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TC3 Student-Athletes Receive National Academic Honors

July 9, 2014

Four Tompkins Cortland Community College student-athletes have been honored with a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student-Athlete Award. Taylor Policay (Lansing H.S./Ithaca), Kyle Shaw (Groton H.S./Groton), Sara Sinnigen (Dryden H.S./Dryden), and Hannah Wildenstein (Dryden H.S./Freeville) were each presented with the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. The award, which was previously known as the NJCAA Academic All-American award, requires a minimum grade point average of 3.6. Only three percent of the nearly 60,000 student-athletes competing in the NJCAA this year received the designation.

Policay was a member of both the women’s basketball and softball teams. She completed her sport management degree in May, graduating with a GPA of 3.76. On the softball diamond she earned all-conference honors after a stellar freshman season that saw her blast nine home runs, including a TC3-record two in one playoff game. Over two seasons at TC3, she started 58 of 59 softball games, leading the team in slugging percentage during that time. On the basketball court she started 17 of 22 games, averaging more than three points and six rebounds per contest.

Shaw golfed for TC3, qualifying for the NJCAA national tournament in both his freshman and sophomore years. He was the team’s top scorer, and completed his academic work in business administration in May, graduating with a GPA of 3.61.

A captain on the women’s soccer team, Sinnigen was a two-time all-conference selection, an NJCAA all-region choice, and an NSCAA All-American for the Panthers. A liberal arts and sciences major, she completed her coursework with a GPA of 3.71.

Wildenstein, the lone first-year student among TC3’s honorees, was also a member of the women’s soccer team. She started 11 games and has a GPA of 3.70 in business administration.

TC3 Represented by Two on All-MSAC Team

June 5, 2014

Two Tompkins Cortland Community College softball players have been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference softball team. Sophomore Angela Everhart (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) and freshman Kailyn Andrews (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) were among the 16 selected to the team. Voting was done by the coaches from the seven conference teams.

Everhart was one of TC3’s top offensive threats all season, leading the team with 25 RBI while batting .412, third best on the squad. She hit three home runs, tied for second most on the team, and had a slugging percentage of .562.

Andrews had TC3’s best on-base percentage at .562 and the second-best batting average at .475. She hit ten doubles and had a slugging percentage of .639, both the second best on the team.

It’s the eighth straight year TC3 has placed at least two players on the all-conference team.

TC3 Eliminated from Playoffs

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

TC3 softball

The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team was eliminated from the NJCAA Region III playoffs Tuesday with an 8-3 loss to Corning Community College. The defeat in the first round of the playoffs ends TC3’s season with an overall record of 13-13. Corning, the region’s top-seed, advances to the Region III-A championship vs. Monroe Community College Friday. The championship series is hosted by TC3, and played at Cornell University.

The game opened with a scoreless first inning, but Corning took advantage of a TC3 error in the second to score two runs and take the early lead. The Panthers answered in the third, with Rebecca Trexler (Altmar-Parish-Williamstown H.S./Parish) opening the frame with a great at bat, working a ten-pitch walk after falling behind 0-2. After fielder’s choice produced an out, singles by Kaitlyn Edsall (Whitney Point H.S./Whitney Point) and Karrie Snyder (Newfield H.S./Newfield) loaded the bases. A pop out produced the second out, but Ruthanne Forehand (Groton H.S./Groton) came through with a big hit, a single that scored two runs to tie the game.

The tie didn’t last long, as the first Corning batter in the bottom of the inning homered to make it 3-2. The Red Barons added three more runs, all unearned after another Panther error, to move ahead 6-2. Both teams threatened but didn’t score in the fourth and fifth, sending the game to the sixth still 6-2.

In the sixth, Trexler again sparked a rally, ripping a double with two-outs. Sara Ford (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) delivered the run, driving in Trexler with a single to cut the deficit to 6-3. But any chance the Panthers had for a rally left when another TC3 error in the bottom of the inning allowed two more unearned runs to score, making the score 8-3. A scoreless seventh made the score hold, ending the TC3 season short of the regional final for the first time since 2008.

Ford led the offense by going 2-for-3, while Snyder and Forehand each went 2-for-4. Ford and Forehand split time on the mound, with each allowing just a single earned run.

Roster–2009 Women's Softball

Joelle Herrick

9-Joelle Herrick

Position:
Year: Freshman
Height: 5-2
High School: Elmira Free Academy
Hometown: Elmira
Major: Liberal Arts and Sciences-General Studies


Team Photo

No. Name Pos. Year Ht. Wt. High School/Hometown
1 Stephanie Miller So. 4-11 Elmira Free Academy/Elmira
3 Danielle O'Rourke So. 5-7 Union-Endicott/Endicott
4 Brianna Sheppard Fr. 5-6 Binghamton/Johnson City
5 Ashley Brown Fr. 5-6 Homer/Cortland
6 Kristin Kinney Fr. 5-3 Oneida/Oneida
7 Brooke Wierzbicki Fr. 5-1 Vestal/Vestal
8 Lauren Dykeman Fr. 5-6 Union-Endicott/Endicott
9 Joelle Herrick Fr. 5-2 Elmira Free Academy/Elmira
10 Ashley Greenough Fr. 5-3 Troy/Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.
11 Megan Beschler Fr. 5-3 Thomas A. Edison/Elmira Heights
13 Megan Kraeger Fr. 5-3 South Lewis/Constableville
14 Colleen Bannon Fr. 5-2 Vestal/Vestal
22 Allyson Kruczkowski Fr. 5-4 Union-Endicott/Endicott
24 Paige Freeman Fr. 5-8 Thomas A. Edison/Elmira Heights

Statistics–Women's Softball

Women's Softball

2014 Season

Overall (13-13)
Region III (11-11)

Statistics

Previous Seasons

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

Records

Team Records

Most Wins (Season)

35 (2012)
35 (2009)
34 (2010)
34 (2011)

Most Consecutive Wins (Season)

19 (2011)
18 (2012)
17 (2010)

Best Winning Percentage (Season)

.875 (2012)
.810 (2011)
.773 (2010)

Most Runs Scored (Game)

28 (vs. SUNY Delhi, 4/13/07)
25 (at Morrisville State, 4/28/04)
25 (vs. Niagara County CC, 1993)

Most Runs Scored (Season)

383 (2012)
289 (2011)
288 (2010)

Best Runs-Per-Game Average

9.6 (2012)
9.1 (1993)
8.9 (1992)

Fewest Runs Allowed Per Game Average (Season)

2.0 (2012)
3.2 (2011)
3.3 (2009)

Biggest Margin of Victory (Game)

23 (at Morrisville State, 4/28/04)
21 (vs. SUNY Delhi, 4/13/07)
19 (at Finger Lakes CC, 4/16/09)
19 (vs. Wells College, 3/25/05)

Most Hits (Game)

26 (vs. SUNY Delhi, 4/13/07)
24 (at Elmira College JV, 4/26/02)
23 (at Finger Lakes CC, 4/16/09)

Most Hits (Season)

468 (2009)
466 (2012)
395 (2011)

Most Doubles (Game)

6 (vs. Niagara County CC, 4/16/12)
6 (at Northampton CC, 3/30/12)
6 (at Jefferson CC, 5/3/07)
6 (at Herkimer County CC, 5/5/06)

Most Doubles (Season)

104 (2012)
64 (2009)
64 (2011)

Most Triples (Game)

2 (over ten times)

Most Triples (Season)

16 (2009)
13 (2010)
12 (2007)

Most Home Runs (Game)

6 (at Corning CC, 4/10/12)
4 (at Broome CC, 4/21/11)
4 (at Onondaga CC, 5/5/07)

Most Home Runs (Season)

36 (2012)
34 (2011)
29 (2010)

Most RBIs (Game)

22 (at Morrisville State, 4/28/04)
22 (vs. SUNY Delhi, 4/13/07)
19 (at Broome CC, 4/21/11)
19 (at Finger Lakes CC, 4/16/09)

Most RBIs (Season)

341 (2012)
260 (2010)
258 (2011)

Most Stolen Bases (Game)

7 (at Niagara County CC, 4/10/09)
7 (vs. Wells College, 3/25/05)
7 (at Finger Lakes CC, 4/16/09)

Most Stolen Bases (Season)

70 (2009)
69 (2010)
53 (2006)

Most Walks (Game)

15 (vs. SUNY Canton, 4/13/03)
14 (vs. Columbus State CC, 3/24/05)
12 (at Niagara County CC, 4/7/13)

Most Walks (Season)

123 (2009)
115 (2008)
114 (2005)

Best ERA - Pitching (Season)

1.43 (2012)
1.88 (2005)
1.99 (2007)

Most Strikeouts - Pitching (Game)

17 (vs. Ridgewater CC, 5/17/12)
15 (at Niagara County CC, 4/10/11)
14 (at Niagara County CC, 4/10/09)
14 (vs. Indiana Tech University JV, 3/20/12)
14 (vs. Broome CC, 4/14/12)

Most Strikeouts - Pitching (Season)

329 (2012)
291 (2011)
268 (2009)

Most Shutouts - Pitching (Season)

15 (2012)
10 (2011)
9 (2008)

Best Fielding Percentage (Season)

.965 (2009)
.953 (2012)
.927 (2002)

Most Assists - Fielding (Season)

415 (2009)
350 (2006)
331 (2005)

Individual Records - Hitting

Highest Batting Average (Season)

.557 Colleen Bannon (2010)
.506 Laura Thomas (2002)
.489 Kristan Baker (2012)

Highest Batting Average (Career)

