While the Herkimer County Community College Generals are itching to get the northern portion of their 2013 season going, they have also begun preparations for the 2014 season.
Overnight snow Monday into Tuesday forced the Generals (1-8) to postpone a doubleheader against Onondaga Community College. They are next scheduled to play — weather-permitted — Saturday at home against Hudson Valley Community College. The Generals and Vikings will also play two games Sunday in Troy, giving Herkimer four games in two days after a 14-day layoff.
Prior to their annual southern trip over spring break, the Generals announced the signings of 12 recruits who will arrive on campus in the fall. Among those recruits is Lucas Godlewski, a right-handed pitcher preparing to start his senior season at nearby Little Falls High School.
Joining Godlewski in the recruiting class is another 6-foot-4 upstate right-hander, Mike Harrington from Section II Glens Falls High School.
“Both these student-athletes have strong fastballs in the mid-80s now,” said Generals coach Jason Rathbun who, like Godlewski, pitched at Little Falls High School, “and we only see growth and lots of potential in their future.”
The rest of the group that has signed national letters of intent is more geographically diverse. Three players are coming from Japan — pitcher and infielder Shinnosuke Takahashi, pitcher Kohei Otsuka and outfielder Taishi Terashima — while others are on the way from Section IV Hancock (shortstop Tyler Phillips), Utica (Proctor pitcher John Napoli), Syracuse (Cicero-North Syracuse pitcher Will Apps), New York Mills (J.T. Ross) and Section II’s Niskayuna (infielder Tom Carrigan), Colonie (outfielder Eric Downey) and Mechanicville (infielder Ryan Losavio).
“I am very excited about the talent level in all these recruits,” Rathbun said. “I think we have some good student-athletes that will fit well with the returning players we have to build a successful team for next year. We have some more holes to fill in our recruiting, but we are happy with the start of this recruiting class. We are glad these students can take comfort in the fact that they have a home for next year and can go out and have a strong senior season for their high schools.”
The Generals’ lone win so far this season came March 19 at Division I Florence-Darlington Technical College. Herkimer was a 5-4 winner in the first game of a doubleheader in Florence, S.C. Shortstop Brent Baker, a Fulton-Montgomery Community College transfer from Fort Plain, drove in the first Herkimer run after the Generals had fallen behind 1-0. Trailing 4-2 in the sixth inning, the Generals got a run-scoring hit from Ryan Watson and two-run, go-ahead single from Gerald Milanes-Iglesias who had driven in another run earlier in the game.
The Herkimer losses included two at third-ranked Gloucester Community College, one to Florence-Darlington, two at Division II Southeastern Community College-Whiteville, a doubleheader against Suffolk County Community College and one against Brunswick Community College, the 13th-ranked Division II team.
Page 2 of 2 - Watson batted .409 on the trip. Chris Burns hit .286 with two doubles, two home runs, and 10 runs batted in. Reliever Denis Lyman struck out 12 batters in 5 2/3 innings.
Compiled From Times Staff Reports