Baseball Team Reaches Final Four

The Genesee Community College baseball team won its sub regional game versus Cobleskill on Tuesday to advance to the Region III Final Four in Hudson Valley over the weekend. The Cougars hit three straight doubles in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead and never looked back in defeating the Fighting Tigers, 7-3.

In the first round match up at Hudson Valley Genesee faced top seeded Erie Community College. Erie prevailed 2-1 in a great pitching duel. GCC scored its only run on three walks and a sacrifice fly. Craig Gillet went 6 1/3 innings and allowed only one hit. Yimmy Rodriguez pitched one hit ball over the final 1 2/3 innings.

In the consolation bracket, Genesee jumped out to a 7-2 lead over Mohawk Valley after five innings. An error in the top of the seventh allowed two runs to score to tie the game. The game eventually went 11 innings before GCC fell, 9-7. Tony Ray had two doubles for GCC and Steve Froese added two hits including a homerun. Josh Parkinson also had two hits for the Cougars. Genesee finished its record-breaking season with a 27-17 record overall. It is the most wins in the history of the program. The team also set records for at bats, runs, hits, runs batted in, doubles and walks. Individually, Ryan Gugel broke single season records for at bats, hits, doubles and runs batted in. Quinn Fuller shares the record for doubles in a season (12) with Gugel. Steve Torrey set new standards for walks in a season (28) and in a career (32). From the mound, Justin Bye and Fuller tied the record for wins in a season with five each. Bye is also the all-time wins leader with 10 in his two years at GCC.