings and allowing five earned runs while striking out five. Mickey Beach (Newfield H.S./Newfield) pitched a perfect seventh inning in relief.

The Panthers conclude the Spring Break trip Friday with a doubleheader against Queensborough Community College.

Walk-Off Sparks DH Sweep for Panthers

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

Day two of the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball Spring Break trip brought a pair of wins for the Panthers. Taking on the Borough of Manhattan Community College at Baseball Heaven on Long Island, Tompkins Cortland worked extra innings to win the first game 6-5 before taking game two 9-4. The wins even Tompkins Cortland’s record at 4-4 on the year.

The opening game had plenty of drama, capped by a walk-off win in extra innings. Early leads of 3-0 and 4-1 evaporated, leaving a 5-4 deficit heading into the bottom of the seventh. With the team down to its final two outs, Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) ripped a double and came in to score on a single by Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus), tying the game at 5-5 and sending it to extra innings.

In the eighth, Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) set Manhattan down in order in the top of the frame. In the bottom of the inning, Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and then moved to third on a double by Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.). Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn), who had entered the game as a pinch-hitter two innings before, promptly laced the first pitch of the at bat into the outfield to drive in Schulte and win the game for the Panthers.

DeAngelis earned the win in relief, but starting pitcher Jesse Tillotson (Spencer-Van Etten H.S./Spencer) had a strong showing despite earning no decision. He tossed five innings, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out five. Van Allen was the star at the plate, driving in three runs. Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) drove in two with a first-inning double.

In game two it took a few innings for the offense to get going. While the Panthers were held to just one hit over the first three innings, Manhattan plated a pair of runs in the third to lead 2-0. Tompkins Cortland got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, with Van Allen hitting his first home run of the season as the team scored twice to tie the game. The tie only lasted until the next inning, as Manhattan plated two more in the top of the fifth to regain the lead at 4-2. In the bottom of fifth, the Panthers exploded for four runs to lead 6-4. Three more runs in the sixth, highlighted by Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) launching his first home run of the season, gave the Panthers the final margin of victory.

Van Allen again had a productive game at the plate, driving in three runs while going 2-for-3. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) also had another big game, going 3-for-4 with a double. Cameron Lueder (Charles O. Dickerson H.S./Trumansburg) earned the win on the mound, tossing five innings and striking out nine.

Thursday finds the Panthers continuing their Spring Break trip by taking on a strong Division I team, Globe Institute.


Walk-Off Sparks DH Sweep for Panthers

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

Day two of the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball Spring Break trip brought a pair of wins for the Panthers. Taking on the Borough of Manhattan Community College at Baseball Heaven on Long Island, Tompkins Cortland worked extra innings to win the first game 6-5 before taking game two 9-4. The wins even Tompkins Cortland’s record at 4-4 on the year.

The opening game had plenty of drama, capped by a walk-off win in extra innings. Early leads of 3-0 and 4-1 evaporated, leaving a 5-4 deficit heading into the bottom of the seventh. With the team down to its final two outs, Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) ripped a double and came in to score on a single by Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus), tying the game at 5-5 and sending it to extra innings.

In the eighth, Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) set Manhattan down in order in the top of the frame. In the bottom of the inning, Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and then moved to third on a double by Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.). Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn), who had entered the game as a pinch-hitter two innings before, promptly laced the first pitch of the at bat into the outfield to drive in Schulte and win the game for the Panthers.

DeAngelis earned the win in relief, but starting pitcher Jesse Tillotson (Spencer-Van Etten H.S./Spencer) had a strong showing despite earning no decision. He tossed five innings, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out five. Van Allen was the star at the plate, driving in three runs. Andrew Babcock (Cortland H.S./Cortland) drove in two with a first-inning double.

In game two it took a few innings for the offense to get going. While the Panthers were held to just one hit over the first three innings, Manhattan plated a pair of runs in the third to lead 2-0. Tompkins Cortland got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, with Van Allen hitting his first home run of the season as the team scored twice to tie the game. The tie only lasted until the next inning, as Manhattan plated two more in the top of the fifth to regain the lead at 4-2. In the bottom of fifth, the Panthers exploded for four runs to lead 6-4. Three more runs in the sixth, highlighted by Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) launching his first home run of the season, gave the Panthers the final margin of victory.

Van Allen again had a productive game at the plate, driving in three runs while going 2-for-3. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) also had another big game, going 3-for-4 with a double. Cameron Lueder (Charles O. Dickerson H.S./Trumansburg) earned the win on the mound, tossing five innings and striking out nine.

Thursday finds the Panthers continuing their Spring Break trip by taking on a strong Division I team, Globe Institute.


