Panthers Top Genesee in Playoff Opening Round
Dryden—The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team opened the NJCAA Region III playoffs Wednesday with a 7-2 win over Genesee Community College. TC3 is now 31-3 overall and 21-1 against Region III teams while Genesee ends its season 14-22 overall and 13-14 in region. The Panthers move on to host the Region III-B championship series Friday against Monroe Community College. Monroe advanced to the championship with a 3-2 win over Columbia-Greene Community College.
TC3 used a familiar formula to get past Genesee: strong pitching and timely hitting. Emilie Rogers (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) sparkled on the mound, taking a no hitter into the sixth inning. She faced just one batter over the minimum in six shutout innings of work, striking out seven along the way.
The offense started in the second inning. With two outs and Mackenzie Sherlock (Paul V. Moore H.S./Central Square) on first via a walk, Katie Huston (Chenango Valley H.S./Binghamton) singled to put runners at first and second. Chelsea Houtenbrink (Waterloo H.S./Waterloo) followed with a drive over the right fielder, scoring both Sherlock and Huston. After two Genesee errors on the play, Houtenbrink ended up scoring to give TC3 a 3-0 lead.
In the third inning, Tayler Fravel (Sandy Creek H.S./Sandy Creek) opened with a double, starting another rally and moving her into a tie for the TC3 career hits record. A hit batter and another Genesee error produced a TC3 run, and a Karrie Snyder (Newfield H.S./Newfield) single drove in two more to make it 6-0. The final run for the home team came in the fifth, when Sherlock led off the inning with her TC3-record 10th home run of the year, making the score 7-0. Genesee got on the board in the seventh, combining two hits and two walks to plate a pair of runs.
Huston led the offense by going 3-for-3 while Houtenbrink and Emily Woodin (Candor H.S./Candor) each went 2-for-3.