April 20, 2014

CCC baseball earns split at HVCC

TROY — For the second time in three days, the Clinton Community College baseball team earned a two-game split with Hudson Valley Community College.

The Cougars (2-9) took the opener, 2-1, before falling to the Vikings (12-10) in the second of two games at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium Saturday, 7-3.

In Clinton’s one-run win, former Saranac standout Austin Medeiros pitched a gem on the mound. Medeiros tossed a complete-game effort, surrendering one run on two hits, while striking out four and walking three.

“Austin pitched great,” Cougars coach Tom Neale said. “He pitched out of a bases-loaded jam with one out in the fourth inning. He struck out two batters in a row.

“In the top of the seventh, they got guys on second and third after a sacrifice bunt. Austin induced a pop up, and then got the batter to ground to short for the final out.”

Adam Goldfarb and Turner Ede recorded each of Clinton’s two hits. Ede slugged one of two extra-base hits in the ballgame, a double.

“Their kid, Zach Steimer, is a good pitcher,” Neale said. “We hit a lot of balls hard. We had some good at-bats, but they were able to make a few double plays. Both pitchers pitched well.

“Hard-hit balls seemed to go right at people. Goldfarb ended up scoring on a single in the first inning, which helped us get the jump. The game-winning run was scored in the fourth when Ede’s double sent home Robert Mejia. We had timely hitting, I guess.”

The Cougars did not commit an error in the ballgame.

“We played great defensively,” Neale said. “Marcus Lefebvre played outstanding at shortstop. He did really well. He made a couple really nice plays.”

As was the case Thursday, Clinton wasn’t able to secure the two-game sweep, falling by four runs in the second game of the doubleheader.

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