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Two wins for TC3 baseball

YAPHANK — Day three of the Spring Break trip was a good one for the Tompkins Cortland CC baseball team as the Panthers won two games on Wednesday at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank.

Both games were shortened due to the 10-run rule, with TC3 beating Monroe College JV 16-2 in the first game and then beating Borough of Manhattan CC 10-0 in the second game. The wins even the Panthers’ record at 3-3.

The Panthers took advantage of control issues for Monroe. Tompkins Cortland scored 16 runs on just six hits, thanks to 13 walks issued by Monroe pitchers. The Panthers’ first three hitters combined to score 10 runs despite recording only one hit among them. Derek Beeching was the beneficiary of the run support, and he made the most of it. The freshman pitcher tossed all five innings for his first win, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven.

The second game featured another standout pitching performance to go along with plenty of offense. Chris Miccuci set the tone from the leadoff spot, going 2-for-2 and scoring three runs. Manny Rojas finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and Laz Moralez tripled and drove in two runs.

The 10 runs were more than enough for Panther pitcher Curtis Wilk. The Cortland High alumnus was strong in his collegiate debut on the mound. The freshman allowed just one hit over five innings — a two-out single in the first inning. He struck out eight in the complete game, and capped his dominating performance by retiring the last nine batters he faced in order.

The Panthers were to close out the Spring Break trip today with a single game against Suffolk County CC.

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