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  • COLLEGE SOFTBALL: HCCC rallies, extends win streak to 10 games

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  • HERKIMER, N.Y. — A thrilling come-from-behind victory completed a sweep of Thursday’s doubleheader and stretched Herkimer County Community College’s winning streak to 10 games.
    The Generals, 16-5 winners over Columbia-Greene Community College’s Twins in the first game at Herkimer High School, scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and walked off with a 5-4 win in the second.
    Columbia-Greene took a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh when Ashley Cahenzli lined an 0-2 pitch from Alyssa LaLonde over the center field fence for her second two-run home run of the game. Cahenzli, who also doubled, had tied the game with a similar home run following an error with two outs in the top of the third inning.
    Down to their final at-bat and scoreless since the first inning, the Generals (17-5) started the winning rally with an infield hit by pinch-hitter Sarah Heimbach with one out. Alexis Capasso singled under the third baseman’s glove and Delaney Buckley drew a walk to load the bases.
    The sixth inning had ended with the Generals lining into a double play — pinch-runner Karintha Myslivecek was doubled off second base when Tina Karaqi’s drive to center field was caught — and the seventh almost had the same ending. Caitlin Sanders lined out to second baseman Jacquelyn Pooters, and Capasso dove back to the bag before Pooters’ glove got there for what would have been a game-ending force out.
    Gina Grant drew a walk to force in a run and an error on Brittany Ormond’s grounder allowed the tying run to come home. Sammy Smaldone then stepped to the plate and lined the first pitch she saw just inside the left field line for the game-winning hit, allowing pinch-runner Ashley Sterritt to trot home from third base.
    Heimbach and Karaqi each went 4-for-4 in the first game and drove in four runs for the Generals. Rebekah Kitchen, Ormond and Smaldone each had two hits, including a home run; Ormond had three runs batted in while Kitchen and Smaldone each had two. Smaldone and Ormond homered back-to-back in the fourth inning.
    Tina Secreti won the first game, striking out seven Twins while allowing six hits and four walks. LaLonde allowed 10 hits in the second game.
    Herkimer plays at home again Saturday afternoon against Tompkins-Cortland Community College. The first game starts at noon.
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