|HCC shortstop Dency Marcial takes a lead off 2nd base following one of his two doubles on the afternoon, both driving in runs.|
HCC Plates Eight Runs in Final Innings, Improves Regional Record
HOLYOKE, MA - The Cougars (11-15) of Holyoke Community defeated the Bulldogs (7-10) of Bunker Hill Community 10-3 at home Wednesday afternoon in a Region XXI divisional game. Sophomore lefty Bobby Foley (Springfield) started the game, allowing three earned runs over six innings in a no-decision while freshman righty Zack Florek (Westfield) pitched the 7th, 8th and 9th innings, holding the Bulldogs scoreless over that stretch, en route to his 2nd win.
HCC avoided a potential big 1st inning from Bunker Hill when freshman Clayton Beaulieu (Chicopee) laid out for a diving catch in left field with a runner on first and only one out. The Cougars would leave the bases loaded in the bottom half of the inning, one of two occasions on the afternoon (5th inning).
In the top of the 7th (3-2 Bunker Hill), a Bulldog batter lined out to right field while the runner on 2nd left the bag early in an effort to tag up. HCC 3rd base coach Mark Monroe made a heads up play, noticing the Bunker Hill mistake and urged his infield to throw to 2nd and appeal, resulting in an inning ending double play.
The Cougars carried that momentum into the bottom half of the 7th inning. On a groundball to short, the Bulldogs elected to throw to 3rd in an effort to throw out the lead runner but sophomore Karl Kapinos (South Hadley) slid in safely, resulting in HCC runners on the corners with one out. Kapinos would score the tying run on a wild pitch (3-3). Later in the inning, Head Coach Terry Murphy called upon freshman DJ Black (W. Springfield) to pinch hit with a runner on 3rd. Black lined a single into center, driving in the go ahead run (4-3).
Holyoke would score two more runs in the 7th and plate four runs in the 8th, tagging the Bunker Hill reliever for eight runs in the final two innings.
HCC belted 14 hits to Bunker Hill's eight while the two teams combined to use four pitchers.
The Cougars improve to 6-2 against divisional opponents with four more games scheduled against Region XXI Division III this season.
HCC travels to the Community College of Rhode Island today for a 4 p.m. game against the Knights. The Cougars defeated the Knights 18-8 in seven innings on April 6 at home.