.474 Brooke Wierzbicki (2009-10)
.437 Colleen Bannon (2009-10)
.431 Tayler Fravel (2011-12)

Highest On-Base Percentage (Season)

.611 Colleen Bannon (2010)
.550 Samijo Scheer (2012)
.547 Laura Thomas (2002)

Highest On-Base Percentage (Career)

.516 Samijo Scheer (2011-12)
.500 Colleen Bannon (2009-10)
.492 Brooke Wierzbicki (2009-10)

Highest Slugging Percentage (Season)

.951 Colleen Bannon (2010)
.885 Kristan Baker (2012)
.835 Laura Thomas (2002)

Highest Slugging Percentage (Career)

.741 Colleen Bannon (2009-10)
.739 Brooke Wierzbicki (2009-10)
.705 Mackenzie Sherlock (2011-12)

Most Hits (Game)

5 Brooke Wierzbicki (at Finger Lakes CC, 4/16/09)
5 Alice Karpel (at SUNY Cobleskill, 4/16/05)
5 Jamie Sage (at Elmira College JV, 4/26/02)
5 Tiffany Horton (vs. SUNY Cobleskill, 4/20/02)

Most Hits (Season)

68 Colleen Bannon (2010)
67 Tayler Fravel (2012)
64 Kristan Baker (2012)

Most Hits (Career)

118 Colleen Bannon (2009-10)
118 Brooke Wierzbicki (2009-10)
83 Rose Dovi (2007-08)

Most Doubles (Game)

3 Colleen Bannon (vs. Jefferson CC, 4/29/10)
3 Erin Armstrong (at Herkimer County CC, 5/5/06)
3 Amber Wallace (vs. Centenary College, 3/26/03)

Most Doubles (Season)

22 Kristan Baker (2012)
15 Bethany Williamson (2007)
14 Brooke Wierzbicki (2009)
14 Brooke Wierzbicki (2010)

Most Doubles (Career)

28 Brooke Wierzbicki (2009-10)
25 Tayler Fravel (2011-12)
24 Samijo Scheer (2011-12)

Most Triples (Game)

2 Colleen Bannon (at Alfred State College, 4/26/09)
2 Jolene Phillips (at Genesee CC, 4/9/04)

Most Triples (Season)

5 Rose Dovi (2007)
5 Colleen Bannon (2009)
5 Vicki Mann (1995)

Most Triples (Career)

9 Colleen Bannon (2009-10)
8 Rose Dovi (2007-08)
7 Brooke Wierzbicki (2009-10)

Most Home Runs (Game)

2 Taylor Policay (at Onondaga CC, 5/4/13)
2 Taylor Policay (vs. Genesee CC, 4/28/13)
2 Mackenzie Sherlock (vs. Broome CC, 4/19/12)
2 Mackenzie Sherlock (at Corning CC, 4/10/12)
2 Samijo Scheer (vs. Calhoun CC (Ala.), 3/22/11)
2 Bethany Williamson (at Onondaga CC, 5/5/07)
2 Rose Dovi (at Onondaga CC, 5/5/07)
2 Tiffany Horton (vs. SUNY Cobleskill, 4/20/02)

Most Home Runs (Season)

10 Mackenzie Sherlock (2012)
10 Kristan Baker (2012)
9 Taylor Policay (2013)
9 Colleen Bannon (2010)

Most Home Runs (Career)

17 Mackenzie Sherlock (2011-12)
15 Colleen Bannon (2009-10)
10 Samijo Scheer (2011-12)
10 Kristan Baker (2012)

Most RBIs (Game)

8 Meghan Orman (vs. SUNY Cobleskill, 4/17/04)
6 Mackenzie Sherlock (at Corning CC, 4/10/12)
6 Samijo Scheer (at Northampton CC, 3/30/12)
6 Brooke Radley (at Broome CC, 4/21/11)
6 Niki Rieman (at Genesee CC, 5/4/08)

Most RBIs (Season)

61 Kristan Baker (2012)
49 Samijo Scheer (2012)
45 Mackenzie Sherlock (2012)

Most RBIs (Career)

79 Samijo Scheer (2011-12)
76 Mackenzie Sherlock (2011-12)
76 Brooke Wierzbicki (2009-10)

Most Runs Scored (Game)

4 Several times (-)

Most Runs Scored (Season)

59 Colleen Bannon (2010)
47 Colleen Bannon (2009)
45 Ashley Snyder (2011)

Most Runs Scored (Career)

106 Colleen Bannon (2009-10)
72 Heather Weber (2005-06)
61 Ashley Morey (2007-08)

Most Stolen Bases (Game)

5 Colleen Bannon (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/20/10)
4 Colleen Bannon (at Corning CC, 4/13/10)
3 Several times (-)

Most Stolen Bases (Season)

40 Colleen Bannon (2010)
23 Ashley Greenough (2009)
17 Tiffany Horton (2002)

Most Stolen Bases (Career)

55 Colleen Bannon (2009-10)
30 Heather Weber (2005-06)
23 Ashley Greenough (2009)

Most Walks (Game)

4 Stacy Skrivan (vs. Columbus State CC, 3/24/05)
3 Amber Harmon (at Niagara County CC, 4/21/07)
3 Casey Ebeling (at Corning CC, 4/19/07)
3 Laura Thomas (vs. SUNY Canton, 4/13/03)
3 Cassidy Rodman (at Elmira College JV, 4/26/02)

Most Walks (Season)

23 Danielle O'Rourke (2009)
20 Samijo Scheer (2011)
20 Colleen Bannon (2010)

Most Walks (Career)

37 Colleen Bannon (2009-10)
36 Danielle O'Rourke (2008-09)
33 Heather Weber (2005-06)

Most Consecutive Games with a Hit

25 Kristan Baker (2012)
21 Jolene Phillips (2005)
19 Rose Dovi (2007)
19 Tayler Fravel (2012)

Individual Records - Pitching

Most Wins (Season)

21 Alice Karpel (2005)
19 Ashley Snyder (2011)
18 Emilie Rogers (2012)

Most Wins (Career)

36 Alice Karpel (2004-05)
28 Niki Rieman (2007-08)
23 Mackenzie Sherlock (2011-12)

Best ERA (Season)

1.28 Alice Karpel (2004)
1.28 Niki Rieman (2008)
1.70 Alice Karpel (2005)

Best ERA (Career)

1.48 Niki Rieman (2007-08)
1.55 Alice Karpel (2004-05)
3.11 Laura Thomas (2002-03)

Most Strikeouts (Game)

17 Emilie Rogers (vs. Ridgewater CC, 4/17/12)
15 Ashley Snyder (at Niagara County CC, 4/10/11)
14 Lauren Dykeman (at Niagara County CC, 4/11/09)
14 Emilie Rogers (vs. Indiana Tech University JV, 3/30/12)

Most Strikeouts (Season)

209 Emilie Rogers (2012)
183 Alice Karpel (2005)
175 Ashley Snyder (2011)

Most Strikeouts (Career)

297 Alice Karpel (2004-05)
219 Niki Rieman (2007-08)
209 Emilie Rogers (2012)

Most Shutouts (Season)

8 Niki Rieman (2008)
6 Mackenzie Sherlock (2012)
6 Emilie Rogers (2012)
6 Ashley Snyder (2011)

Most Shutouts (Career)

12 Niki Rieman (2007-08)
9 Mackenzie Sherlock (2011-12)
6 Emilie Rogers (2012)
6 Alice Karpel (2004-05)
6 Ashley Snyder (2011)

Individual Records - Fielding

Best Fielding Percentage (Season)

1.000 Samijo Scheer (2012)
.995 Lauren Dykeman (2009)
.992 Danielle O'Rourke (2009)

Best Fielding Percentage (Career)

.984 Samijo Scheer (2011-12)
.979 Chelsea Houtenbrink (2011-12)
.968 Katie Birch (2002-03)

Most Assists (Season)

86 Alice Karpel (2005)
85 Amber Wallace (2003)
75 Amanda Christofferson (2006)

Most Assists (Career)

151 Alice Karpel (2004-05)
122 Amber Wallace (2003-04)
114 Ashley Dellefave (2004-05)

Most Put Outs (Season)

269 Tiffany Volkert (2006)
257 Katie Huston (2012)
244 Tiffany Volkert (2005)

Most Put Outs (Career)

513 Tiffany Volkert (2005-06)
452 Danielle O'Rourke (2008-09)
308 Chelsea Houtenbrink (2011-12)

Team Playoff Records

Most Runs Scored (Playoff Game)

14 (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/14/09)
13 (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 5/13/11)
12 (vs. Monroe CC, 5/11/12)

Most Hits (Playoff Game)

18 (vs. College of DuPage, 5/16/09)
18 (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/14/09)
17 (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 5/13/11)

Most Doubles (Playoff Game)

4 (vs. Ridgewater CC, 5/17/12)
4 (vs. College of DuPage, 5/16/09)
3 (vs. Gloucester County College, 5/20/11)
3 (vs. Genesee CC, 5/5/09)
3 (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/14/09)

Most Triples (Playoff Game)

2 (vs. Suffolk County CC, 5/20/10)
2 (vs. Monroe CC, 5/15/09)

Most Home Runs (Playoff Game)

3 (at Onondaga CC, 5/4/13)
3 (vs. Monroe CC, 5/11/12)
2 (vs. Genesee CC, 5/15/10)
2 (at Corning CC, 5/8/09)

Most RBIs (Playoff Game)

13 (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 5/13/11)
12 (vs. Monroe CC, 5/11/12)
11 (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/14/09)

Most Stolen Bases (Playoff Game)

