GCC Athletics Update: Athletes of the Week
Written by WBTA STAFF on April 26, 2018
Zachery Zinck had a solid performance from the mound against Onondaga with 13 strikouts (photo credit: GCC Athletics/Curtis Kreutter)
Red-Hot Cougar Baseball Team Continues to Roll
For some Friday the 13th is associated with bad luck, but for the Genesee Community College baseball team it began a stretch of wins that has now totals seven of the last eight contests for an 88 winning percentage during that span. But even more importantly, all seven are region wins and now only two teams from the nine-team National Junior College Athletic Association’s Region-III Western Section standings have more than the Cougars.
The latest pair of Cougar wins came at the expense of current West Region-III second-place Onondaga. In the first game of the twin bill, Genesee posted a run in every other inning of their six at-bats for a 3-1 win. In the matinee game, the Cougars had a big six-run third inning that powered them to a 10-4 win.
Justin Baly led the team in hits in the first game and then co-led the team in the second with L’Shandry Kirindongo. Over the two games the pair combined for five runs, three RBI and six hits – with three going for extra bases.
The team’s pitching was also a highlight as three pitchers combined to allow just nine hits with 19 strikeouts over the pair of contests. Zachery Zinck got the win in the first game with 13 strikeouts and allowed just a pair of hits in going the distance. Tyler Prospero went almost six innings in the second contest with four strikeouts for the win, while Jayson Libert threw the last four outs with a pair of strikeouts to earn a save.
Offensively over the two games Genesee plated 17 hits with seven going for extra bases that included four homeruns. Kirindongo had two of those with the other two courtesy of Shannon Folkes and Jakob MacLeod.
The Cougars got nine hits in the 3-1 win with Baly leading the way with a pair, one of which was a double. Deion Rosalia knocked in a run with a triple, while the other two RBI were courtesy of shots over the wall by Kirindongo and Folkes. Also joining the hit parade were Justin Taveras, Edgardo Jurado, Bryant Fontanez and MacLeod.
Genesee plated eight hits in the 10-5 win with Baly and Kirindongo combining for half the team’s hits with a pair each. Kirindongo had a double to go with another homerun and a pair of RBI, while Baly scored a pair of runs.
MacLeod had the loudest bat of the game with a grand slam to pick up four RBI. The other three hits came from Shurburnie Jonis, Folkes and Rosalia, with the latter also racking up a pair of RBI.
The 10 runs came from just two innings with six in the third and four in the sixth. In all, eight different Cougars scored runs that included Kirindongo, Folkes, Rosalia, MacLeod, Taveras, Jonis and a pair each from Baly and Nate Darwin.
Michaela Cater from the golf team and L’Shandry Kirindongo from the baseball team
Cougar Athletes of the Week Announced
The Genesee Community College’s athletes of the week for the period ending April 22 are Michaela Cater from the golf team and L’Shandry Kirindongo from the baseball team.
Cater competed in a pair of golf outings for the Cougars and was the top female golfer in one event and finished second in the other. Cater carded a 119 in the upstate NY tournament with seven other teams hosted by SUNY Adirondack at the Hiland Golf Club in Queensbury, where she was the female medalist on April 21. The next day at the Batavia Country Club, Cater was seven shots back of the lead from Jamestown Community College’s golfer with a 117 that was two shots better than her previous day.
Kirindongo led the Cougars last week in taking three of four games from Broome Community College with 10 hits, five RBI, five runs and three stolen bases. Of his 10 hits, three were doubles in helping his team to three Region-III wins. Kirindongo’s best game of the four was the first in the series where he went 4-for-4 at the plate for almost half of the team’s nine hits, scored one-third of the team’s nine runs with three, added an RBI, stole a pair of bases and plated a pair of doubles of his four hits in a 9-4 win at Broome.
Brennan Named NJCAA National Player of the Week
Genesee Community College’s men’s lacrosse player Jordan Brennan was named National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week jus one day after being named the NJCAA Region-III Male Athlete of the Week.
Brennan took turns last week in being the team’s leading goal-getter and then being the team’s leading set-up man in a pair of wins for No. 3 Genesee. Against Tompkins-Cortland, Brennan out-scored the entire 10th ranked team in the country with six goals and added an assist for a seven-point outing. The sophomore followed that up with a six-point game against Herkimer with a team-leading four helpers. For the week, Brennan scored eight goals from nine shots on net, while adding seven groundballs along the way.
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