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Knights baseball extend their winning streak to nine straight

On April 2 the Knights traveled to Worcester for a double header against Qunsigamond Community College.

The first pitch was at 11:55 a.m. The Knights won game 1 of the doubleheader 5-2.

The Knights also won the first game of the series on Friday.

“It is always important to get off to a good start. Whenever you can win game 1 it puts you in a driver’s seat of a series. Certainly it was good to get game 1 in,” Coach Jeff Mejia said.

Steven Thomas of Worcester for Quinsigamond was on the mound. The Knights Nick Panzini of Methuen led off the game with a walk. Chris Bear of Boston ground out for a double play. Nicholas White of Townsend ground out to shortstop. The Knights went quiet in the first.

Knights in action against  Quinsigamond Community CollegePhoto by Editor-in-Chief/ Sports Editor Jose Rodriguez

Knights in action against Quinsigamond Community College

The Knights had Alex Sweeney of Raymond, N.H., on the mound. Jose Curet of Worcester groundout to Clay Campbell of Goffstown, N.H., for the first out of the inning. Neyffi Sanchez of Worcester hit a single to right field. Thomas hit a fly ball to the center fielder Joseph Settle of Melbourne, Fla., for the second out. Sanchez stole second. Colin Fitzgerald of Auburn hit the ball to the opposite field to right field to end the inning. Both teams were scoreless in the first.

In the second inning Jared Coppola of Lynn struck out looking for the first out of the inning. Joseph Settle flew out to center for the second out. Richard Matos De La Cruz of Boston in his first at bat of the game after missing a few games due to an injury hit an opposite field double off the wall on a 3-2 count.

“Great great just having him back let’s see how he feels tomorrow and if he feels good tomorrow he will be hitting BP (batting practice) on Monday and he will be good to go,” Mejia said.

The Knights had runners in scoring position for Campbell flied out to the left fielder for the third out of the inning. Sweeney walked the first two batters and struck out the next two batters. Sweeney escaped out of trouble as Quinsigamond did not score.

In the third inning Luis Colon of Lawrence ground out to the pitcher for the first out of the inning. Kyle Hsu of Brookline hit a double off the wall and the Knights had a runner in scoring position with one out.

A few pitches later Hsu got caught stealing at third. Panzini walked and stole second. Bear was at the plate when there was an error by the shortstop. He didn’t grab the ball cleanly and he saw Panzini was heading home. Panzini stopped and the shortstop threw the ball at third and Panzini was in a run down. He managed to score on a throwing error by the third baseman.

Bear went to third. White hit an RBI single and he stole second while Coppola was at the plate. The left fielder misread the ball because of the sun and White scored from second and Coppola was on second when Settle flied out to the second baseman. The Knights scored 3 runs and they were up 3-0.

Sweeney walked Jose Curet of Worcester. Curet stole second and Sweeney walked Sanchez, leading off the 3rd inning walking the first two batters he faced. Mejia went to the mound to control his pitcher.

Thomas was batting when Sanchez stole second. Quinsigamond had runners in scoring positions on second and third when Sweeney left a pitch up and Thomas hit a single to left that scored two runs. An error by Panzini in left field allowed the bases to be loaded for Quinsigamond. Sweeney struck out Luis

Rodriguez of Maynard swinging. Brandon Hart of Spencer was at the plate when he hit a ground ball to first that Quinsigamond traded an out for a run.

Quinsigamond reloaded the bases when Benjamin Borrero of Worcester walk edand Jordan Molina of Webster struck out and Quinsigamond left the bases loaded. The Knights were up 3-2 heading to the fourth inning.

In the fourth inning Matos De La Cruz struck out looking, Campbell hit an opposite field single in front of the left fielder. The pitcher had really close eyes on Campbell as he was threatening to steal. The Knights had the hit and run. Campbell was going to second while Colon hit a ground ball to the shortstop. The shortstop threw the ball to first for the first out of the inning. A throwing error by the catcher when he throw the ball to third while Campbell was going allowed him to score and the Knights were up 4-2 when Hsu hit a line drive up the middle. Panzini grounded out to first to end the top of the inning.

The Knights had a new pitcher Tristan Ciampa of Wilmington. Ciampa struck out Mick Sullivan of Dudley in three pitches. Curet hit a ground ball to the pitcher. Ciampa under handed threw the ball to first for the second out of the inning. He walked Sanchez and he stole second. Thomas ground out to White for the third out.

In the fifth inning, Bear was at the plate when he hit a line drive to the first baseman for the first out. White doubled between right center field. Coppola flied out to the left fielder for the second out. Settle ground out to third. The third baseman didn’t come up cleanly and everyone was safe. The Knights had runners in the corners when Matos De La Cruz strike out.

When Quinsigamond was up, Firtzgerald struck out. With one out in the inning, Luis Rodriguez was batting. He hit the a ground ball over the leaping Coppola and the ball went to centerfield. Brandon Hart of Spencer walked and Benjamin Borrero of Worcester struck out looking. Ciampa struck out Molina to end the inning.

In the sixth inning Campbell struck out looking. Kevin Rodriguez of Manchester, N.H., was in to pinch hit when he struck out looking Kyle Hsu flied out to the left fielder.

The Knights had a new pitcher to pitch the sixth inning Jack Swarbrick of Haverhill came in to pitch. Sullivan got hit by a pitch Curet bunted with one out in the inning. Sanchez hit a double down the corner and Quinsigamond had runners on second and third. Thomas ground out to the pitcher. Swarbrick checked the runner at third before throwing to first for the second out of the inning. It was a passed ball on the catcher. Berube run to get the ball he throw it to the pitcher and the runner was out at home and Quinsigamond did not score in that inning.

In the seventh inning Panzini was at the plate when he singled the first pitch that he saw. Bear was at the plate when Panzini stole the base. It was a productive out for Bear as he fly out to right field and Panzini taged up to third. White scored the fifth run of the game on the sac fly as the Knights traded an out for a run. Campbell was out on a slow roller on the first base line. The Knights had a 3 run lead and were 3 outs away from a win. Swarbrick was in for his second inning of work. Fitzgerald flied out to left field for the first out. Rodriguez flied out straight to Settle in center field for the second out of the inning. The Knights were one out away from winning game 1. Swarbrick pitched a 1,2,3 inning as the Knights defeated Quinsigamond 5-2.