5 (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/20/10)
2 (vs. Itasca CC, 5/17/12)
2 (vs. Gloucester County College, 5/20/11)
2 (vs. Herkimer County CC, 5/11/10)

Most Walks (Playoff Game)

6 (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/20/10)
4 (vs. College of DuPage, 5/16/09)
4 (vs. Westmoreland CC, 5/14/09)

Most Strikeouts - Pitching (Playoff Game)

17 (vs. Ridgewater College, 5/17/12)
13 (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 5/13/11)
12 (vs. Genesee CC, 5/15/10)

Individual Playoff Records

Most Hits (Playoff Game)

3, Several times (-)

Most Doubles (Playoff Game)

3, Kristan Baker (vs. Ridgewater CC, 5/17/12)
2, Brianna Sheppard (vs. Genesee CC, 5/5/09)

Most Triples (Playoff Game)

1, Several times (-)

Most Home Runs (Playoff Game)

2, Taylor Policay (at Onondaga CC, 5/4/13)

Most RBIs (Playoff Game)

4, Chelsea Houtenbrink (vs. Monroe CC, 5/11/12)
4, Samijo Scheer (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 5/13/11)
4, Colleen Bannon (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/14/09)

Most Runs Scored (Playoff Game)

3, Colleen Bannon (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/20/10)
3, Joelle Herrick (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/14/09)
3, Brooke Wierzbicki (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/14/09)

Most Stolen Bases (Playoff Game)

5, Colleen Bannon (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/20/10)

Most Walks (Playoff Game)

3, Samijo Scheer (vs. Ridgewater College, 5/19/11)
2, Janelle Boyd (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/20/10)
2, Brooke Wierzbicki (vs. Brookdale CC, 5/20/10)

Most Strikeouts (Playoff Game)

17, Emilie Rogers (vs. Ridgewater CC, 5/17/12)
13, Mackenzie Sherlock (vs. Hudson Valley CC, 5/13/11)
12, Janelle Boyd (vs. Genesee CC, 5/15/10)

Honors

National Championships
2009

NJCAA Playoff Appearances
2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

All-American Players
12

All-Region Players
30

All-MSAC Players
42

No Hitters
Tiffany Horton, Alice Karpel (2), Niki Rieman, Brittney Wilson, Lauren Dykeman (2), Ashley Snyder (2), Katrina Teeter, Mackenzie Sherlock, Kristan Baker, Emilie Rogers

          

Coaches–Women's Softball

Paige Freeman

Head Coach

Paige FreemanCoach Freeman takes leadership of the TC3 softball program for the 2013-14 academic year. She has been a part of the program since playing on the national championship season in 2009. As a freshman on that team, Freeman hit .384 with seven doubles and 22 RBI. As a sophomore she hit .305 with three homers and 21 RBI, and was named to the Region III All-Tournament team. She joined the coaching staff in 2011, helping guide the Panthers to regional titles and third-place finishes at nationals in both 2011 and 2012. She was promoted to Associate Head Coach for the 2013 season and named the Head Coach for 2014.

Contact: pef@tc3.edu, 607-844-8222, Ext.4409


David Stevenson

Assistant Coach

Dave StevensonTC3’s assistant athletic director and men’s basketball coach, Coach Stevenson served as the head softball coach for 2012-13. For 2013-14 he will remain with the softball program as an assistant, working with Coach Freeman to keep the Panthers among the elite. A former college baseball player, Coach Stevenson brings great knowledge and unparalleled passion for the game, and an unwavering commitment to helping get the best of student-athletes on and off the field.

Contact: dls@TC3.edu, 607-844-8222, Ext.4494


Brooke Radley

Assistant Coach

Brooke RadelyCoach Radley joins the staff for 2014. She played for the Panthers in 2010 and 2011, helping the team to consecutive Region III championships and national tournament appearances. She was named to both the all-conference and all-region teams as a catcher after a sophomore season that saw her hit six home runs and drive in 33. After TC3, she continued her playing career at Oswego State. Over two years, she started 48 games and played in 60, leading the Lakers to back-to-back SUNYAC Tournament appearances for the first time in program history.

Contact: athletics@TC3.edu


Highlights–2009 Women's Softball

Panthers Are National Champions!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Panthers are the NJCAA Division III Softball National Champions. The Panthers won the first team title in the College's history with an 11-8 extra-inning win over the College of DuPage (Ill.) in the tournament final Saturday. TC3 lost to DuPage 12-6 earlier in the day, setting up the winner-takes-all final.
 
After missing out on the first chance to claim the title, the Panthers came out strong in the second game. TC3 exploded for five runs in the top of the first inning, eventually building the lead to 8-0 on a two-run home run by Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott). With the title in sight, the innings couldn't move by fast enough for the Panthers. DuPage broke through, eventually cutting the TC3 lead in half heading into the bottom of the seventh. Trailing 8-4 with three outs left, DuPage rallied for four runs to send the game into extra frames.
 
In the eighth, TC3 loaded the bases for Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.). The freshman lead-off hitter came through, delivering a three-run double to put the Panthers up 11-8. DuPage managed just one base runner in the bottom of the eighth as the Panthers closed out the win.
 
Pitcher Brianne Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) earned her third win of the tournament, tossing a complete game. In addition to the title-clinching win, Sheppard was named the Tournament MVP. Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) earned Best Offensive Player of the Tournament honors. O'Rourke and Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) joined Sheppard and Dykeman on the all-tournament team.
 
TC3 ends the season with a record of 35-12 overall; DuPage ended the season 33-12.


Panthers Stumble Against DuPage

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Playing with a chance to claim the national title, TC3 stumbled against College of DuPage (Ill.), losing 12-6. The loss set up a winner-take-all final.


Panthers Beat Monroe
TC3 Advances to Title Game

Friday, May 15, 2009

A clutch RBI single after an intentional walk with two outs in the bottom of the seventh gave the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team a 5-4 win over Monroe Community College Friday at the NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament in Rochester, Minnesota. The win puts TC3 in Saturday's national championship game. Monroe, the three-time defending national champions, drops to a play-in game against College of DuPage (Ill.) Saturday. TC3 will take on the winner of the play-in game, needing to win once in two games to claim the national title.
 
In the match-up of the last two undefeated teams in the double-elimination tournament, Monroe took the early lead, plating a single run in the first and two more in the second. TC3 loaded the bases in the bottom of the second, but couldn't break through. After Monroe added a run in the top of the third to make it 4-0, TC3 responded in the bottom of the fourth.
 
Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) opened the inning with a triple and came in to score on a bunt by Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal). The Panthers loaded the bases before Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) came through with a two-out, bases-clearing triple to tie the game at 4-4.
 
The score remained knotted until the seventh. TC3 pitcher Brianne Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) worked out a bases loaded jam in the top of the seventh, setting the stage for a dramatic finish.
 
After a strikeout to open the inning, Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) ripped her third hit of the game. Megan Kraeger (South Lewis H.S./Constableville) entered the game to run for Dykeman, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sheppard. With two outs, Monroe intentionally walked Wierzbicki, bringing Joelle Herrick (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) to the plate. The freshman delivered, driving the ball to the left-center field gap to easily score Kraeger and give TC3 the win.
 
Sheppard earned her second win of the tournament, going all seven innings.
 
With the win, TC3 is now 34-11 overall. Monroe falls to 38-10.


Panthers Remain Perfect at Nationals

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team remained perfect after day one of the NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament with a 14-9 win over Brookdale Community College (N.J.). The Panthers, winners over Westmoreland County Community College earlier in the day, ends Thursday's action with a record of 2-0. The eight-team, double-elimination tournament is being held in Rochester, Minnesota.
 
As was the case in the first game, the Panthers scored in bunches against Brookdale. Trailing 2-0 after the first inning, TC3 put four runs on the board in the second. After Brookdale responded and reclaimed the lead in the third, TC3 again scored four runs in the fourth to move in front 8-5. Two Brookdale runs in the bottom of the fourth made it a one run game, but TC3 blew things open in the fifth.
 
The action started with a single by Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott). She was followed by hits from Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights), Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal), and Joelle Herrick (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira), scoring one run and leaving the bases loaded. A sacrifice fly from Ashley Brown (Homer H.S./Cortland) gave TC3 another run, and after a single by Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) the bases were again loaded. They didn't stay loaded long, as Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) promptly cleared them with a grand slam home run, giving the Panthers some breathing room with a 14-7 lead. Two Brookdale runs over the final three innings made the final 14-9.
 
Brianne Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) earned the win in relief, tossing four innings.
 
TC3 now plays Monroe Community College in a match-up of undefeated teams Friday at 4 p.m.
 
With the win, TC3 is now 33-11 overall. Brookdale falls to 35-14.


Panthers Win Opener at Nationals

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team opened play at the NJCAA Division III National Championship Tournament Thursday with a 6-2 win over Westmoreland County Community College. The eight-team, double-elimination tournament is being held in Rochester, Minnesota.
 
The Panthers, making the program's first ever appearance in the national tournament, won the opener with a big inning midway through the game. After falling behind 1-0 in the third, TC3, playing as the home team, plated six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) provided the big blow, pounding a three-run homer as part of her 3-for-4 afternoon. Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) earned the win in the circle, allowing just four hits while striking out seven. She also helped herself at the plate, going 2-for-2. Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) added a pair of hits as part of TC3's nine-hit attack.
 
TC3 advances to take on Brookdale Community College (N.J.) in second round play later Thursday.
 
With the win, TC3 is now 32-11 overall. Westmoreland falls to 22-8.


