ONONDAGA -- Columbia-Greene Community College's season came to an end on Tuesday as the Twins fell to Onondaga Community College, 11-3, in the Region III Softball Tournament.
The Twins threatened in the first inning as Jenna Poulsen had an infield single, followed by a Holly Kleinmeier walk with one out. Kaylee Hoffman hit into a fielder's choice and then Justine Albin grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.
Onondaga came out on first in the first inning, plating four runs, thanks to an error and three consecutive hits.
The Blazers added two more in the second to boost their lead to 6-0.
The Twins began to chip away in the third. After a lead-off single by Baylee Cox, Holly Kleinmeier blasted a monster home run on a 3-2 count to deep center field to trim the lead to 6-2. Hoffman and Albin would follow that up with back-to-back singles but would be left stranded.
The Twins went down in order in the fourth and Onondaga came back with five more runs to put the game out of reach.
C-GCC gtallied its final run in the fifth on an RBI single by Jaci Gehring.
“Tough way to go out," Columbia-Greene coach Peter Dedrick said. "We put our selves in a early hole and couldn’t dig our way out of it. Offensively, we did a good job with nine hits, but couldn’t take advantage of it and stranded to many runners. Onondaga took advantage of the opportunities we gave them. They had 11 runs on 11 hits and we had three runs on nine hits and that was the difference.
“You could see the big lay-off we had with cancellations had an affect on us early on. We just weren’t quite our selves to begin with.”
Despite the loss, Dedrick was proud of his team and the effort the players gave all season.
“It was a great season with some great memories," he said. "We return six freshman and look to have a big recruiting class coming in that can put us right back in contention next year. No days off for our coaching staff as it’s right back out there to continue recruiting and start looking at the sophomores and juniors for the years ahead.”
The Twins finish with a 15-8 record.