NCCC preps for playoffs with new HR record

NCCC preps for playoffs with new HR record

Niagara County Community College wrapped up the top seed in the Region III Western Division after a quartet of big wins this past week. In the process, the Thunderwolves also set a new single-season home run record (30). The previous mark was 27 (2016).

NCCC, which is ranked No. 3 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll, is now 35-5 overall and 23-3 in regional play. The No. 1 T-Wolves will host SUNY Adirondack in a best-of-3 sub-regional series beginning at Noon Saturday. The winner advances to the Region III Division III Championships on May 18-20 in Little Falls.

Niagara CCC 18, Corning CC 4

Freshman Joe Barberio was 4-for-4 with two home runs, six RBIs and four runs scored in the win. Classmate William Lawrence was 3-for-4 with a home run, triple, double and five RBIs. Sophomore Matt Cross finished 3-for-4 with a home run and four runs scored, while freshman Matt Kruszka was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

Niagara CCC 8, Corning CC 0

Barberio allowed four hits and struck out 11 over six innings pitched. Freshman Vincent Chiarenza had two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. Fellow frosh Michael O'Connor had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Niagara CCC 16, Genesee CC 2

Freshman Alex Bish went the distance and allowed just five hits and one earned run. Cross was 3-for-3 with a long ball and three RBIs, while freshman Garrett Boldt was 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

Niagara CCC 10, Genesee CC 1

Freshman Tyler Brill tossed a complete game, two-hitter with 13 Ks. Chiarenza had two hits, a homer and five RBIs. Cross also homered. Sophomore Casey Gruarin was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.