Panthers Win Regional Title

Saturday, May 09, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team is a regional champion for the first time ever. The Panthers won the final game of the three game championship series Saturday, defeating Corning Community College 7-3. The win gives TC3 the NJCAA Region III -B title and an entry into the eight-team NJCAA national championship. The national tournament starts Thursday in Rochester Minnesota.
 
On Friday, the Panthers lost the opening game to Corning 2-1 before bouncing back with a solid 5-1 win in the second game. On Saturday, the Panthers wasted little time in setting the tone.
 
On the first pitch of the game, freshman Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) laced a double to the left-center field fence. After moving to third on a bunt, she scored the first run of the game on a single by Kristin Kinney (Oneida H.S./Oneida). After Corning answered with a run in the bottom of the first, TC3 continued to swing hot bats in the second.
 
Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) led off the inning with a single and came around on a two-run homer by Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal). The blast gave TC3 a 3-1 lead, a lead the Panthers wouldn't relinquish. Corning came closer with a run in the third, but TC3 put the game out of reach in the fourth.
 
Sheppard again started the rally with a lead-off single, and again scored on a big hit by Wierzbicki, this time a double. Joelle Herrick (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) reached base before Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) drove in a run with a bunt single. Sophomore Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) capped the inning with a two-out, two-run single to give TC3 a 7-2 lead. An incidental Corning run in the last of the seventh made the final 7-3.
 
Beschler earned her second win of the playoffs by allowing just five hits and two earned runs. TC3 pounded out 11 hits as the Panthers closed out the three-game series that saw the visitors outscore Corning 13-6. Wierzbicki led the attack Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a homer, three RBI, and two runs scored. For the series she went 6-for-8 with four RBI. Greenough used a 2-for-4 effort in the final to finish 5-for-11 for the series.
 
With the win, TC3 is now 31-11 overall and 27-5 in Region III.


Panthers Force Decisive Game Three in Regional Championship Series

Friday, May 08, 2009

After dropping the first game of the best of three Region III-B championship series against Corning Community College Friday, the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team needed a win in the second game to keep its season alive. That's exactly what happened as the Panthers bounced back from the 2-1 loss in game one to take the second game 5-1. TC3 and Corning will square off Saturday at noon to determine the regional champion and which team will advance to the national championship tournament in Minnesota.
 
In game one, the Panthers failed to take advantage of several opportunities. The visitors put runners on base in each of the first six innings, stranding seven runners on base, including four in scoring position. Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) led the team with a 3-for-3 effort that included a double and the team's lone RBI. Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) added a 2-for-3 performance as the Panthers couldn't offer enough support for pitcher Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott). The freshman struggled early with strike zone, walking two and hitting a batter in the first when Corning scored both of its runs, but settled down to allow just three hits the rest of the way.
 
After playing from behind the entire first game, the Panthers set the tone early in the second game. Sophomore Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) opened the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the first, giving pitcher Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) a lead. After leaving four runners on base over the next three innings, TC3 opened the game up with a big fifth inning.
 
With one out, Greenough laced a double before Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) lifted a long fly ball just over the fence in right center to give TC3 a 3-0 lead. An out later, Kristin Kinney (Oneida H.S./Oneida) singled and moved to third when the Corning center fielder misplayed a single by Dykeman. Kinney came in to score on a wild pitch giving the Panthers a 4-0 lead. A single run by Corning in the sixth was answered by TC3 in the seventh, as Bannon reached on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch reached third on a throwing error by the catcher and then scored on a sacrifice bunt by Kinney. Beschler capped a perfect seventh with a strikeout to end the game.
 
Beschler earned the win with 10 strikeouts, allowing just four hits in seven innings. Dykeman paced TC3's eight-hit attack by going 3-for-4, the only Panthers to collect more than one hit.
 
With the win, TC3 is now 30-11 overall and 26-5 in Region III.


Panthers Drop Opener of Regional Final Series

Friday, May 08, 2009

After dropping the first game of the best of three Region III-B championship series against Corning Community College Friday, the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team needed a win in the second game to keep its season alive. That's exactly what happened as the Panthers bounced back from the 2-1 loss in game one to take the second game 5-1. TC3 and Corning will square off Saturday at noon to determine the regional champion and which team will advance to the national championship tournament in Minnesota.
 
In game one, the Panthers failed to take advantage of several opportunities. The visitors put runners on base in each of the first six innings, stranding seven runners on base, including four in scoring position. Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) led the team with a 3-for-3 effort that included a double and the team's lone RBI. Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) added a 2-for-3 performance as the Panthers couldn't offer enough support for pitcher Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott). The freshman struggled early with strike zone, walking two and hitting a batter in the first when Corning scored both of its runs, but settled down to allow just three hits the rest of the way.
 
After playing from behind the entire first game, the Panthers set the tone early in the second game. Sophomore Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) opened the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the first, giving pitcher Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) a lead. After leaving four runners on base over the next three innings, TC3 opened the game up with a big fifth inning.
 
With one out, Greenough laced a double before Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) lifted a long fly ball just over the fence in right center to give TC3 a 3-0 lead. An out later, Kristin Kinney (Oneida H.S./Oneida) singled and moved to third when the Corning center fielder misplayed a single by Dykeman. Kinney came in to score on a wild pitch giving the Panthers a 4-0 lead. A single run by Corning in the sixth was answered by TC3 in the seventh, as Bannon reached on an error, moved to second on a wild pitch reached third on a throwing error by the catcher and then scored on a sacrifice bunt by Kinney. Beschler capped a perfect seventh with a strikeout to end the game.
 
Beschler earned the win with 10 strikeouts, allowing just four hits in seven innings. Dykeman paced TC3's eight-hit attack by going 3-for-4, the only Panthers to collect more than one hit.
 
With the win, TC3 is now 30-11 overall and 26-5 in Region III.


Panthers Win Playoff Opener

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Strong pitching and timely hitting from the bottom of the lineup helped the TC3 softball team to a 3-0 win over Genesee Community College in the opening round of the NJCAA Region III playoffs. TC3, the #3 seed, now advances to the Region III-B final series Friday in Corning. The Panthers will take on the #2 Corning Community College in a best of three series starting at noon Friday. The winner of the series will be the Region III-B champion and will advance to the national tournament in Rochester, Minnesota.
 
The game opened with the visitors applying pressure early. TC3 pitcher Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) walked the leadoff hitter, and, after a sacrifice bunt, allowed a single that left runners on first and third with one out. Facing the cleanup hitter, Dykeman stepped up with a strikeout for the second out. The final out came when catcher Ashley Brown (Homer H.S./Cortland) threw out the runner trying to steal second, stranding the leadoff runner at third.
 
After TC3 was set down in order in the bottom of the first, Dykeman again worked around a walk to keep Genesee off the board heading into the bottom of the second. In the TC3 half of the inning, the Panthers took the lead for good.
 
With one out, Dykeman helped her own cause with a hit, starting a string of five straight singles that produced two runs. A double play with the bases loaded ended the inning before the Panthers could do more damage, but the 2-0 lead would prove to be enough as Dykeman allowed just two base runners over the final five innings. TC3 added an insurance run in the fourth when Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) and Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) laced back-to-back doubles to make it 3-0.
 
For the game, Dykeman allowed just two hits while striking out four. Only three balls left the infield as the defense played error-free behind her. Sheppard went 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Wierzbicki finished 2-for-3 with the double and two RBI.
 
The win is the first playoff victory in the history of TC3 softball. The Panthers are now 29-10 overall and 25-4 in Region III this season. Genesee, the #6 seed, ends the year with a record of 19-18 overall and 16-10 in Region III.


Panthers Split with Genesee

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The TC3 softball team saw its 15-game winning streak come to an end Sunday as the Panthers split a doubleheader with Genesee Community College. The visitors took game one 3-2 before TC3 came back to win the nightcap 6-0. TC3 ends the regular season with an overall record of 28-10 and a Region III record of 24-4.
 
Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) was the winner in game two, shutting out the Cougars for her ninth win of the year.


Win Streak Snapped

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The TC3 softball team saw its 15-game winning streak come to an end Sunday as the Panthers split a doubleheader with Genesee Community College. The visitors took game one 3-2 before TC3 came back to win the nightcap 6-0. TC3 ends the regular season with an overall record of 28-10 and a Region III record of 24-4.
 
Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) was the winner in game two, shutting out the Cougars for her ninth win of the year.


Panthers Sweep OCC

Saturday, May 02, 2009

TC3 pitcher Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) earned a pair of wins in the circle Saturday as the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team extended its win streak to 15 games with a doubleheader sweep of Onondaga Community College. The wins, by scores of 10-2 and 7-2, improve TC3's overall record to 27-9 and the Region III mark to 23-3. Onondaga drops to 9-2 and 9-19 in regional play.
 
The home team took control of the first game early, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first. The big hit came from the bat of Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) when she ripped a two-run double. It was the start of a big game for the freshman, as she went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, three runs scored, and two RBI.
 
The Panther attack pounded out 10 hits in the game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) went 2-for-3 with a double, Sheppard doubled to help her cause, and Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) continued her hot play with a triple.
 
The second game saw the Panthers again finish with 10 hits, this time with Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) leading the way with a 3-for-3 performance with a double and two runs scored. Bannon added two hits as 12 different Panthers recoded at least one hit on the day.
 
Sheppard improved her own record to 9-2 with the wins. She allowed just two earned runs on 12 hits in 12 innings of work. She struck out 12 while walking six.
 
TC3 closes out the regular season Sunday at home against Genesee Community College.


