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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Camden’s Palmer named NAC Pitcher of the Week

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 4/12/23

SUNY Cobleskill pitcher Wyatt Palmer (Camden) was named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Baseball Pitcher of the Week.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Camden’s Palmer named NAC Pitcher of the Week


SUNY Cobleskill pitcher Wyatt Palmer (Camden) was named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Baseball Pitcher of the Week after the senior’s complete-game performance helped the Fighting Tigers open defense of their NAC Western Division championship with a 5-2 victory over SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

Palmer shut out the Wildcats for seven innings before Cobleskill gave up two unearned runs in the final two innings. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound right-hander threw 111 pitches, scattered eight hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out two.

Palmer, now 1-1 this season, was honored as the NAC Pitcher of the Year in 2022 after he went 7-2 with a 2.86 ERA.

Siena College’s Vincenzo Castronovo (Utica/Proctor) had three hits in a 7-2 loss to Rider College.

Le Moyne College’s Zach Brush (New York Mills) had three hits in a 21-7 loss to Southern Connecticut State. The Dolphins also lost twice to Southern Connecticut the following day, but Le Moyne’s Dewey Roden (Sherrill/VVS) had two hits and two RBIs in the opener and had two more hits and an RBI in the second game.

Utica University’s Dom Fasolo (Whitesboro) had three hits and an RBI as the Pioneers completed a weekend sweep with an 11-4 win over Keuka College. In Utica’s 13-9 win over Keuka, pitcher Ryan Cardone (Whitesboro) struck out seven and improved to 2-1, Fasolo had two hits including an RBI triple, John Longeretta (Oriskany) had three hits and two RBIs, and Joe Crossley (Marcy/Whitesboro) also had three hits for the Pioneers.

Union College’s Caleb Miller (Westmoreland) had two hits and two RBIs in an 11-3 win over Bard College, and the freshman catcher also had two hits and an RBI in the Dutchmen’s 10-4 loss to Bard.

SUNY Cortland’s Hunter Holliday (Camden) had a solo homer and a double in a 14-10 win over SUNY Fredonia.

SUNY Oswego’s Blake VanDreason (Sherrill/VVS) hit a three-run home run in a 12-1 win over SUNY Fredonia.

Purdue University reliever Avery Cook (Whitesboro) struck out two in a scoreless inning as the Boilermakers rolled to a 15-3 win over Minnesota.

St. John Fisher University reliever Bryce Collis (Whitesboro) struck out six in two scoreless innings of a 15-1 win over Keuka College, and the sophomore then fanned two more batters in a scoreless eighth inning as the Cardinals beat Russell Sage College 15-3.

Mohawk Valley Community College pitcher Jacob Beer (Holland Patent) threw a complete game, allowing two earned runs and striking out nine in a 6-4 win over Columbia-Greene Community College.

Onondaga Community College’s Mike Benedetto (Holland Patent) went 4-for-8 with two RBIs to help the Lazers sweep Jamestown Community College 16-7 and 16-5 in a junior college doubleheader.

Simone has 14 RBIs in three softball games

Cazenovia College softball player Olivia Simone (Whitesboro) went 9-for-11 and drove in 14 runs during the Wildcats’ three-game weekend sweep of NAC rival SUNY Canton. She was 4-for-4 with three doubles and seven RBIs in a 26-4 win, and when Cazenovia beat Canton twice the following day, Simone had two hits and two RBIs in an 8-0 win and was 3-for-3 with two more doubles and five RBIs in a 15-2 victory.

Simone, a junior catcher, entered the week leading the NAC with 28 hits and 24 RBIs in 20 games, and she was the conference’s second-leading hitter with a .491 batting average.

