Vikings Sweep Doubleheader With Sullivan CC
Fortunately, the baseball doubleheader between Westchester Community College and Sullivan Community College took place on a Saturday, and there were no classes or events in the nearby Knollwood Center, just beyond the right centerfield fence. If there were, Scottie Giordano would have sent participants running for cover. The SUNY Cortland-bound sophomore blasted two enormous home runs, had five RBI’s, drove in three runs, and pitched two fine innings in relief as the Vikings won the second game of the doubleheader, 15-8, after winning the opener, 5-3.
With the wins, Westchester is now 21-9 overall, 13-2 in Region XV play, and have won seven straight games. More importantly, with Rockland Community College being swept by Dutchess CC, Westchester is now in first place in the region with five games to go.
The opener featured WCC pitcher Nick Antenucci continuing his stellar 2018 season on the mound. He pitched a complete game, striking out six, while walking only one. Antenucci only faced trouble during the sixth inning when he allowed three runs via three-run home run. Otherwise, he was sensational, and is now 6-1 this season, and he dropped his ERA to less than 4.5 per game.
Westchester scored three runs during the second inning without benefit of a hit when two Vikings walked. A Steve Messerschmitt sacrifice bunt attempt was promptly thrown into right field by the Sullivan pitcher, allowing two runs to score. After moving to third on a fielder’s choice, Messerschmitt stole home to give WCC a 3-0 lead.
Two innings later, Giordano began his warm-up with a two-RBI double to put the Vikings ahead 5-0. That was more than enough for Antenucci, who was dominant.
The second game saw Westchester compete as the visiting team, but making themselves right at home as the Viking scored their 15 runs during the final four innings of play. Sullivan took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning, but the Vikings scored five times during the frame to pull ahead for good. A Bobby Wootten single was followed by two walks to load the bases, and Messerschmitt came through once again, singling home two runs to make it a 3-2 game. After Messerschmitt was caught stealing, a walk brought up Giordano with two runners on board, and he crushed his first home run of the game, a blast that hit the top of the stadium scoreboard to make it 5-2.
Sullivan scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning via a two-run home run to make it 5-4, but Jose Delacruz extended the lead back to three runs in the top of the fifth inning with a two-run double to make it 7-4.
An inning later, a three-run rally extended the lead even further, beginning with a solo shot by Giordano that sailed dozens of feet beyond the right centerfield fence to make it 9-4. After three walks loaded the basis, CJ Sager singled home two runs to make it 11-4. The lead was extended to as much as 15-4 after a five-run seventh inning for the Vikings. Sullivan scored three runs during the bottom of the seventh inning, two of which were unearned, to make things a litte closer, but Giordano shut the door on the mound for the win.
Giordano went 3 for 5 during the second game, and 4 for 6 for the day with seven total RBI’s. Also for WCC, Paul Franzese had three hits, an RBI, and two runs scored.
Four WCC pitchers combined for the win with Giordano and Max Marienberg combining to allow only one earned run during the final three innings.