NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

Knights back to their winning ways

Since March 23, the NECC Knights baseball squad has played 5 games, all away from home. 2 of the games were in NY against Nassau Community College and the others were against Southern Maine, Dean College, and MassBay Community College.

The team traveled to NY on March 26 to take on Nassau CC in a double header, looking for some wins to better their 2-9 record.

The first game of the double header was a close loss, 9-8. The Knight’s top run scorer was shortstop Jordan Roper, who scored 3 runs. Roper also hit a double and 4 stolen bases. 2nd baseman, Traverse Briana, had the most RBI’s in the game with 3.

Anthony Daily was the losing pitcher for NECC. In 5 innings he gave up 9 hits and 5 runs, and he threw 4 strikeouts.

The Knights performed better in the 2nd game of the double header and won the match, 6-2. Briana led the pack in runs, scoring 3 and getting 2 hits. Outfielder, Colby Maiola, had a good game himself, scoring 1 run, getting 2 hits, and 3 RBI’s. One of his hits turned out to be a triple.

Evan Glew was the winning pitcher. In 7 innings he gave up 3 hits and 2 runs, and struck out 9 batters.

After the win, the Knights traveled back to New England to take on Southern Maine CC on March 29, where they won 15-3.

NECC Infielder, Jake Shepley, scored 3 runs and had 2 RBI’s. Shepley also hit a double. Outfielder, John Sirois, hit a home run in the game and had a whopping 6 RBI’s.

Nicholas Bruno was the winning pitcher, he gave up 3 hits, 3 runs, and struck out 5 in 5 innings.

When the Knights were done with Southern Maine, they came back to Mass to face Dean College and then MassBay CC.

NECC defeated Dean, 6-4. Shepley scored 2 runs and had 3 hits. Sirois hit 2 doubles and 4 RBI’s. Pitcher, Robert Barry, won the game. Through 5 innings, Barry gave up 3 runs and 6 hits and he struck out 2.

The Knights then moved on to their next game against MassBay, in which will most definitely be their highest final score of the season, NECC won 31-1. 16 of the runs came in the 3rd inning.

Brahiam Ortega and Xavier Nunez scored 4 runs each, Nunez also had 4 RBI’s and a home run. Keith Linnane, Matt Marquez, and James Foley also hit home runs in the big win.

Glew was the winning pitcher, he only gave up 2 hits and 1 run, and struck out 11 batters.

The Knights record is now 6-10, and they’re only getting better. The baseball team’s home opener is scheduled for April 7 against Holyoke Community College.