JCC Records Split With Finger Lakes

Jamestown Community College split an NJCAA Region 3 Division III doubleheader with Finger Lakes CC at Diethrick Park on Tuesday afternoon.

The Jayhawks (6-13, 5-3) benefited from a clutch single in the bottom of the ninth by Conner Borowski to take the first game, 4-3, but were defeated in the nightcap, 12-5.

JCC held a 3-0 advantage heading into the seventh inning thanks to the solid pitching of Lyle Howard, who hurled 7 innings, fanned three and scattered seven hits. But an error late in game allowed the Finger Lakes to score three runs (just one of which was earned) to tie it and send the contest into extra innings.

The score remained knotted at three until the bottom of the ninth when Elio Gonzalez led off the frame with a double and then moved to third following a bunt single by Dylan Caldwell. Then the came Borowski heroics as the sophomore smacked a single to left to plate the winning run.

Christian VanNote picked up the victory after going 2 innings with four strikeouts.

Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles while Borowski, in addition to his game-winner, hit a triple in the victory.

Jake Harford took the hard-luck loss after lasting just three innings and allowing eight runs – only three of which were earned.

Capitalizing on the errors, the Finger Lakes scored in every inning, including a four-run output in the seventh that put the game completely from reach.

The Jayhawks’ biggest inning came in the fifth when Gonzalez connected on his first home run of the season – a three-run shot – as part of a four-run frame.

Gonzalez would finish the game with two hits in three at-bats, a run scored and four RBIs while teammate Jose Hernandez chipped in with a pair of singles, a run scored and one RBI.

Despite the loss, Jamestown won’t have to wait long for redemption. The Jayhawks will travel to Finger Lakes on Thursday for another doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.