Panthers Sweep

Saturday, May 02, 2009

TC3 pitcher Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) earned a pair of wins in the circle Saturday as the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team extended its win streak to 15 games with a doubleheader sweep of Onondaga Community College. The wins, by scores of 10-2 and 7-2, improve TC3's overall record to 27-9 and the Region III mark to 23-3. Onondaga drops to 9-2 and 9-19 in regional play.
 
The home team took control of the first game early, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first. The big hit came from the bat of Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) when she ripped a two-run double. It was the start of a big game for the freshman, as she went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, three runs scored, and two RBI.
 
The Panther attack pounded out 10 hits in the game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) went 2-for-3 with a double, Sheppard doubled to help her cause, and Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) continued her hot play with a triple.
 
The second game saw the Panthers again finish with 10 hits, this time with Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) leading the way with a 3-for-3 performance with a double and two runs scored. Bannon added two hits as 12 different Panthers recoded at least one hit on the day.
 
Sheppard improved her own record to 9-2 with the wins. She allowed just two earned runs on 12 hits in 12 innings of work. She struck out 12 while walking six.
 
TC3 closes out the regular season Sunday at home against Genesee Community College.


Panthers Sweep Jefferson

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Panthers Sweep

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Bannon Powers Panthers to Sweep

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A big day for freshman Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) helped the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team extend its win streak to 11 games Tuesday. The Panthers took two mercy-rule shortened games from Fulton-Montgomery Community College, winning 9-1 and 11-1. TC3 is now 23-9 overall and 19-3 in Region III. Fulton-Montgomery falls to 6-14 overall and in Region III.
 
Bannon, the current Region III female athlete of the week, continued to swing a hot bat. She homered in both games, going a combined 3-for-5 with three walks, three RBI, and seven runs scored. She was far from the only Panther to shine. Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) went 4-for-4 with four runs scored in game two, one of nine Panthers to record multiple hits on the day. Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) added a 3-for-4 effort in game two as the Panthers.
 
Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) and Megan Kraeger (South Lewis H.S./Constableville) earned the wins in the circle, each allowing just a single run.
 
TC3 plays at Jefferson Community College Thursday before returning home for the weekend. TC3 will host Onondaga Community College Saturday and Genesee Community College Sunday to close out the regular season.


Panthers Sweep Fulton-Montgomery

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A big day for freshman Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) helped the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team extend its win streak to 11 games Tuesday. The Panthers took two mercy-rule shortened games from Fulton-Montgomery Community College, winning 9-1 and 11-1. TC3 is now 23-9 overall and 19-3 in Region III. Fulton-Montgomery falls to 6-14 overall and in Region III.
 
Bannon, the current Region III female athlete of the week, continued to swing a hot bat. She homered in both games, going a combined 3-for-5 with three walks, three RBI, and seven runs scored. She was far from the only Panther to shine. Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) went 4-for-4 with four runs scored in game two, one of nine Panthers to record multiple hits on the day. Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) added a 3-for-4 effort in game two as the Panthers.
 
Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) and Megan Kraeger (South Lewis H.S./Constableville) earned the wins in the circle, each allowing just a single run.
 
TC3 plays at Jefferson Community College Thursday before returning home for the weekend. TC3 will host Onondaga Community College Saturday and Genesee Community College Sunday to close out the regular season.


Panthers Take Two at Alfred

Sunday, April 26, 2009

For the second time this season, the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team has a nine-game winning streak. The Panthers, ranked 14th in the nation, took a doubleheader from Alfred State College Sunday, winning both games 5-1. TC3 is now 21-9 overall and 17-3 in Region III. Alfred State falls to 12-19 overall and 9-11 in Region III.
 
Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) earned the win in game one, striking out eight while allowing just one run. The freshman added a double at the plate, one of three two-baggers for the Panthers in game one. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) and Kristin Kinney (Oneida H.S./Oneida) each went 2-for-4, with O'Rourke knocking a double. Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) also doubled for the winners.
 
The nightcap saw Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) throw a gem, striking out eight while allowing only three hits. Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) sparked the offense from the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) added a pair of doubles and two RBI, while Kinney, Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights), and Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) each rapped out two hits.
 
TC3, winners of at least 20 games for the third straight year, hosts Fulton-Montgomery Community College Tuesday at 3 p.m.


Panthers Reach 20 Wins Again

Sunday, April 26, 2009

For the second time this season, the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team has a nine-game winning streak. The Panthers, ranked 14th in the nation, took a doubleheader from Alfred State College Sunday, winning both games 5-1. TC3 is now 21-9 overall and 17-3 in Region III. Alfred State falls to 12-19 overall and 9-11 in Region III.
 
Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) earned the win in game one, striking out eight while allowing just one run. The freshman added a double at the plate, one of three two-baggers for the Panthers in game one. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) and Kristin Kinney (Oneida H.S./Oneida) each went 2-for-4, with O'Rourke knocking a double. Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) also doubled for the winners.
 
The nightcap saw Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) throw a gem, striking out eight while allowing only three hits. Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) sparked the offense from the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) added a pair of doubles and two RBI, while Kinney, Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights), and Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) each rapped out two hits.
 
TC3, winners of at least 20 games for the third straight year, hosts Fulton-Montgomery Community College Tuesday at 3 p.m.


Panthers Sweep Herkimer

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The 14th-ranked Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team swept a doubleheader from Herkimer County Community College Saturday, winning 5-2 and 6-2. TC3 is now 19-9 overall and 15-3 in Region III. Herkimer falls to 13-7 overall and in Region III.
 
After giving up an unearned run in the top of the first, the Panthers answered in the home half as Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) singled, moved to third on a ground-rule double by Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal), and scored on a sacrifice fly from Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott). On the relay, Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) drew a throw and got in to a run down, allowing Bannon to score the team's second run.
 
After Herkimer tied it up in the second, TC3 plated three runs in the bottom of the inning. Greenough provided the big hit, a two-run triple before coming in to score on another double from Bannon. It proved to be the end of the offense for both teams, as neither scored the rest of the way, with each only registering one hit.
 
Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) earned the win in the circle allowing just four hits while striking out three. Bannon finished 3-for-3 with two doubles. Greenough and Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) each finished with two hits.
 
Herkimer again got on the board first in the second game, scoring a pair of runs in the first. It took until the third inning before TC3 could cut into the 2-0 lead. In the third, Bannon reached, moved to second on a walk to O'Rourke before going to third on a groundout and scoring n a passed ball. The Panthers took the lead in the fourth, scoring five times on five hits, sparked by a double to lead off the inning by Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights). Beschler shook off the rough first inning to earn the win. Bannon finished a perfect day at the plate by going 4-for-4. Greenough added a 3-for-3 performance.
 
The Panthers travel to Alfred State College Sunday.


Panthers Sweep Herkimer

Saturday, April 25, 2009

The 14th-ranked Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team swept a doubleheader from Herkimer County Community College Saturday, winning 5-2 and 6-2. TC3 is now 19-9 overall and 15-3 in Region III. Herkimer falls to 13-7 overall and in Region III.
 
After giving up an unearned run in the top of the first, the Panthers answered in the home half as Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) singled, moved to third on a ground-rule double by Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal), and scored on a sacrifice fly from Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott). On the relay, Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) drew a throw and got in to a run down, allowing Bannon to score the team's second run.
 
After Herkimer tied it up in the second, TC3 plated three runs in the bottom of the inning. Greenough provided the big hit, a two-run triple before coming in to score on another double from Bannon. It proved to be the end of the offense for both teams, as neither scored the rest of the way, with each only registering one hit.
 
Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) earned the win in the circle allowing just four hits while striking out three. Bannon finished 3-for-3 with two doubles. Greenough and Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) each finished with two hits.
 
Herkimer again got on the board first in the second game, scoring a pair of runs in the first. It took until the third inning before TC3 could cut into the 2-0 lead. In the third, Bannon reached, moved to second on a walk to O'Rourke before going to third on a groundout and scoring n a passed ball. The Panthers took the lead in the fourth, scoring five times on five hits, sparked by a double to lead off the inning by Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights). Beschler shook off the rough first inning to earn the win. Bannon finished a perfect day at the plate by going 4-for-4. Greenough added a 3-for-3 performance.
 
The Panthers travel to Alfred State College Sunday.


Panthers Sweep Nation's #11

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Playing as a nationally-ranked team for the first time in the history of the program, the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team swept a doubleheader from another nationally-ranked team Thursday, taking two on the road from Broome Community College. The Panthers, ranked 14th in the latest NJCAA national poll, won the first game 4-3 in ten innings before taking game two 5-1. TC3 is now 17-9 overall and 13-3 in Region III. Broome, ranked 11th in the nation, is now 13-5 overall and 11-5 in Region III.
 
The first game was tied 1-1 after seven innings of play as both teams rode solid pitching into the extra innings. Using the international tie-breaker in the extra innings, both teams scored single runs in the eighth and ninth, making it 3-3 heading into the tenth. In the tenth, Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) scored on a single by Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) to give TC3 a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Beschler continued her strong work in the circle, and after the defense behind turned a double play to open the inning, she set down the final hitter to close out the win.
 
Beschler went all ten innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out seven. Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) led the offense by going 2-for-3 with two RBI.
 
The nightcap saw TC3 come back from an early 1-0 hole with three runs in the fourth and another two in the seventh. Bannon went 2-for-4 with a home run to spark the attack while Dykeman tossed a three-hitter while striking out six.
 
The Panthers host Herkimer County Community College Saturday.


Panthes Go Ten Innings to Beat Broome

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Playing as a nationally-ranked team for the first time in the history of the program, the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team swept a doubleheader from another nationally-ranked team Thursday, taking two on the road from Broome Community College. The Panthers, ranked 14th in the latest NJCAA national poll, won the first game 4-3 in ten innings before taking game two 5-1. TC3 is now 17-9 overall and 13-3 in Region III. Broome, ranked 11th in the nation, is now 13-5 overall and 11-5 in Region III.
 
