2015 SEASON IN REVIEW 37-13
3rd Place NJCAA Division II WORLD SERIES
The 2015 UCAP Baseball season will go down in the history of the program as one of the most successful seasons, culminating with a 3rd Place finish at the NJCAA Division II World Series at David Allen Memorial Field in Enid, OK.
The 2015 season marked the programs 13th NJCAA Division II New England Championship. The Pointers won the New England Regional Championship by sweeping the-best-of-three playoff with the Community College of Rhode Island. Winning Game 1, 4-0 behind Doug Domnarski’s no-hitter and Game 2, 4-0 behind winning pitcher Chris Gonnelli. Doug Domnarski was voted Playoff MVP.
Avery Point advanced to the NJCAA Division II East District Tournament hosted by UCAP at Washington Park. Joining Region XXI Champions Avery Point were, Region 15 Champion Westchester Community College, Westchester, NY and Region 3 Champion, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY. UCAP won Game 1 vs’s Westchester C.C. 5-3 behind winning pitcher, Doug Domnarski and Garrett DeLotto’s 3 RBI’s. The Pointers went 2-0 by defeating Monroe C.C. 11-7, behind winning pitcher Pete Aldrich and an 18 hit attack led by Nick Perelli, Garrett DeLotto and Avery Santos. UCAP lost Game 3, 11-10 to Monroe C.C. in an exciting classic game, which would have clinched a trip to the World Series. A winner-take-all East Championship game followed in Game 4, another memorable game, went down to the last pitch as UCAP won 7-6 with Pete Aldrich saving the game, and a Division II East Championship for UCAP. Garrett DeLotto was the offensive star with 4 RBI’s while being voted Most Valuable Player of the East District Tournament.
UCAP advanced to the NJCAA Division II World Series hosted at David Allen Stadium in Enid, OK. The Pointers won their opening game vs Madison Area Tech College, Wisconsin 3-2, winning pitcher Doug Domnarski went 7 1/3 innings surrendering only 4 hits with 9 K’s. John Russell earned the save pitching 1 2/3 innings. Izzy Davila was the offensive standout with 2 RBI’s.
Game 2: UCAP vs Kellogg C.C. Michigan, was another notable game losing 4-3 in 10 innings. Andrew Hickley and Pete Aldrich pitched well in the loss. Nick Perrelli, Garrett DeLotto and Avery Santos had 2 hits each.
Game 3: the Pointers were matched up against Scottsdale Community College, Arizona, in a loser’s bracket game. Jumping out to a 7-1 early lead and holding onto a 7-5 win behind winning pitcher Chris Gonnelli and Pete Aldrich’s save. Izzy Davila had 3 RBI’s and Avery Santos had 2 RBI’s. Joel Acosta, Kyle Hart and Garrett DeLotto had 2 hits each.
Game 4: UCAP faced Kellogg Community College once again, winning 12-10 in a great comeback win. Down 5-0 after 2 innings, The Pointers mounted a terrific comeback scoring 5 runs in the 8th inning to take the lead. Pete Aldrich once again, was the key reliever earing the win with 2 shutout innings to finish the game. Offensive stars were, Nick Landell with 4 hits, Kyle Hart, 3 hits, 4 RBI’s, Nick Perrelli and Andrew Hinckley with 3 hits each. Joel Acosta , 2 hits, 2 RBI’s, Izzy Davila, 2 hits, Garrett DeLotto, 2 hits, 2 RBI’s, – totaling a season high of 20 hits.
Game 5: UCAP faced 3-time National Champion LSU, Eunice. An unforgettable game for the ages that went 13 innings and 5 hours. LSU Eunice won 16-14 to eliminate UCAP. Described by the LSU Coach Jeff Willis as, “the best game he has ever been a part of”. The Pointers gave everything they had, running on fumes, using 7 pitchers. The game was highlighted by a heroic effort by Andrew Hinckley’s 5 2/3 innings pitched in relief. 19 hits by Avery Point; Andrew Hinckley, Avery Santos, Izzy Davila, Jordan Kowalski had 3 hits each. Joel Acosta and Avery Santos had 3 RBI’s each.
The Pointers finished the World Series with a 3-2 record and a 3rd Place finish. The second best World Series performance in school history, only bested by the 2010 National Runner-Up team.