Panthers Open Spring Break Trip

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team opened its Spring Break trip Tuesday with a doubleheader against Bronx Community College. Playing at the Baseball Heaven facility on Long Island, the Panthers dropped both games, losing 11-4 and 5-4. Tompkins Cortland is now 2-4 on the year.

In the opener, Bronx jumped out to an 8-0 lead midway through the fourth inning before the Panthers could muster any offense. Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) provided one of the few bright spots, going 3-for-3 at the plate. Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double.

Game two saw Tompkins Cortland take a 1-0 lead after two innings, and then a 3-1 lead after four. In the top of the fifth, Bronx plated three runs to move ahead, but the Panthers answered with the equalizer in the bottom of the frame. The game-winner came across in the top of the sixth, giving Bronx the sweep.

Laz Morales (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) had a strong game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double. Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) and Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.) each collected two hits in the nightcap.

Next up for the Panthers on their Spring Break trip to Long Island: a Wednesday doubleheader with Borough of Manhattan Community College.


Panthers Open Spring Break Trip

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team opened its Spring Break trip Tuesday with a doubleheader against Bronx Community College. Playing at the Baseball Heaven facility on Long Island, the Panthers dropped both games, losing 11-4 and 5-4. Tompkins Cortland is now 2-4 on the year.

In the opener, Bronx jumped out to an 8-0 lead midway through the fourth inning before the Panthers could muster any offense. Dana Scarselletta (Auburn H.S./Auburn) provided one of the few bright spots, going 3-for-3 at the plate. Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double.

Game two saw Tompkins Cortland take a 1-0 lead after two innings, and then a 3-1 lead after four. In the top of the fifth, Bronx plated three runs to move ahead, but the Panthers answered with the equalizer in the bottom of the frame. The game-winner came across in the top of the sixth, giving Bronx the sweep.

Laz Morales (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) had a strong game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double. Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.) and Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.) each collected two hits in the nightcap.

Next up for the Panthers on their Spring Break trip to Long Island: a Wednesday doubleheader with Borough of Manhattan Community College.


Panthers Sweep Jefferson Behind Strong Pitching and Timely Hitting

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The combination of strong pitching and timely hitting will win plenty of baseball games. Playing at Cornell University’s Hoy Field Saturday, the Tompkins Cortland Community College Panthers rode that formula to a doubleheader sweep of Jefferson Community College, winning 7-4 and 3-1. Tompkins Cortland is now 2-2 on the year. It was the season opener for Jefferson.

In game one, Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) overcame a shaky opening inning to earn the complete game win. He struck out nine, including one with the basses loaded to end the first inning after allowing one unearned run. The Tompkins Cortland bats gave Boice more than enough support in the bottom of the first. Four of the first five Panthers to come to the plate reached and came around to score, with Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) producing the big blow with a two-run triple.

As Boice and his counterpart for Jefferson both settled in, the 4-1 score held until the bottom of the fifth. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) provided the spark, reaching with a single, stealing second and then coming around to score on a two-out RBI single from Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus). The Panthers tacked on two more runs in the sixth, thanks to a double from Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw), a balk, and singles from Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) and Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.).

The 7-1 lead shrank to 7-4 in the seventh inning, but Boice was able to finish the game by striking out two of the last three batters he faced. The sophomore finished the game with nine strike outs while walking just one. Just two of the four runs allowed were earned.

Ferrezza led the team’s 10-hit attack by going 3-for-4 and scoring two runs. Van Allen finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and Ruffin went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

In game two, Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) made his first collegiate start, and it was a dandy. Over six innings of work, the sophomore who spent last year working out of the bullpen allowed just one unearned run while striking out five. He set down the first seven hitter he faced and didn’t let a run cross the plate until the sixth inning. By that time the Panthers had scored three times, including twice on clutch two-out hits.

The offense put runners in scoring position in each of the first five innings. In the first, Ruffin led off the game with a single and stole second. Two outs later Van Allen came through with the clutch single to drive in Ruffin and give the Panthers the early lead. In the third, Ruffin again started the rally, reaching with a walk and stealing second base. He moved to third and then scored on consecutive singles from Ferrezza and Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.), making the score 2-0 after three innings.

In the fourth, after the first two Panthers were retired, Laz Morales (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) singled to start a two-out rally. Joel Potter (Dryden H.S./Dryden) followed with a single and Ruffin followed with a single to score Morales and make the score 3-0.

After Jefferson broke through with a single run in the sixth, closer Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) came in to work the seventh, working around a single and a walk to earn the save, striking out the final batter to seal the win.

Ruffin, Van Allen, and Morales each had two hits as part of the nine-hit attack. Ruffin also scored twice and stole two bases from the leadoff spot.

The wins send the Panthers into Spring Break with momentum. The team will spend the break with a trip to Long Island, playing eight games over four days, starting Tuesday with a doubleheader against Bronx Community College.


