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Knights Baseball Closes Out With a Bang

The Knights closed out the year with four straight road wins over NHTI, Massasoit Community College and Quinsigamond Community College. Over the four games, the Knights outscored their opponents 40-12, which has been the case for much of the season.

On April 29, the Knights traveled to Concord, N.H. to face off against NHTI. In a shortened game (five innings), NECC blasted NHTI, 16-4. After four innings, the scored was still close (5-3 Knights), but an 11-run top of the fifth changed everything.

Jerry Hernandez and Ryan Decker combined for a six-hit outing on the mound for the Knights.

Colby Maiola was 1-for-3 on the day with an RBI and three runs scored. Michael Crisostomo belted his first home run of the year, a grand slam, and finished with four RBIs. Jacob Rayner (3-for-4) and Ellidio Reyes (1-for-4) each had two RBIs in the win. Rayner also hit two doubles. Ryley Warnock went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored.

The Knights went right back to work the next day, traveling to play at Massasoit Community College. While NECC didn’t have as big of a day on offense, they still managed six runs. They also brought Ryan McAuliffe out on the mound, and he delivered.

McAuliffe went seven strong innings, giving up just two hits and no runs while striking out five. Gianni Esposito came in to finish the game off, going two innings. He gave up one run on one hit and struck out three.

Third baseman Colby Ingraham was the big man on offense in this one, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs on the day. Warnock and Crisostomo each recorded two hits, while Keith Linnane
went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

The Knights closed out the season with a trip to play a doubleheader on the road against Quinsigamond Community College. The Knights took both games, winning the first game 6-2 and the second game 12-5.
Zarif Pajazetovic got the win in the first game, going four innings of five-hit, one-run baseball with three strikeouts. Robert Barry came in relief and pitched three innings. He gave up one run on two hits while striking out three.

Warnock had another big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. MacDaniel Singleton recorded two hits and an RBI. Reyes, Rayner, Cole Josselyn and Nicholas Turco each recorded an RBI in the win.

The second game was a bit closer despite the 12-5 score. After five innings, the score was tied 5-5. Then the Knights had one of their patented big innings, scoring seven times in the eighth inning to run away with the game.

Anthony Dally started the game, giving up five runs on seven hits in five innings of work. Esposito came in and pitched 1.1 innings of shutout ball, and then Warnock stepped in to finish it off. He ended up going 1.2 innings and giving up no runs and no hits to collect the win.

Maiola led the team with three hits on the day, while four players (Warnock, Ingraham, Reyes and Singleton) each recorded two hits. Reyes and Maiola each had two RBIs, while Reyes, Ingraham and Singleton each had one. Linnane also drove in two runs in the win.

The Knights have finished the regular season with a 25-2 record. They will resume play in the
Region XXI playoffs next week.

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