The Erie Community College baseball team had its best week of the season in putting together a nine-game win streak from April 22-29. During those nine wins, the Kats out-scored its opposition by a 3-1 margin with 75 runs.
The Kats stroked 84 hits during the streak with seven players finishing in the team's top five in hits, runs and RBI. All seven finished in the team's top-five in at least two of the aforementioned categories with one player recording three top-five finishes during the streak – Ken Ruggiero.
Ruggerio led the team in hits with 14, co-led in RBI and finished second in runs with eight. The other six that produced notable offensive performances were Marlison Brunken, Alex Lopez, Felix Garcia, Darin Geska and the Arias' – William and Willy.
Brunken co-led the team in RBI with Ruggiero with 10 and finished third in hits with nine. Garcia led the team with nine runs and finished fifth in hits with seven. Willy Arias was second in hits with 10 and tied-fourth in runs with six. William Arias was tied-fourth in runs with six and tied-third in RBI with eight. Geska was tied-third in RBI and fourth in hits with eight in each category. Lopez was third in runs and fifth in RBI with seven in each category.
As of the end of April, both Brunken and Geska were in the top-five region statistics for RBI, with the latter and Kevin Koziol in the region's top-five in home runs. Also in the region's top-10 were Mike DeLeo in strikeouts, Eric Marriott in stolen bases, and Marcus Johnston in home runs and Brunken in saves.
Not only did the nine-straight wins surpass last season's high of six-consecutive wins, but it also allowed the Kats to surpass their season total of 19 wins from last season with 22 and counting as the Kats finally clawed back to an overall .500 record.
More importantly, it moved the Kats to fourth place in the NJCAA Region III Western standings by percentage with a 14-10 record and put the prospects of returning to post-season play promising.