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Genesee and Hudson Valley to Square off in Final Game of Group B Finals Saturday

Genesee and Hudson Valley to Square off in Final Game of Group B Finals Saturday

The GCC softball team forced its best-of-three series against Hudson Valley Community College to a third and final game after splitting with the Vikings on Friday. 

Hudson Valley jumped in front in game one with a run in the second before the Cougars tied the game in the third after Kristin Hohn doubled and scored on a throwing error to knot it at one apiece.

Shannon Baker retired eight in a row at one point and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five.

Still tied at one, the game went into extra innings before HVCC broke through in the top of the ninth with a solo home run by Hannah Mochrie to end five innings of scoreless play. Genesee went down in order in the bottom of the inning.

Baker, Karissa Schuster and Chelsey Ruzewski each had two hits and Georgie Miller was 1-4.

The Vikings took a 6-0 lead into the fifth in game two before Genesee showed signs of life. The Cougars crossed the plate four times in the top of the innings on five hits, including back-to-back doubles from Bailee Welker and Baker.

GCC continued its comeback and tied the game 6-6 in the sixth inning with a pair of runs.

Baker pitched around a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth and Genesee took its first lead of the game in the seventh after Dani Wilshire drove in the go ahead runs with a double to make it 8-6.

HVCC had runners on second and third with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but managed only one run and Baker shut the door to force a game three.

Wilshire finished the game 3-4 with two doubles, Hohn was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored and Baker added two hits and a run batted in.

On the mound, Baker tossed a complete-game, allowing seven runs (three earned) on six hits and struck out three.

Genesee and Hudson Valley will play in the final game of the Region III Group B series on Saturday at noon. The winner will advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament.