The Erie Community College baseball team started its Florida trip red hot, but toward the tail end they either ran into tough losses or tough oppositions. If the Kats could have turned around their three losses by one-run, they could have posted an 8-3 record for the Orlando, Fla. trip, but instead will bring back a 5-6 record to Buffalo after nearly two weeks in Florida.
The beginning of the trip saw the Kats go 5-1 in their first six games with their only loss by a single run. Erie dropped its final five games by a combined 48-22, although two of those losses accounted for the majority of that discrepancy with a pair of 12-2 defeats. The Kats also lost a pair of one-run games in the stretch as well, 8-7 and 7-6.
After the team's first week's 4-1 start in Florida, the Kats started their second week in the Sunshine State with a 3-2 win over the Community College of Rhode Island, March 14.
Rainey River brought Erie's Florida record to 5-3 after just getting by the Kats twice by just a single run. The Kats dropped the opener 8-7 and then lost the matinee matchup 7-6, March 15.
Century College then moved the Kats to 5-5 in Florida after 12-2 and 9-5 wins, March 16. With the rubber match to put Erie over .500 for the trip, Erie fell to Waubonsee Community College, 12-2, in their last Florida game, March 17.
Overall, Erie scored 54 runs and recorded 69 hits in 11 Florida games.
The Kats recorded at least five hits in every game except one. Their best performance at the plate was in their first game when Erie had 11 hits. Their next best games were nine-hit performances in two one-run losses to Rainey River. Erie had three seven-hit games, but went 1-2 during those contests. The six aforementioned games accounted for 50 of the team's 69 hits.
Marlison Brunken was the top batter with 14 hits over 11 Florida games. Brunken had a team-high four hits in the win over Glen Oaks. Kyle Gould started with three hits in the first seven games, but recorded five hits in the last three to finish the trip with a second-best eight-hit total. Three other Kats recorded five hits each that included Marcus Johnston, Dylan Bucholtz, and Alex Lopez.
Erie will return to action March 24-25 with three games in Maryland against the Community College of Baltimore County. A sweep over CCBC would get the Kats back over .500 at 8-7 overall for the season.