NECC Observer

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

The Knights are hot come playoff time

The Northern Essex baseball team has picked up their level of play in recent games,winning 11 out of their last 13 games.

After losing on a walk off walk to Eastern CT, the Knights went on a 5 game win streak before dropping two games in a double header to UCONN AveryPoint.

Dylan Duval, a returner and team captain, has done a phenomenal job being a leader on and off the field.

Whether he is catching all 14 innings in a double header, or making sure that al lof the team equipment is taken care of, he is one of the most focused guys on the field.

Duval is a huge factor in the Knight’s success.

“The older guys on the team that have been around for a few years are so important to theprogram. They set the tone for the younger guys and show them how high expectations arearound here.” said Captain Hunter Wilichoski. “We have a bunch of kids that have been here for a few years because of either injuries or Covid, they know how things work around here.”

CoachMejia has very high expectations of his players, and rightfully so. Considering that he has made it to more NJCAA World Series’ than he hasn’t, losing is not taken lightly by anyone.

The Knights ended the regular season by winning 2 games of a doubleheader against Eastern CT,ending the season with a final record of 19-10.

With about three weeks before playoffs, NECC looks to tighten a few things up beforeheading down to New Jersey for regionals. They are looking forward to their rematch with national powerhouse Rowan-Gloucester on the weekend of May 22nd.

Editor’s Note: Thomas Cattaneo is a member of the NECC Knights baseball team.