The first game was tied 1-1 after seven innings of play as both teams rode solid pitching into the extra innings. Using the international tie-breaker in the extra innings, both teams scored single runs in the eighth and ninth, making it 3-3 heading into the tenth. In the tenth, Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) scored on a single by Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) to give TC3 a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Beschler continued her strong work in the circle, and after the defense behind turned a double play to open the inning, she set down the final hitter to close out the win.
 
Beschler went all ten innings, allowing just one earned run while striking out seven. Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) led the offense by going 2-for-3 with two RBI.
 
The nightcap saw TC3 come back from an early 1-0 hole with three runs in the fourth and another two in the seventh. Bannon went 2-for-4 with a home run to spark the attack while Dykeman tossed a three-hitter while striking out six.
 
The Panthers host Herkimer County Community College Saturday.


Dykeman No-Hitter Powers Sweep

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The second no-hitter of the year by freshman Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) led the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of SUNY Delhi Tuesday. The Panthers won game one 9-0 behind Dykeman's gem before taking the second game 10-3. TC3 is now 15-9 overall and 11-3 in Region III. Delhi is now 3-9 both overall and in region.
 
In game one, Delhi's leadoff hitter reached on a walk to open the game before Dykeman settled in. She retired the next 15 straight, including striking out the side in the fifth to end the game. She finished the game with six strikeouts and just one walk. Offensively, Ashley Brown (Homer H.S./Cortland) powered the Panthers with a two-run homer and a double. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) and Joelle Herrick (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) each added two hits as part of the ten-hit attack.
 
The nightcap saw TC3 take early control with a five-run first inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) and a run-scoring double by Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City). It proved to be enough offense to support the pitching duo of Megan Kraeger (South Lewis H.S./Constableville) and Brown. Kraeger went six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs while striking out four. Brown pitched a perfect seventh inning to close out the game. Bannon, Dykeman, Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights), Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.), and Stephanie Miller (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) each had two hits in game two, with Freeman and Greenough counting doubles among their hits.
 
The Panthers travel to Broome Community College Thursday.


Dykeman No-Hitter Leads Panthers

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The second no-hitter of the year by freshman Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) led the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team to a doubleheader sweep of SUNY Delhi Tuesday. The Panthers won game one 9-0 behind Dykeman's gem before taking the second game 10-3. TC3 is now 15-9 overall and 11-3 in Region III. Delhi is now 3-9 both overall and in region.
 
In game one, Delhi's leadoff hitter reached on a walk to open the game before Dykeman settled in. She retired the next 15 straight, including striking out the side in the fifth to end the game. She finished the game with six strikeouts and just one walk. Offensively, Ashley Brown (Homer H.S./Cortland) powered the Panthers with a two-run homer and a double. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) and Joelle Herrick (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) each added two hits as part of the ten-hit attack.
 
The nightcap saw TC3 take early control with a five-run first inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) and a run-scoring double by Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City). It proved to be enough offense to support the pitching duo of Megan Kraeger (South Lewis H.S./Constableville) and Brown. Kraeger went six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs while striking out four. Brown pitched a perfect seventh inning to close out the game. Bannon, Dykeman, Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights), Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.), and Stephanie Miller (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) each had two hits in game two, with Freeman and Greenough counting doubles among their hits.
 
The Panthers travel to Broome Community College Thursday.


Panthers Split with Mohawk Valley

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Panthers Split

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Win Streak Snapped at Nine

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team's winning streak was snapped at nine games Friday as the Panthers dropped a doubleheader to Monroe Community College. The 5-1 and 10-2 defeats drop TC3's record to 12-8 overall and 8-2 in Region III. Monroe, the three-time defending national champions, improves to 17-9 overall and 9-1 in region.
 
TC3 fell victim to the combination of some poor defense and a lack of hitting. Monroe scored three unearned runs in the third to take the lead, and added another unearned run in the fifth. TC3 managed just five hits for the game, with the lone run scoring on a groundout by Kristin Kinney (Oneida H.S./Oneida). Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) took the loss, despite allowing just one earned run. She allowed six hits while striking out six.
 
The second game started better for the Panthers by scoring a run in the first, but it ended with the home team again registering just five hits. One of the those hits came from Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) Her RBI-double in the fourth pulled TC3 within two runs at 4-2, but Monroe answered with five in the fifth and a single run in the sixth to end the game.
 
Sheppard and Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) were the only Panthers to record more than one hit on the day, with each collecting one hit in each game.
 
The Panthers take on their third nationally-ranked opponent of the week Sunday when TC3 visits Mohawk Valley Monroe Community College.


Panthers' Win Streak Snapped

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team's winning streak was snapped at nine games Friday as the Panthers dropped a doubleheader to Monroe Community College. The 5-1 and 10-2 defeats drop TC3's record to 12-8 overall and 8-2 in Region III. Monroe, the three-time defending national champions, improves to 17-9 overall and 9-1 in region.
 
TC3 fell victim to the combination of some poor defense and a lack of hitting. Monroe scored three unearned runs in the third to take the lead, and added another unearned run in the fifth. TC3 managed just five hits for the game, with the lone run scoring on a groundout by Kristin Kinney (Oneida H.S./Oneida). Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) took the loss, despite allowing just one earned run. She allowed six hits while striking out six.
 
The second game started better for the Panthers by scoring a run in the first, but it ended with the home team again registering just five hits. One of the those hits came from Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) Her RBI-double in the fourth pulled TC3 within two runs at 4-2, but Monroe answered with five in the fifth and a single run in the sixth to end the game.
 
Sheppard and Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) were the only Panthers to record more than one hit on the day, with each collecting one hit in each game.
 
The Panthers take on their third nationally-ranked opponent of the week Sunday when TC3 visits Mohawk Valley Monroe Community College.


Panthers Sweep Finger Lakes

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team rolled to a doubleheader sweep of Finger Lakes Community College Thursday, winning by scores of 19-0 and 7-2. TC3 is now 12-6 overall and 8-0 in Region III. Finger Lakes falls to 4-12 overall and 3-9 in region.
 
In the opener, TC3 pounded out 23 hits. Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) led the attack with 5-for-5 with two doubles and five RBI. Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) also drove in five runs by going 3-for-5 with a double. Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City), who picked up the shutout win in the circle, helped her cause by going 3-for-5 with three RBI.
 
Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) and Sheppard paced the 16-hit attack in the second game, each ripping three hits. Nine different Panthers collected a hit in support of Sheppard's second win of the day. For the day she tossed 12 innings, allowing nine hits while striking out eight.
 
The Panthers return home Friday to host Monroe Community College at 3 p.m.


Panthers Pound Out 23 Hits in Win

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team rolled to a doubleheader sweep of Finger Lakes Community College Thursday, winning by scores of 19-0 and 7-2. TC3 is now 12-6 overall and 8-0 in Region III. Finger Lakes falls to 4-12 overall and 3-9 in region.
 
In the opener, TC3 pounded out 23 hits. Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) led the attack with 5-for-5 with two doubles and five RBI. Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) also drove in five runs by going 3-for-5 with a double. Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City), who picked up the shutout win in the circle, helped her cause by going 3-for-5 with three RBI.
 
Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) and Sheppard paced the 16-hit attack in the second game, each ripping three hits. Nine different Panthers collected a hit in support of Sheppard's second win of the day. For the day she tossed 12 innings, allowing nine hits while striking out eight.
 
The Panthers return home Friday to host Monroe Community College at 3 p.m.


Panthers Sweep Nation's #5

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Playing at home for the first time this year, the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team took a doubleheader from the fifth-ranked team in the nation Tuesday. TC3 swept Corning Community College 6-4 and 7-5 to improve to 10-6 overall and 6-0 in Region III. Corning lost for the first time, dropping to 16-2 overall and 6-2 in region.
 
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead in the opener, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first and another in the second. After Corning scored in the top of the fourth, the Panthers responded with two in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-1 lead. The score remained 6-1 until Corning mounted a rally in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs before the Panthers could end the game.
 
Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) earned the win allowing just one earned run while striking out 10. Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) and Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) both went 2-for-3 with a home run to pace the nine-hit attack.
 
The home team again jumped out to an early lead in the second game, taking a 4-0 lead into the fourth, when Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) connected on a two-run homer to make it 6-0. Corning answered with three runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the sixth to pull with one at 6-5, but the Panthers plated an insurance run in the sixth to make it 7-5. A perfect seventh inning ended the game, giving the Panthers the sweep.
 
Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) earned the win in the circle, striking out six while allowing four earned runs on eight hits. O'Rourke, Wierzbicki, and Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) each had two hits for the winners.
 
The Panthers travel to Finger Lakes Community College Thursday.


Panthers Win Opener vs. Corning

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Playing at home for the first time this year, the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team took a doubleheader from the fifth-ranked team in the nation Tuesday. TC3 swept Corning Community College 6-4 and 7-5 to improve to 10-6 overall and 6-0 in Region III. Corning lost for the first time, dropping to 16-2 overall and 6-2 in region.
 
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead in the opener, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first and another in the second. After Corning scored in the top of the fourth, the Panthers responded with two in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-1 lead. The score remained 6-1 until Corning mounted a rally in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs before the Panthers could end the game.
 
Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) earned the win allowing just one earned run while striking out 10. Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) and Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) both went 2-for-3 with a home run to pace the nine-hit attack.
 
The home team again jumped out to an early lead in the second game, taking a 4-0 lead into the fourth, when Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) connected on a two-run homer to make it 6-0. Corning answered with three runs in the top of the fifth and two more in the sixth to pull with one at 6-5, but the Panthers plated an insurance run in the sixth to make it 7-5. A perfect seventh inning ended the game, giving the Panthers the sweep.
 
Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) earned the win in the circle, striking out six while allowing four earned runs on eight hits. O'Rourke, Wierzbicki, and Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) each had two hits for the winners.
 
The Panthers travel to Finger Lakes Community College Thursday.


Panthers Sweep Jamestown

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Pitchers Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) and Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) combined to strikeout 20 hitters as Tompkins Cortland Community College swept a doubleheader at Jamestown Community College Saturday. The Panthers won by scores of 5-3 and 3-0 to improve to 8-6 overall and 4-0 in regional play. Jamestown is now 2-8 overall and 1-7 in Region III.
 
The visiting Panthers scored three to open game one, but some sloppy play in the field helped the home team to score three unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. After a scoreless second, TC3 reclaimed the lead with a single run in the third. The Panthers plated the game's final score in the sixth.
 
Sheppard earned the win in circle, striking out eight while allowing just four hits. She also paced the offense by going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) also went 2-for-3 and Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) added a 2-for-4 performance.
 
Beschler dominated game two, striking out 12 in six and a third innings for the win with Sheppard coming in for the final two outs for the save. As was the case in game one, the pitcher led the offense, this time with Beschler going 2-for-3. The team's five other hits were recorded by five different players.
 
The Panthers host Corning Community College Tuesday.


Pitchers Power Panthers Past Jamestown

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Pitchers Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) and Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) combined to strikeout 20 hitters as Tompkins Cortland Community College swept a doubleheader at Jamestown Community College Saturday. The Panthers won by scores of 5-3 and 3-0 to improve to 8-6 overall and 4-0 in regional play. Jamestown is now 2-8 overall and 1-7 in Region III.
 
The visiting Panthers scored three to open game one, but some sloppy play in the field helped the home team to score three unearned runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. After a scoreless second, TC3 reclaimed the lead with a single run in the third. The Panthers plated the game's final score in the sixth.
 
Sheppard earned the win in circle, striking out eight while allowing just four hits. She also paced the offense by going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) also went 2-for-3 and Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) added a 2-for-4 performance.
 
Beschler dominated game two, striking out 12 in six and a third innings for the win with Sheppard coming in for the final two outs for the save. As was the case in game one, the pitcher led the offense, this time with Beschler going 2-for-3. The team's five other hits were recorded by five different players.
 
The Panthers host Corning Community College Tuesday.


Dykeman No-Hitter Leads Panthers to Sweep

Friday, April 10, 2009

A no-hitter by TC3 pitcher Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) helped the TC3 softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Niagara County Community College as the Panthers opened Region III play Friday. The Panthers won the opener 13-1 in five innings before Dykeman's gem in the 9-1 win in game two. TC3 is now 6-6 overall and 2-0 in regional play. It was the season-opener for Niagara.
 
Playing for the first time since returning from the spring break trip to Florida three weeks ago, the Panthers took little time to get into a groove at the plate. Four first-inning runs were followed up by five runs in the second as TC3 took early control of game one. Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) led the 15-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI, and two runs scored. Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored, and a RBI. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two of the team's five stolen bases. Pitcher Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) earned the victory in the circle, striking out eight in five innings.
 
Dykeman was the star of game two, dominating the home team with a TC3-record 14 strikeouts. She walked three hitters and allowed one unearned run while earning her second win of the season. O'Rourke, Ashley Brown (Homer H.S./Cortland), and Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) each connected on two hits as part of the team's 10-hit attack. Brown and Megan Kraeger (South Lewis H.S./Constableville) each swiped a pair of bases as the Panthers again were aggressive on the base paths, stealing seven bases.
 
The Panthers play at Jamestown Community College Saturday.


Panthers Open Region III Play with Sweep

Friday, April 10, 2009

A no-hitter by TC3 pitcher Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) helped the TC3 softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Niagara County Community College as the Panthers opened Region III play Friday. The Panthers won the opener 13-1 in five innings before Dykeman's gem in the 9-1 win in game two. TC3 is now 6-6 overall and 2-0 in regional play. It was the season-opener for Niagara.
 
Playing for the first time since returning from the spring break trip to Florida three weeks ago, the Panthers took little time to get into a groove at the plate. Four first-inning runs were followed up by five runs in the second as TC3 took early control of game one. Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) led the 15-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI, and two runs scored. Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored, and a RBI. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two of the team's five stolen bases. Pitcher Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) earned the victory in the circle, striking out eight in five innings.
 
Dykeman was the star of game two, dominating the home team with a TC3-record 14 strikeouts. She walked three hitters and allowed one unearned run while earning her second win of the season. O'Rourke, Ashley Brown (Homer H.S./Cortland), and Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) each connected on two hits as part of the team's 10-hit attack. Brown and Megan Kraeger (South Lewis H.S./Constableville) each swiped a pair of bases as the Panthers again were aggressive on the base paths, stealing seven bases.
 
The Panthers play at Jamestown Community College Saturday.


Panthers End Trip with Win Over D-II Team
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

The TC3 softball team wrapped up its spring break trip to Cocoa, Florida, Thursday with a 9-3 win over Division II Macomb Community College (Mich.). The win leaves TC3 with a record of 4-6, with all ten games coming against scholarship schools.
 
Playing as the visitors, TC3 scored three runs in the first to take an early lead. A single run in the second gave TC3 a 4-0 lead, but Macomb plated three in the bottom of third to pull within one. The Panthers responded with a four-run fourth and a single run in the fifth to resume control.
 
TC3 pitcher Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) became the fourth different Panther to earn a win in the circle, striking out nine while allowing just two hits. The freshman finished especially strong, not allowing a walk over the final four innings.
 
At the plate, Ashley Greenough (Troy/Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) continued her strong play by going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. She ended the trip leading the team by hitting exactly .485, going a combined 16-for-33. Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) also collected three hits, going 3-for-4 to raise her batting average to .455. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott), Freeman, and Dykeman each drove in two runs, with O'Rourke now at a team-leading eight for the season. As a team, six Panthers are coming home with a batting average of at least .300, with three at .400 or better.
 
The depth of the pitching staff, with five Panthers seeing time in the circle, was evident with four different players earning wins. Two different pitchers tossed shutouts, and three have an ERA below 3.30.
 
The Panthers now return home to a three-week layoff before Region III play begins. TC3 is scheduled to play at Niagara County Community College April 10.


Panthers Split in Cocoa
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The TC3 softball team split a pair of games in Cocoa, Florida Wednesday. The Panthers topped WBS, a club team from Ontario Academy, Canada, 9-0 before falling to Chesapeake College (Md.) 3-2. TC3 is now 3-6 this spring.
 
Against WBS, pitcher Megan Kraeger (South Lewis H.S./Constableville) tossed TC3's second straight shutout, striking out seven and allowing just one hit over six innings. Ashley Greenough (Troy/Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) and Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) each had two hits with Bannon's including a two-run triple. Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) also tripled for the Panthers in the win.
 
Game two saw the Panthers fall behind early on a three-run homer by Chesapeake in the top of the first inning. TC3 came back with single runs in the fourth and fifth, but couldn't put the tying run across. Bannon went 1-for-3 with a double and a run batted in to pace the offense.
 
TC3's spring trip to Cocoa concludes Thursday with a single game against Macomb Community College (Mich.).


Kraeger Shuts Out WBS
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The TC3 softball team split a pair of games in Cocoa, Florida Wednesday. The Panthers topped WBS, a club team from Ontario Academy, Canada, 9-0 before falling to Chesapeake College (Md.) 3-2. TC3 is now 3-6 this spring.
 
Against WBS, pitcher Megan Kraeger (South Lewis H.S./Constableville) tossed TC3's second straight shutout, striking out seven and allowing just one hit over six innings. Ashley Greenough (Troy/Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) and Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) each had two hits with Bannon's including a two-run triple. Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) also tripled for the Panthers in the win.
 
Game two saw the Panthers fall behind early on a three-run homer by Chesapeake in the top of the first inning. TC3 came back with single runs in the fourth and fifth, but couldn't put the tying run across. Bannon went 1-for-3 with a double and a run batted in to pace the offense.
 
TC3's spring trip to Cocoa concludes Thursday with a single game against Macomb Community College (Mich.).


TC3 Earns Shutout Win
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The TC3 softball team earned a 6-0 win over the Canadian club team WBS Tuesday night. The win improves the Panthers to 2-5 on the team's spring break trip.
 
Pitcher Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson city) earned TC3's first shutout win of the year, going all seven innings while allowing just three hits and striking out four. Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) powered the offense with a two-run homer while Ashley Greenough (Troy/Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
 
TC3 continues play at the Cocoa Expo with two games Wednesday.


Panthers Fall to Macomb
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The TC3 softball team was shut out by Division II Chesapeake College (Md.) Tuesday, 3-0, at the Cocoa Expo in Florida. Later in the day TC3 lost to Macomb Community College (Mich.), 9-1. The Panthers are now 1-5 on the team's spring break trip, with all the games played so far coming against teams that offer athletic scholarships
 
Playing on St. Patrick's Day, the Panthers wore green uniforms hoping for some good luck. Against Chesapeake, all the luck was bad as the Panthers hit the bad hard but couldn't get a break. Despite not striking out at all, the team managed just five hits on the game and couldn't take advantage of any scoring chances. An early lead-off triple from Kristin Kinney (Oneida H.S./Oneida) failed to produce a run as the Panthers stranded her at third. Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) went 2-for-2 to lead the offense.
 