Panthers Sweep Jefferson Behind Strong Pitching and Timely Hitting

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The combination of strong pitching and timely hitting will win plenty of baseball games. Playing at Cornell University’s Hoy Field Saturday, the Tompkins Cortland Community College Panthers rode that formula to a doubleheader sweep of Jefferson Community College, winning 7-4 and 3-1. Tompkins Cortland is now 2-2 on the year. It was the season opener for Jefferson.

In game one, Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) overcame a shaky opening inning to earn the complete game win. He struck out nine, including one with the basses loaded to end the first inning after allowing one unearned run. The Tompkins Cortland bats gave Boice more than enough support in the bottom of the first. Four of the first five Panthers to come to the plate reached and came around to score, with Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) producing the big blow with a two-run triple.

As Boice and his counterpart for Jefferson both settled in, the 4-1 score held until the bottom of the fifth. Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip) provided the spark, reaching with a single, stealing second and then coming around to score on a two-out RBI single from Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus). The Panthers tacked on two more runs in the sixth, thanks to a double from Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw), a balk, and singles from Zach Schulte (Frank W. Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) and Kavon Ruffin (Bullard Havens Tech/Bridgeport, Conn.).

The 7-1 lead shrank to 7-4 in the seventh inning, but Boice was able to finish the game by striking out two of the last three batters he faced. The sophomore finished the game with nine strike outs while walking just one. Just two of the four runs allowed were earned.

Ferrezza led the team’s 10-hit attack by going 3-for-4 and scoring two runs. Van Allen finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and Ruffin went 2-for-4 with one RBI.

In game two, Aaron Wintermute (Tully H.S./Tully) made his first collegiate start, and it was a dandy. Over six innings of work, the sophomore who spent last year working out of the bullpen allowed just one unearned run while striking out five. He set down the first seven hitter he faced and didn’t let a run cross the plate until the sixth inning. By that time the Panthers had scored three times, including twice on clutch two-out hits.

The offense put runners in scoring position in each of the first five innings. In the first, Ruffin led off the game with a single and stole second. Two outs later Van Allen came through with the clutch single to drive in Ruffin and give the Panthers the early lead. In the third, Ruffin again started the rally, reaching with a walk and stealing second base. He moved to third and then scored on consecutive singles from Ferrezza and Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.), making the score 2-0 after three innings.

In the fourth, after the first two Panthers were retired, Laz Morales (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) singled to start a two-out rally. Joel Potter (Dryden H.S./Dryden) followed with a single and Ruffin followed with a single to score Morales and make the score 3-0.

After Jefferson broke through with a single run in the sixth, closer Joe DeAngelis (Auburn H.S./Auburn) came in to work the seventh, working around a single and a walk to earn the save, striking out the final batter to seal the win.

Ruffin, Van Allen, and Morales each had two hits as part of the nine-hit attack. Ruffin also scored twice and stole two bases from the leadoff spot.

The wins send the Panthers into Spring Break with momentum. The team will spend the break with a trip to Long Island, playing eight games over four days, starting Tuesday with a doubleheader against Bronx Community College.


Panthers Open Season at #19 Monroe

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team opened the 2016 season with a stiff challenge Sunday: playing a doubleheader at Division II power Monroe Community College. Getting on the field for the first time this year, the Panthers came up on the short end of both games, falling 5-1 and 7-5. Monroe, ranked #19 in the nation among Division II teams, is now 4-2 on the year.

In the opener, Panther pitcher Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) threw the complete game, striking out six while allowing four earned runs. At the plate, five different Panthers recorded a hit, with the lone run coming in the seventh inning when Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.) singled, moved to third on a single by Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) before scoring on a ground out by Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus).

Game two saw the bats come to life, with the Panthers banging out 14 hits. After falling into an early 6-0 hole after two innings, Tompkins Cortland plated two runs in the third on the power of consecutive hits by Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip), Perez, Van Allen, and Christian. Monroe made the score 7-2 with a run in the bottom of the third, but from that point on the Panthers arms held the Tribunes off the scoreboard.

In the sixth, the Panthers scored two runs to make it 7-4 before leaving runners on second and third to end the inning. In the seventh, singles by Van Allen, Christian, and Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw) made the score 7-5 and left the tying runs on base. A passed ball put both runners in scoring position, but for the second straight inning, the Panthers stranded two runners on base, ending the game with a 7-5 final.

Ferrezza and Pickert each went 3-for-4 while Van Allen, Christian, Zach Schulte (Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.), and Laz Moralez (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) each collected two hits.

Next up on the schedule for the Panthers is a Saturday doubleheader against Jefferson Community College, scheduled to be played at Cornell University.


