BINGHAMTON - It was both a thrilling, and a disappointing, day on the baseball diamond for Jamestown Community College as the Jayhawks split their NJCAA Region 3 Division III doubleheader with host Broome CC on Saturday.
Jamestown (10-19, 9-9) pulled out an eight-inning victory, 8-6, in the opening game, but surrendered an unearned run with two outs late in the nightcap on the way to a 1-0 defeat.
The first game was knotted at six runs apiece heading into the eighth inning before the Jayhawks plated a pair to take the advantage. Closer Christian VanNote, who had blown the save with his squad leading by a run an inning earlier, then shut the door in the bottom half of the eighth to clinch the victory.
At the plate, VanNote went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, three runs scored and an RBI, Imaziah McIntosh was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, and Kody Kondrilk 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
Jake Harford started the contest and took the no-decision after hurling 4 innings and surrendering 10 hits, five runs (three earned), two walks and six strikeouts.
"He pitched well," JCC coach Dick Adams said. "We just kicked the ball around behind him a couple of times. We don't make those errors, and he probably gets the win."
JCC, in the end, escaped unscathed in game one despite committing two errors. It wasn't so lucky, however, in game two.
Ryan Songer suffered the hard-luck loss, pitching effectively through six innings and surrendering just one hit, two walks and a single run (unearned), which was scored in the sixth frame.
With two outs and two on, a Broome batter hit a fly ball into the outfield that was mishandled, allowing the game-deciding run to cross the plate.
The Jayhawks, meanwhile, could manage just three hits as VanNote and Borowski each singled and Elio Gonzalez doubled.
At least Jamestown won't have to wait long for a shot at redemption. It hosts Broome at Diethrick Park today with the first game of a planned doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.