The second game of the day pitted the Panthers against a very strong Macomb team. The Panthers managed six hits and a single run, but couldn't keep the game from being shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) and Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) each collected two hits to lead the offense.
 
TC3 continues play at the Cocoa Expo Tuesday night with a game against a club team from Canada.


Panthers Shut Out
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The TC3 softball team was shut out by Division II Chesapeake College (Md.) Tuesday, 3-0, at the Cocoa Expo in Florida. Later in the day TC3 lost to Macomb Community College (Mich.), 9-1. The Panthers are now 1-5 on the team's spring break trip, with all the games played so far coming against teams that offer athletic scholarships
 
Playing on St. Patrick's Day, the Panthers wore green uniforms hoping for some good luck. Against Chesapeake, all the luck was bad as the Panthers hit the bad hard but couldn't get a break. Despite not striking out at all, the team managed just five hits on the game and couldn't take advantage of any scoring chances. An early lead-off triple from Kristin Kinney (Oneida H.S./Oneida) failed to produce a run as the Panthers stranded her at third. Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) went 2-for-2 to lead the offense.
 
The second game of the day pitted the Panthers against a very strong Macomb team. The Panthers managed six hits and a single run, but couldn't keep the game from being shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) and Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) each collected two hits to lead the offense.
 
TC3 continues play at the Cocoa Expo Tuesday night with a game against a club team from Canada.


Panthers Drop Pair
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Monday, March 16, 2009

The TC3 softball team continued the 2009 spring break trip with a pair of games against Kellogg Community College (Mich.) at the Cocoa Expo in Florida Monday. Playing a Division II opponent for the second straight day, the Panthers dropped both ends of the doubleheader, 7-6 and 15-4. TC3 is now 1-3 on the season.
 
The Panthers led game one 4-2 in the third, and 6-3 in the fourth, but Kellogg came back to pull within one in the bottom of the fourth and plate the winnings runs in the sixth. Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) led the attack by going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three stolen bases. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in.
 
In the second game, neither team scored until the fourth, when Kellogg exploded with eight runs in the fourth and seven more in the fifth. The Panthers scored three in the fourth but managed just a single run in the fifth, ending the game with the mercy rule. Kristin Kinney (Oneida H.S./Oneida) was the lone Panther with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base. O'Rourke and Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) each doubled for TC3, with Wierzbicki driving in two runs.
 
TC3 plays two games Tuesday, taking on Macomb Community College (Mich.) and Chesapeake College (Md.).


Panthers Come Up Short
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Monday, March 16, 2009

The TC3 softball team continued the 2009 spring break trip with a pair of games against Kellogg Community College (Mich.) at the Cocoa Expo in Florida Monday. Playing a Division II opponent for the second straight day, the Panthers dropped both ends of the doubleheader, 7-6 and 15-4. TC3 is now 1-3 on the season.
 
The Panthers led game one 4-2 in the third, and 6-3 in the fourth, but Kellogg came back to pull within one in the bottom of the fourth and plate the winnings runs in the sixth. Ashley Greenough (Troy H.S./Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.) led the attack by going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and three stolen bases. Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in.
 
In the second game, neither team scored until the fourth, when Kellogg exploded with eight runs in the fourth and seven more in the fifth. The Panthers scored three in the fourth but managed just a single run in the fifth, ending the game with the mercy rule. Kristin Kinney (Oneida H.S./Oneida) was the lone Panther with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base. O'Rourke and Brooke Wierzbicki (Vestal H.S./Vestal) each doubled for TC3, with Wierzbicki driving in two runs.
 
TC3 plays two games Tuesday, taking on Macomb Community College (Mich.) and Chesapeake College (Md.).


Panthers Split with D-II Team to Open 2009
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

The TC3 softball team opened the 2009 campaign with a doubleheader split with Division II opponent Lackawanna College (Penn.) at the Cocoa Expo in Florida. The Panthers won game one 5-3 before dropping the second game 6-2.
 
In the opener, the Panthers scored a single run in the top of the first before Lackawanna answered with two in the bottom of the frame. The score remained 2-1 until TC3 plated three run in the fourth to move into the lead. Both teams scored a single run in the seventh to make the final 5-3.
 
Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) earned the win in game one, striking out five while walking none. Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) had a big game one with two hits, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) collected two hits and Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) drove in a pair of runs.
 
The second game saw Lackawanna take the lead on three runs over the first two innings. TC3 got on the board with single runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth, but Lackawanna kept the Panthers at bay with a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh.
 
Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) and Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) each had two hits in game two, with Freeman recording the team's only extra-base hit with a double.
 
TC3 continues play Monday with another doubleheader against a Division II opponent. The Panthers take on Kellogg Community College (Mich.) at 9 a.m.


Panthers Open 2009 with Win
Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The TC3 softball team opened the 2009 campaign with a doubleheader split with Division II opponent Lackawanna College (Penn.) at the Cocoa Expo in Florida. The Panthers won game one 5-3 before dropping the second game 6-2.
 
In the opener, the Panthers scored a single run in the top of the first before Lackawanna answered with two in the bottom of the frame. The score remained 2-1 until TC3 plated three run in the fourth to move into the lead. Both teams scored a single run in the seventh to make the final 5-3.
 
Megan Beschler (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) earned the win in game one, striking out five while walking none. Colleen Bannon (Vestal H.S./Vestal) had a big game one with two hits, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. Lauren Dykeman (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) collected two hits and Danielle O'Rourke (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) drove in a pair of runs.
 
The second game saw Lackawanna take the lead on three runs over the first two innings. TC3 got on the board with single runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth, but Lackawanna kept the Panthers at bay with a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh.
 
Paige Freeman (Thomas A. Edison H.S./Elmira Heights) and Brianna Sheppard (Binghamton H.S./Johnson City) each had two hits in game two, with Freeman recording the team's only extra-base hit with a double.
 
TC3 continues play Monday with another doubleheader against a Division II opponent. The Panthers take on Kellogg Community College (Mich.) at 9 a.m.


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2009 Women's Softball Schedule
Date/Time
Opponent/Location
Results
Sun 03/15
3 p.m.
Lackawanna College (Penn.)
Cocoa, Fla.
Sun 03/15
4 p.m.
Lackawanna College (Penn.)
Cocoa, Fla.
Mon 03/16
9 a.m.
Kellogg CC (Mich.)
Cocoa, Fla.
Mon 03/16
10 a.m.
Kellogg CC (Mich.)
Cocoa, Fla.
Tue 03/17
11 a.m.
Chesapeake College (Md.)
Cocoa, Fla.
Tue 03/17
1 p.m.
Macomb CC (Mich.)
Cocoa, Fla.
Tue 03/17
8 p.m.
WBS (Ontario Academy, Canada)
Cocoa, Fla.
Wed 03/18
1 p.m.
WBS (Ontario Academy, Canada)
Cocoa, Fla.
Wed 03/18
3 p.m.
Chesapeake College (Md.)
Cocoa, Fla.
Thu 03/19
9 a.m.
Macomb CC (Mich.)
Cocoa, Fla.
Fri 04/10
4 p.m.
Niagara County CC
Sanborn
Fri 04/10
6 p.m.
Niagara County CC
Sanborn
Sat 04/11
1 p.m.
Jamestown CC
Jamestown
Sat 04/11
4 p.m.
Jamestown CC
Jamestown
Tue 04/14
3 p.m.
Corning CC
Home
Tue 04/14
5 p.m.
Corning CC
Home
Thu 04/16
3 p.m.
Finger Lakes CC
Canandaigua
Thu 04/16
5 p.m.
Finger Lakes CC
Canandaigua
Fri 04/17
3 p.m.
Monroe CC
Home
Fri 04/17
6 p.m.
Monroe CC
Home
Sun 04/19
1 p.m.
Mohawk Valley CC
Utica
Sun 04/19
4 p.m.
Mohawk Valley CC
Utica
Tue 04/21
3 p.m.
SUNY Delhi
Home
Tue 04/21
5 p.m.
SUNY Delhi
Home
Thu 04/23
3 p.m.
SUNY Broome
Binghamton
Thu 04/23
5 p.m.
SUNY Broome
Binghamton
Sat 04/25
1 p.m.
Herkimer County CC
Home
Sat 04/25
3 p.m.
Herkimer County CC
Home
Sun 04/26
1 p.m.
Alfred State College
Alfred
Sun 04/26
4 p.m.
Alfred State College
Alfred
Tue 04/28
3 p.m.
Fulton-Montgomery CC
Home
Tue 04/28
5 p.m.
Fulton-Montgomery CC
Home
Thu 04/30
7 p.m.
Jefferson CC
Watertown
Thu 04/30
7 p.m.
Jefferson CC
Watertown
Sat 05/02
1 p.m.
Onondaga CC
Home
Sat 05/02
2 p.m.
Onondaga CC
Home
Sun 05/03
1 p.m.
Genesee CC
Home
Sun 05/03
4 p.m.
Genesee CC
Home
Tue 05/05
3 p.m.
Genesee CC
Home
Fri 05/08
12 p.m.
Corning CC
Corning
Fri 05/08
4 p.m.
Corning CC
Corning
Sat 05/09
12 p.m.
Corning CC
Corning
Thu 05/14
12 p.m.
Westmoreland County CC (Penn.)
Rochester, Minn.
Thu 05/14
4 p.m.
Brookdale CC (N.J.)
Rochester, Minn.
Fri 05/15
4 p.m.
Monroe CC
Rochester, Minn.
Sat 05/16
2 p.m.
College of DuPage (Ill.)
Rochester, Minn.
Sat 05/16
5 p.m.
College of DuPage (Ill.)
Rochester, Minn.
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