Panthers Open Season at #19 Monroe

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Tompkins Cortland Community College Baseball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team opened the 2016 season with a stiff challenge Sunday: playing a doubleheader at Division II power Monroe Community College. Getting on the field for the first time this year, the Panthers came up on the short end of both games, falling 5-1 and 7-5. Monroe, ranked #19 in the nation among Division II teams, is now 4-2 on the year.

In the opener, Panther pitcher Payten Boice (Homer H.S./Homer) threw the complete game, striking out six while allowing four earned runs. At the plate, five different Panthers recorded a hit, with the lone run coming in the seventh inning when Justin Perez (RHAM/Hebron, Conn.) singled, moved to third on a single by Ty Christian (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Williamstown) before scoring on a ground out by Matt Van Allen (West Genesee H.S./Camillus).

Game two saw the bats come to life, with the Panthers banging out 14 hits. After falling into an early 6-0 hole after two innings, Tompkins Cortland plated two runs in the third on the power of consecutive hits by Anthony Ferrezza (East Islip H.S./East Islip), Perez, Van Allen, and Christian. Monroe made the score 7-2 with a run in the bottom of the third, but from that point on the Panthers arms held the Tribunes off the scoreboard.

In the sixth, the Panthers scored two runs to make it 7-4 before leaving runners on second and third to end the inning. In the seventh, singles by Van Allen, Christian, and Collin Pickert (McGraw H.S./McGraw) made the score 7-5 and left the tying runs on base. A passed ball put both runners in scoring position, but for the second straight inning, the Panthers stranded two runners on base, ending the game with a 7-5 final.

Ferrezza and Pickert each went 3-for-4 while Van Allen, Christian, Zach Schulte (Cox H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.), and Laz Moralez (Green Run H.S./Virginia Beach, Va.) each collected two hits.

Next up on the schedule for the Panthers is a Saturday doubleheader against Jefferson Community College, scheduled to be played at Cornell University.


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2016 Men's Baseball Schedule
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Opponent/Location
Results
Sun 03/13
Monroe CC
Rochester
Sun 03/13
Monroe CC
Rochester
Sat 03/19
Jefferson CC
Cornell University
Sat 03/19
Jefferson CC
Cornell University
Tue 03/22
Bronx CC
Baseball Heaven, Yaphank
Tue 03/22
Bronx CC
Baseball Heaven, Yaphank
Wed 03/23
Borough of Manhattan CC
Baseball Heaven, Yaphank
Wed 03/23
Borough of Manhattan CC
Baseball Heaven, Yaphank
Thu 03/24
Globe Institute
Baseball Heaven, Yaphank
Thu 03/24
Globe Institute
Baseball Heaven, Yaphank
Fri 03/25
Queensborough CC
Baseball Heaven, Yaphank
Fri 03/25
Queensborough CC
Baseball Heaven, Yaphank
Fri 04/01
Ithaca College JV
Ithaca
Sun 04/03
Canceled
Ithaca College JV
Ithaca
Tue 04/05
PPD
Genesee CC
Home
Thu 04/07
PPD
Genesee CC
Batavia
Sat 04/09
Canceled
Ithaca College JV
Cornell University
Tue 04/12
Corning CC
Corning
Tue 04/12
Corning CC
Corning
Thu 04/14
Corning CC
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Thu 04/14
Corning CC
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Sat 04/16
Niagara County CC
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Sat 04/16
Niagara County CC
Home
Sun 04/17
Niagara County CC
Sanborn
Sun 04/17
Niagara County CC
Sanborn
Tue 04/19
Jamestown CC
Jamestown
Tue 04/19
Jamestown CC
Jamestown
Thu 04/21
Jamestown CC
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Thu 04/21
Jamestown CC
Home
Sat 04/23
Onondaga CC
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Sat 04/23
Onondaga CC
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Sun 04/24
Onondaga CC
Syracuse
Sun 04/24
Onondaga CC
Syracuse
Wed 04/27
SUNY Broome
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Wed 04/27
SUNY Broome
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Thu 04/28
SUNY Broome
Binghamton
Thu 04/28
SUNY Broome
Binghamton
Sat 04/30
Erie CC
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Sat 04/30
Erie CC
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Sun 05/01
PPD
Erie CC
Buffalo
Tue 05/03
Finger Lakes CC
Canandaigua
Tue 05/03
Finger Lakes CC
Canandaigua
Thu 05/05
PPD
Finger Lakes CC
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Sat 05/07
Genesee CC
Home
Sat 05/07
Genesee CC
Home
Sun 05/08
Genesee CC
Batavia
Sun 05/08
Genesee CC
Batavia
Tue 05/10
Finger Lakes CC
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Tue 05/10
Finger Lakes CC
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Thu 05/12
Canceled
Erie CC
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