Raiders Ready: FMCC baseball, softball teams set for new season

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JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton-Montgomery Community College baseball and softball teams were slated to open their home slate this weekend.

However, thanks to Mother Nature, both teams continue to wait.

The softball team was slated to host Cayuga Community College in a doubleheader today, while the baseball team was set to host Jefferson Community College on Sunday.

The baseball doubleheader was moved to May 4, while no make-up date has been set for the softball doubleheader.

The baseball team is slated to open its home schedule Tuesday, weather permitting, with a home doubleheader against Mohawk Valley Community College beginning at 3 p.m.

The softball team is now slated to open the season at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica on Tuesday with a doubleheader at 3 p.m.

Baseball

The baseball team was able to get six games in so far this season, playing in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 21, 22 and 23.

FMCC went 1-5 at the Ripken Experience.

The Raiders opened their season against Central Missouri College in its first game and lost 6-5 on a walk-off hit. Pat Hart went the distance for FMCC giving up eight hits and four earned runs. Kyle Agresta and Kyle Sherlock led the Raiders offensively with two hits each and Agresta picked up an RBI.  

 FMCC matched up against Ocean County College again later in the week and came up just short again 3-2, but the offense came alive with nine hits for the Raiders.

FMCC then suffered a 15-7 loss to Harper College after they took the lead for good with 13 runs in the fourth inning.  Sherlock and Ryan McNamara each collected multiple hits for the Raiders. McNamara, Coby Caraballo, and Richard Umholtz each drove in two runs to lead FMCC.

The Raiders played solid defense against Ocean County College, but it wasn’t enough as they dropped the contest 7-4. Ryan Cullam led the Raiders with three hits in three at-bats. 

Agresta took a tough 2-0 loss against Southern Maryland, he was solid on the mound. He went seven innings, giving up just two runs, five hits, and striking out six.

Cory Moore went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Raiders’ offense. 

The Raiders finished out the week with a 7-4 win against Garrett College.

Justin Putnam earned the win allowing 10 hits and struck out three.

Cullam and McNamara each had singles for FMCC. Agresta, Sherlock, Cullam, Jake Petralia and Hart each drove in runs to lead the Raiders. 

FMCC, which went 10-21 overall last season, returns Cullam, McNamara, Hart, Justin Putnam, Agresta, Paul VanWarner and Petralia from last year’s team.

McNamara had 29 hits in 30 games last season on his way to a .319 average. He also had 11 doubles. Hart was 3-3 on the mound last season, while Putnam and Petralia each had two wins.

New to the team this season are Cory Moore, Kyle Sherlock, Ricky Umholtz and Brogan Barker, Andrew Marciniak and Coby Caraballo.

“We should be able to pitch and play defense,” said FMCC coach Dave Hennessey, who is 20 wins away from 250 career Region 3 victories. “If we take an approach to the plate, we will be OK. We also need to stay healthy.”

Softball

After posing a 7-15 overall record last season, FMCC returns four players from last year’s team.

Emily Towne, Ashley Garcia, Megan Patterson and Chantel Vactor all return for the Lady Raiders, who lost Abby Boyer and Katie Hauser from last year’s squad.

FMCC will be coached by Kevin Jones this season. Jones, who also serves as the school’s athletic director, steps in for Meghan Power.

“We have a nice group that I think can be competitive within region,” Jones said. “Everything depends on the weather. It has been a tough spring so far.”

FMCC adds a large group of newcomers this season.

The group includes Julie Hampton, Miranda Nethaway, Alpha Rodriguez, Morgan Wilson, Allysa Gelina,Braelin Aldi, Allison Hamner, McKayla Fancher Charlene Moreira and Gabby Smith.

“Pitching is always the key when you have to put a lot of games within a short period of time,” Jones said. “We have hopes of making the regional tournament.”

By Paul Wager

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