NECC Observer

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NECC Baseball team turns it around

Offensive outburst powers April turnaround

The NECC Knights baseball team bounced back in a big way during the month of April.  They entered the month having only gone 4-11 to start the season, according to information made available on the NECC athletic page, and in need of a winning streak in the worst kind of way. Well that’s exactly what they got. They have gone 14-3 with one game left to play in the month of April against University of Connecticut at Avery Point on the 30th.  This month of scorching hot play has put them at 18-14 on the year, with a 9-4 record for conference play. The key to this turnaround seems to be an unstoppable offense that has been putting up mind boggling numbers. So far in the month of April they have averaged a shade over 14 runs a game.

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They only failed to get double digit runs 4 times, one less time than they managed over to score over 20 runs. This offensive outburst was highlighted by two players being name the National Junior College’ Athletic Association player of the week.  Sophomore Infielder Leo Romero of Lawrence, MA won the first one for the week of April 1st to 7th. During this week he went 9 of 11 with 3 home runs and knocking in 13 runs, according to stats kept by NECC athletics, leading the Knights to a perfect 3-0 to start off the month. That was followed by Freshman do-everything man Spencer Brown of Beverly, MA putting on an all-around showcase for the week of April 15-21.  During this week he was a force of nature,  going 13 for 19, knocking in 17 runs and hitting 7 home runs. Of those 7 home runs, 6 came on one day in a doubleheader  sweep against Massasoit Community college, according to the NECC athletic page.

In addition to his work at the plate, he also pitched 3 innings during one of the games against Massasoit and picked up the win, to cap off a truly remarkable week. NECC will look to keep the momentum going int the month of May. A 9-4 conference record has them right in the thick of the playoff race, and a stellar May will be all they need to extend their season. If the offense keeps up the pace, that’ll surely be an easy task for the team to accomplish.