NECC Observer

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

Knights baseball team prepares for Regionals

After a 29 game regular season, the Northern Essex baseball team finished with a final record of 19-10, winning their last 16 of 21 contests.

The Knights opened up their season inMarch, going down to New Jersey and Pennsylvania to play two top 10 nationally rankedopponents: Northampton Community College and Rowan-Gloucester.

After losing all four games to Rowan-Gloucester, NECC came back with a commanding 3-1 series win the followin  gweekend at Northampton.

After a few rough patches early in the season, the Knights started to put the pieces together when April came around.

The weekend of May 22nd is when the Northern Essex baseball team plans to head back down to Rowan for the NJCAA Regionals with a chance to go to the World Series in Tennessee.

With about two weeks before their next scheduled game, they are going to intersquad weekly to keep the competitive edge in the team.

Coach Mejia is looking forward to getting the chance toplay Rowan again.

He is confident in his team’s ability, and the level of baseball that they wereplaying in March is incomparable to how they have played in recent games.

This past baseball season was unlike any other due to covid restrictions and different state’s laws regarding social distancing.

Northern Essex usually kicks off the season with 10-12 games in Florida during spring vacation, and then returns to conference play against othe rcommunity colleges for the remainder of the season.

For the 2021 season, Northern Essex was one of the only community colleges to pursue having a season.

Every team in the conference that Northern Essex competes in cancelled their season, including rival Community College of Rhode Island. This caused the Knights to play NCAA sanctioned schools when they were available, making it tougher opponents and less games.

Even though there have been many ups and downs to the season, the Knights have continued to persevere and stay focused on their goals.