The Division III Baseball Regional Championship Tournament begins this weekend with the cross sectional matchups. The top two seeds from both the Eastern and Western Sections will play host to the third and fourth seeds from the opposite section. Each team will play a pair of nine inning games on Saturday with a third game scheduled for Sunday, in the event that the two teams split the Saturday double-header. The four winners this weekend will then be seeded as they compete in a double-elimination tournament for the Region III title and a trip to the Division III National Championship Tournament.
Hudson Valley Community College and Erie Community College will get the action started on Saturday at 12:00 when they square off in their cross-sectional series. HVCC earned the second seed in the East Section finishing sectional play at 15-3, 22-9 overall, while Erie enters the post season as the third seed from the West at 26-18 overall with a 17-7 Sectional Record. Both teams enter the weekend having won seven of their last ten games.
Niagara County Community College earned the top seed in the Western Section after a 21-4 season in the West Section of Region III and an overall record of 36-7. The Thunderwolves enter the post season as the nation's fifth ranked team riding a eight game win streak. NCCC will host the fourth seed from the east, Cayuga Community College. Cayuga completed their first season in program history in 2019 with an overall record of 19-14, 13-10 in the East Section. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon.
Finger Lakes Community College will host SUNY Adirondack in a cross sectional matchup that is also scheduled to kick off at 1:00 on Saturday. Finger Lakes finished the season 35-19, 24-8 using a mid-season ten game win streak to help secure home field in the cross sectional round of the Region III post-season. Adirondack enters the post season at 12-9 in the East with an overall record of 15-21. The Timberwolves got off to a hot start in Regional play winning their first six games and used that start to secure the third seed in the East.
Herkimer College earned the top seed in the East and will host Genesee Community College, the fourth seed in the west. Herkimer enters the tournament as the reigning Region III Champion and as the second ranked team in the nation in Division III with a 29-3 overall record, 20-1 in sectional play. Genesee finished the season 29-18 and 17-10 in Region III's West Section. Game 1 is slated for 3:00 pm on Saturday.
Results from all tournament games can be found on the Region III Scoreboard.