Westchester Sports Recap0

BASEBALL (RECORD 16-9 REGION 3-5 CONFERENCE 3-5)

THURSDAY APRIL 11 (Valhalla, NY) – Four Vikings had two hits apiece, and sophomore Steve Guzman (Bronx, NY/John F. Kennedy HS) reached base five times, but the Westchester Community College Baseball team lost its sixth consecutive game, 18-5 on Thursday at Vikings Field. With the loss, Westchester is now 13-9 overall and 0-5 in Mid-Hudson Conference/Region XV play.

It was the best start to a game the Vikings have had in several games as freshman pitcher Michael Cox (Cortlandt Manor, NY/Walter Panas HS) got out of the first inning unscathed. The Vikings rewarded him with four runs in the bottom of the opening frame. An RBI double by CJ Spence (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS), a sacrifice fly by Steve Messerchmitt (Carmel, NY/Carmel HS), and two-RBI double by Chris Cipriano (Irvington, NY/Dobbs Ferry HS) gave the hosts a 4-0 lead.

Two innings later a Brian McBride (Putnam Valley, NY/Putnam Valley HS) single scored Cipriano to make it 5-0 in favor of Westchester after three innings. However, from there, the tide turned complete as the Vikings combined for only three hits the rest of the way, while the Orange CC bats came alive. The visiting Colts (8-9, 2-3) responded with 18 consecutive runs during the six, seventh and eighth innings for their second conference/region win of the season.

Errors once again changed the entire complexion of the game as the Vikings committed eight of them, and allowed eight unearned runs. Cox was strong overall, allowing six earned runs over six innings, while striking out nine Orange batters, and walking only one.

Guzman went 2 for 2 with three walks and a run scored, while Spence, Messerschmitt, and Hailyn Gonzalez (Bronx, NY/Bronx Envision Academy) had two hits apiece.

FRIDAY APRIL 12 (Valhalla, NY) – It was not that his stellar performance saved the day for the Westchester Community College baseball team, as much as Dylan Sabia (Mahopac, NY/Iona Prep) and his electric right arm may have saved the season. That is, as long as Friday’s performance is a sign of things to come and the Vikings are able to play their way back into Mid-Hudson Conference and Region XV championship contention. Sabia threw his first career shutout, a complete-game two-hitter during which he struck out nine and walked on three batters, and the WCC bats came alive for an 11-run fourth inning as the Vikings got back in the win column, 12-0 on Friday at Viking Field.

With the win, Westchester is now 14-9 for the 2019 season, and more importantly, they are in the win column in Mid-Hudson Conference/Region XV play for the first time this season, and are now 1-5. The win broke a six-game losing streak.

24 hours after what could have been the lowest point this proud program has faced in many years, a an 18-5 loss to the visiting Colts during which Orange scored the final 18 runs of the game, Westchester was a different team on Friday in every facet of the game. The Vikings played stellar defense, combined for 13 hits, and every WCC batter scored at least one run.

After he pitched a 1-2-3 top of the first inning, during which he struck out two batters, the Vikings wasted no time taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Steve Guzman (Bronx, NY/John F. Kennedy HS) led things off with a triple and, one pitch later, freshman CJ Spence (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS) drove Guzman home with a double to open the scoring.

From there, neither team threaten to score for three straight innings, as Sabia took command from the start, until Westchester broke open in the biggest way possible during the bottom of the fourth inning. That inning, the Vikings sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 11 times, with every WCC position player scoring at least one run during the frame. Five extra base hits marked the inning, including a two RBI double by Aaron Roman (Pelham, NY/Pelham HS), and a three-RBI bases loaded triple by Chris Cipriano (Irvington, NY/Dobbs Ferry HS). The monster inning marked the fourth time this season that Westchester scored 10 runs or more during a single frame.

Sabia recorded his final two strikeouts during the top of the fifth inning to end the game.

Five Vikings had two hits apiece. Guzman went two for three with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Spence went two for four with two RBI’s. Roman enjoyed perhaps his finest game of the season, going two for three with three RBI’s.

SATURDAY APRIL 13 (Middletown, NY) – Sophomore Luis Gomez (Bronx, NY/St. Raymond’s) tied the all-time career wins record for a Westchester Community College pitchers, tossing a complete game, while striking out six batters. Freshman Michael Cox (Cortlandt Manor, NY/Walter Panas HS) continued his torrid stretch at the plate as the Westchester Community College Baseball team swept a doubleheader from Orange Community College, 14-9 and 7-3 on Sunday at Orange CC. With their second and third consecutive wins, the Vikings are now 16-9 overall and 3-5 in Mid-Hudson Conference and Region XV play.

By improving to 3-1 this season, Gomez now has 14 career wins, tying Anthony Shkrelja, who played for WCC during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

The opener saw Orange CC (8-12, 2-6) score twice during the opening inning, but Westchester’s bats come alive from there. The Vikings scored three runs during the second inning, and then five runs during the fourth and fifth innings to take a 13-3 lead. Orange rallied late to close the gap, but the effort was not enough.

Sophomore Steve Guzman (Bronx, NY/John F. Kennedy HS) had another fine day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three RBI’s and two runs scored. He reached base four times during the game. Cox, sophomore Steve Messerschmitt (Carmel, NY/Carmel HS), freshman Aaron Roman (Pelham, NY/Pelham HS), and freshman Brian McBride (Putnam Valley, NY/Putnam Valley HS) had two hits apiece, with Cox scoring three times, and Roman driving in three runs. Westchester knocked out 14 hits, and walked six times.

Freshman Hector Camacho (Harrison, NY/Harrison HS) pitched into the sixth inning to earn his second win of the season, and Cox closed out the game coming in for a scoreless relief appearance.

The nightcap saw Westchester’s bats cool a bit, but their seven runs were more than enough for Gomez, who improved to 3-1. The Vikings scored during each of the first four innings to take a 6-0 lead, and cruise from there.

Messerschmitt went two for four with two RBI’s and two runs scored, including his second home run of the 2019 season. Guzman and Cox had two hits apiece. Also for Westchester, freshman CJ Spence (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS) drove in two runs.

Westchester Community College Baseball sophomore Steve Guzman (Bronx, NY/John F. Kennedy HS) has been named the Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week after one of the finest weeks of what has been an incredible baseball career for Guzman. The sophomore shortstop was an integral component of Westchester’s 3-1 stretch that saw the Vikings break a six-game losing streak, and earn their first three conference victories of the season.

For the week, Guzman hit an incredible .692 (9 for 13) with six runs scored, five walks, and four RBI’s, all as Westchester’s leadoff batter. He also made only one error at shortstop over the four games.

Guzman’s best game was during the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader at Orange Community College when he went 3 for 4 with a walk, three RBI’s and two runs scored as Westchester earned a 14-9 win.

For the 2019 season, Guzman is batting a team-leading .411 with 18 RBI’s. He leads the Vikings in batting average; OPS (1.183), runs scored (34), slugging percentage (.616), walks (27), and on-base percentage (.567).

Guzman becomes the third Viking to earn Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week honors during Baseball season, joining Jhojandy Hernandez (Bronx, NY/Salesian) and Michael Cox (Cortlandt Manor, NY/Walter Panas HS)

GOLF

MONDAY APRIL 8 (Medford, NY) – Freshman John DeMase (Somers, NY/Somers HS) began his Westchester Community College with a top-five individual finish, shooting an 83. Sophomore Matthew Rice (Lagrangeville, NY/Arlington HS) began his 2019 campaign on a high note with a 96 as the Westchester Community College Golf team opened the 2019 season with a solid second place finish at the Suffolk Community College tournament at Millpond Golf Course on Monday, April 8.

Westchester finished three strokes ahead of Region XV powerhouse Suffolk CC for the runner-up standing, trailing only Nassau Community College during the five-team event.

How good was DeMase? During his first collegiate competition, DeMase recorded a final score beaten only four times by a Viking golfer during the entire 2018 season, a season during which Westchester CC earned the Mid-Hudson Conference Championship, and sent an individual qualifier to the NJCAA National Golf Championships. No golfer outside of Nassau Community College had a better day than DeMase. Rice was also outstanding, breaking 100 for the first time during his college golf career.

Also for WCC, sophomore Cian Guilfoyle (Yonkers, NY/Yonkers Montessori Academy) finished with a career-best 97, while freshmen Matthew Matera (South Salem, NY/Kennedy Catholic) and Elio Jimenez (Port Chester, NY/Port Chester HS) began their Viking careers with strong finishes, scoring a 100 and 115, respectively.

TRACK

Freshman Malik Sainnoval (Brentwood, NY/Brentwood HS) had a fantastic day, finishing the 100-Meter dash in an outstanding 12.19, and leading the Men’s 1600-Meter Sprint Relay team to a victory. Sophomore Alysha Owens (Mount Vernon, NY/Mount Vernon HS) qualified for the NJCAA National Championships in her second event in as many weeks as the Westchester Community College Track & Field team enjoyed an outstanding performance at the Queensborough Community College Relays on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 in Bayside, New York. While there were no team results recorded, Westchester proved to be fiercely competitive among a talented field.

Owens, who qualified for the NJCAA Championships in the Discus Throw two weeks ago at the Mount Saint Mary College Invitational, finished second in the Shot Put with a throw of 9.67 meters to easily qualify in that event for the NJCAA Championships. While she did not place in the Hammer Throw, Owens’s practice attempts were close enough to the qualification threshold that she very well could qualify for three events at the May National Championships.

Sainnoval was terrific, particularly while competing in the Sprint Relay event as he, freshman Kumani McLean (Tarrytown, NY/Irvington HS), freshman Nestor Ortiz (Irvington, NY/Irvington HS), and freshman Travis Patterson (Yonkers, NY/Roosevelt HS) became the first Viking relay team to earn an event victory.

Also for Westchester, freshman Randy Culcay (Ossining, NY/Ossining HS) earned a top-10 finish in the 10,000-Meter run (39.41), sophomore Giovanni Castillo (North White Plains, NY/Valhalla HS) earned an eighth place finish in the Hammer Throw (24.10 Meters), and the WCC 4×100 Meter Relay team and 4×400 Meter Relay team earned top-five finishes.

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