The Suffolk County Community College softball team is two wins away from a Junior College World Series title.
The Sharks advanced to the national semifinal with a 10-3 victory over Rowan College on Friday, followed by a 7-5 win against St. Cloud Technical and Community College in games at Rochester, Minnesota.
Cori Augustine allowed two earned runs in a complete game against Rowan. Shortstop Jessica Parente went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Right fielder Paige Baker went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run against St. Cloud Tech. Courtney Lawrence came on in relief of Augustine against St. Cloud and did not allow a run in 1 2⁄3 innings.
Suffolk entered as the eighth and final seed, and will face Herkimer College Saturday at 1 p.m. A win would put the Sharks up against three-time defending national champion Rock Valley College in the final at 3.
“Getting this far means so much,” Augustine said. “Proving that we can beat the higher seeds and the doubters wrong is great.”
The host Suffolk County CC baseball team won 4-3 against Northern Essex Community College in 11 innings in Game 1 of the District F Championship Series. Game 2, and an opportunity to advance to the Junior College World Series, will be Saturday at 1 p.m.