The Genesee Community College men's baseball headed south to West Palm Beach, Florida for some early season competition before the start of regional play. The Cougars began the trip with two victories over Patrick Henry Community College (Virginia). GCC was led by Jay Thomas who went 3-3 with two runs scored. Quinn Fuller got the win on the mound throwing three innings giving up 5 runs on 5 hits. Justin Bye started the game and pitched four scoreless innings and allowed only one hit.
On Friday, the team faced Macomb College, a Division II school out of Michigan, in the first game and lost 6-5. The team jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings with RBI hits from Steve Torrey and Eric Tones but couldn't hold on. Bye took the loss going 2 2/3 innings. In the night cap, the team played Erie Community College and lost 7-0. Andy DelFavero, Adrien Young, and Chris Wager all went 1-2 for the team. The game was 1-0 through four innings. Zynon Putney had a good outing going four innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits.
On Saturday, the team beat Prairie State (Illinois) 9-8. Chad Hendy got his first college win going 6 1/3 innings with six strike outs. Bye earned the save. Tones went 3-3 with two runs batten in, while Torrey and Josh Parkinson had two hits each. The team was beaten by Division II-College of South Maryland, 11-2, in the second game.
On Sunday the team played a very good Chesapeake College, another Division II program from Maryland. The team lost the game 6-4 after being tied going into the seventh inning. Fuller pitched six strong innings by only giving up two runs on four hits. Hendy took the loss for GCC. The team was led by Thomas who went 2-3 with 2 runs scored. DelFavero had one hit with two walks and a stolen base.
The team heads into regional play with a 3-4 record overall. It's first game with be on Saturday, April 2nd at Broome Community College.