Garret Hunter (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox H.S.) and Charlie Hammel (Rochester/Rush-Henrietta H.S.) have made history at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The sophomores were voted to the Region III Gold Glove team, becoming the first two Panthers baseball players ever honored for their defensive skills. Voting on the Gold Glove team was done by coaches from the 17 Region III teams, with the Region III selections now eligible for inclusion on the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Gold Glove Team.
Two Tompkins Cortland Community College players have earned spots on the Mid-State Athletic Conference baseball all-conference team. In voting by the coaches from the six MSAC programs, Garret Hunter (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox H.S.) and Alex Babcock (Cortland/Cortland H.S.) were selected for the 15-player team.
The most successful season in the history of Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball came to an end Saturday as the Panthers lost its opening round series in the NJCAA Region III playoffs. The Panthers, the #3 team in the West Division, traveled to Amsterdam, New York to take on the #2 team from the East Division, Hudson Valley Community College, and got swept 11-5 and 15-7 to lose the series to the Vikings. Tompkins Cortland’s season ends with a record of 22-16; Hudson Valley advances to the Region III Championship tournament next weekend with a record of 24-12.
For just the second time in the history of the program, and the first time since 2010, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team has qualified for the postseason. The Panthers finished the regular season in third place in the NJCAA Region III West Division and will now take on the second place finisher in the East Division, Hudson Valley Community College, in the first round of the regional playoffs. The Panthers and Vikings will square off in a best two-out-of-three series this weekend in the Capitol District. The teams will play two nine-inning games on Saturday with a final game on Sunday, if needed. The winner will advance to the regional final four, which is played as a double-elimination tournament starting Friday, May 11 in Little Falls.
For the first time since 2010, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team is heading to the playoffs. The Panthers qualified for the NJCAA Region III postseason by sweeping Onondaga Community College in the regular season finale Tuesday, 5-1 and 7-6. The wins put the Panthers into third place in the West Division with a record of 15-10 in division. With other teams in the division playing their final games on Thursday, the Panthers could finish either second, third, or fourth in the West, with the top four teams advancing to the playoffs. The wins over Onondaga improve the Panthers overall record to 22-14, the most wins in a season in the history of the program.
The playoff hopes of the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team are alive and well. On Sunday, the Panthers completed a weekend sweep of four games from SUNY Broome Community College, taking both ends of the home doubleheader by scores of 4-2. The wins move the Panthers to 20-14 overall and 13-10 in the West Division. With just two games left, the Panthers are now in position to control their own destiny – a pair of wins over Onondaga Community College on Tuesday would put the Panthers in position to return to the Region III playoffs for the first time since 2010.