CORNING - The Red Barons opened up conference play on Saturday with a split at home against Jefferson Community College. Jefferson took the first game 6-3, while Corning rallied for a 5-4 win in the second game.
In the first game, Jefferson held a 2-0 early advantage and added to its lead in the fourth inning on a two RBI triple from Hunter Holliday. A wild pitch to the next batter scored Holliday and extended the lead to 5-0.
Corning got one run back in the bottom of the inning on a Hector Vargas single that plated Zach DeVito.
The Red Barons cut the deficit again in the bottom of the sixth inning when Vargas drew a one out walk and came around to score on a Braxten Ramirez single two batters later. Chris McKibben brought home Ramirez on a single through the right side that pulled Corning to within 5-3.
Jefferson CC got a run back in the top of the seventh as a William Sanborn single brought home Joshua Navarra after a one out triple.
Victor Torres led off the bottom of the inning for Corning by reaching on an error. Two quick outs later, The Red Barons were down to their final batter. DeVito was then hit by a pitch and Jordan Allen walked to load the bases and bring the go-ahead run to the plate.
The Cannoneer's induced a ground ball to the pitcher to end the threat and take game one.
“We put ourselves behind by walking a few guys and they got a couple of big hits with runners on base that broke it open a little,” assistant coach Zach LeBarron said. “On offense, we had our chances and just couldn’t convert them into runs.”
In the second game, Jefferson jumped on Corning early again by scoring three runs in the first three innings including two runs in the second.
The Red Barons scored their first run of the contest in the bottom of the second inning on a Torres ground out that plated Jakai Cobb that cut the Cannoneer lead to 3-1.
Corning broke through in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring two runs in each inning to take a 5-3 lead in to the final frame.
Jefferson was able to scratch across one run in the seventh, but the Red Barons forced a ground ball to third, with the tying runner on third, to earn the split.
“I’ll give our guys a lot of credit for a resilient effort to come back and convert our opportunities in the second game,” said LeBarron.
Corning improves to 1-5 and 1-1 in league play. The Red Barons will host Ithaca College JV on Tuesday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in a non-league contest in their next game.