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Cougars Split With Tompkins-Cortland; Win Game Two With Walk-Off Hit

Cougars Split With Tompkins-Cortland; Win Game Two With Walk-Off Hit

Finishing off back-to-back days of a home-and-home series with Tompkins-Cortland CC, the GCC baseball hosted the Panthers in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon and split to end a 2-2 weekend after splitting on Saturday at TC3.

Thomas Pauly delivered a strong effort on the mound for the Cougars in game one, going the distance and allowing just four hits.

Pauly's only trouble came in the third inning with the freshman put a couple of runners on with two hit by pitches and surrendered a single that resulted in a throwing error to put TC3 in front 2-0. Pauly then gave up another single in the inning that gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead, but shut the door the rest of the way.

The Cougars got things going in the fourth after Earl Blackmon reached on an error and advanced to third after a Terrence-John Garcia double. Both runners eventually scored after Casey Guary delivered a single to cut the TC3 lead down to 3-2.

That would be it for the offense, however, and Tompkins-Cortland took game one 3-2.

Pauly finished the game with just one strike out but only one of the three runs that scored were earned.

Blackmon, Garcia, Guary, Brandon Stephens, Jardorick Woods, Joseph DeFelice and Johnathan Warne each recorded a hit apiece for GCC.

The Panthers were out to a 3-0 lead in game two before Genesee rallied to tie in the bottom of the third.

DeFelice singled to start the inning and scored on a Connor Barleben triple. Blackmon brought home Barleben with an RBI single and Guary tied the game at three with an RBI double.

Still tied at three in the seventh, TC3 broke through with a run after a leadoff walk, stolen base and a double to go in front 4-3.

Genesee got the leadoff runner on after DeFelice walked to start the bottom of the inning and after a Barleben single, Blackmon laid down a bunt that resulted in a throwing error that scored DeFelice to tie the game at four.

An intentional walk loaded the bases and set things up for Stephens, who delivered a walk-off single to send GCC to a 5-4 win in game two.

Josh Porter came in to throw 3.2 innings and allowed just one run on one hit to earn the win.

Barleben, Blackmon and Guary all had two hits apiece for GCC in game two, which will travel to Niagara County CC on Tuesday for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.