The Erie Community College baseball team split a pair of sub regional playoff games at Herkimer County Community College May 14 and are set to face the Generals in a winner-take-all deciding-game May 15 at 1 p.m.
Although the Generals are the top-seeded East team from Region III, the Kats appear to have their number as the fourth-seeded team from the West. After four meetings this season, Erie has won three, despite being out-hit in every contest.
During the Kats' Florida trip, they had a span of six games where they won five with two of those wins coming against the Generals. The Kats have been consistent in scoring five runs in each of the four Herkimer matchups with the only distinguishable difference being that the Kats have had a higher multi-base hit in each of their three wins.
In Erie's initial 5-2 win in the first of two games March 11, the best multi-base hit of the game was a home run – by Erie. In the matinee matchup where the Kats won 5-4, the game's best multi-base hits were doubles – both by the Kats. In Game Two of the playoffs, the game's best multi-base hit was a triple – by the Kats. The team whose hits have either scored runs or put runners in the best scoring positions have come away with the victory each time.
In Erie's only loss to Herkimer in the first playoff game May 14, Herkimer had the best multi-base hit with a home run. In both playoff games this past weekend, the Kats took 1-0 leads. Herkimer responded with a big six-run inning and never looked back in the first game, while Erie got out of the gate with a run in the first inning of the second game and never trailed.
The hottest hitter for Erie in the playoffs so far is Jordan Huber with a .714 batting average and a pair of RBI. The freshman registered one third of the team's total hits from both games by going 5-for-7 at the plate with one double.
The Kats were more dominant on the mound in their 5-3 win. Mike DeLeo went the distance with nine strikeouts and just one walk in giving up eight hits over nine innings. DeLeo threw 26 more strikes than the combined total of the Herkimer pitchers, who walked five and had a combined seven strikeouts.