Meanwhile, one of the NAC’s top pitchers, SUNY Poly’s Trinity Critelli (Frankfort/Frankfort-Schuyler), helped her Wildcats extend their winning streak to seven games. She struck out 12 in a five-inning, 10-2 win over SUNY Cobleskill, and when SUNY Poly swept the Tigers in a doubleheader the next day, Critelli improved to 8-1 with a win in the opener and picked up her first save of the season in the second game.

Critelli did not allow an earned run, walked one and struck out 11 in the 8-2 win, and she struck out two in two scoreless innings as a reliever in SUNY Poly’s 5-4 win. The senior entered the week leading the NAC with a 1.17 ERA and she was second in opponents’ batting average (.215) and strikeouts (99).

In SUNY Poly’s doubleheader sweep, Kimberly Birmingham (Camden) had three hits and an RBI, Aeron Hamm (Oriskany) had two hits and three RBIs, and Gabriella Ellixson (Whitesboro/Notre Dame) had two hits in the opener. Pitcher Joy Stevens (Whitesboro) improved to 3-0 as the Game 2 starter.

Utica University’s Erica Sanford (Boonville/Adirondack) had three hits and two RBIs in an 18-9 win over Keuka College, and teammate Jordyn Conte (Newport/West Canada Valley) pitched a five-hitter, struck out nine and improved to 4-1 in the Pioneers’ 8-3 win over Elmira College.

Nazareth College’s Maggie Burdick (Utica/West Canada Valley) had two hits and three RBIs in a 7-1 win over Alfred University.

Throwers Swavely, Kozyra star in track and field

Utica University’s Justin Swavely (Rome/RFA) was named the Empire 8 Conference’s Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season and Le Moyne College’s Madison Kozyra (Marcy/Whitesboro) set a school record in the discus throw.

Swavely won the javelin throw at 193 feet, 4 inches – the 11th-best throw in NCAA Division III track so far this season – during the Utica Pioneers Spring Invitational, and Kozyra set a Le Moyne record when she placed second in the discus with a throw of 134 feet, 8 inches, during the Geneseo Invitational.

At the Pioneers’ Spring Invitational, Utica’s Andy Hadasz (Whitesboro) was runner-up in the 100-meter dash (11.11) and 200 (22.60), and teammate Andrew Weider (Clinton) was second in the pole vault (11-5 1/2). Hamilton College’s Saleh Eltayeb (Utica/Proctor) placed second in the long jump with a leap of 22-3 ¾.

In the women’s meet, Utica’s Jade Dening (Remsen) was a member of the winning 4x400 relay and she was runner-up in the 1,500-meter run (4:59.84), and teammate Mackenzie Mix (Camden) was second in the 100 (12.72) and the 200 (26.18). Mohawk Valley Community College freshman Taylor Harvey (Clinton) won the 5,000-meter run in 18:52.12 and Hamilton College’s Leah Basel (Poland) was runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles (17.33).

At the RIT Invitational, Brockport University’s Sarah Crockett (Rome/RFA) won the shot put with a toss of 42-1 ¼ and she was third in the discus with a throw of 126-4.

Deveans scores five goals in lacrosse win

Medaille University’s Katelynn Deveans (Clinton) scored five goals in a 17-5 women’s lacrosse win over SUNY Canton. She also scored four times in the Mavericks’ 18-14 loss to Nazareth College.

St. John Fisher University’s Mary Fiorentino (New Hartford) had two goals and two assists in an 11-9 win over SUNY Geneseo, and her two goals and three assists helped the 24th-ranked Cardinals beat Utica University 16-5.

Grace Stuhlman (Whitesboro) had two goals and one assist and Abigail Gerling (Whitesboro) also scored twice for the Pioneers.

SUNY Morrisville’s Aria Treadway (Rome/RFA) scored three times in a 23-3 win over Wells College, and Alfred University’s Abigail Call (Rome/RFA) had a goal in an 18-11 loss to Russell Sage College.

In men’s lacrosse, Herkimer College’s Ryan Mierek (Holland Patent) scored twice in a 24-1 win over MVCC.


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