NECC Observer

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Knights stay hot

On March 30, the red hot 14-2 Knights entered the game against Fisher College JV at Fraser Field in Lynn with a six game winning streak. When the Knights faced Fisher JV on March 21, the Knights won 16-1. On March 30 the Knights defeated Fisher JV 12-2.

At 6:48 p.m. the umpires were at the field.

Before the game Coach Jeff Mejia said he believed that Fisher was going to change the game plan a little.

“ Yeah, we already talked, he’s got some different guys that weren’t here last game that will be playing for them this game, so I am expecting a really competitive game,” Mejia said.

The Knights had Jack Swarbrick of Haverhill on the mound to start.

Photo by Editor-in-Chief/ Sports Editor Jose Rodriguez

Knights doing their pre game routine before facing Fisher College JV.

In the first inning, Fisher College had Cameron Lataille of North Smithfield, R.I., on the mound. Richie Williams of Georgetown got hit by a pitch and Chris Bear of Boston singled. The Knights were set up first and third and no one out for Nicholas White of Townsend at the plate. White he drove the first run of the game a deep fly ball to right field at the warning track that scored Williams from third and Bear tagged on the sac fly to third. Jarred Coppola of Lynn hit a double to left that scored the second run of the game. The Knights were not done yet. Joseph Settle of Melbourne, Fla. brought home the third run of the game as Coppola and Settle hit back to back doubles. The Knights got three runs in the inning and left Settle who was stranded at third.

Swarbrick struck out the first two of the three batters in the inning. The third batter grounded out, for a clean one two three inning.

Fisher went to the bullpen early as they put Brayane Garre of Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic, on the mound in the second inning. The first two batters were out after Kevin Rodriguez of Manchester, N.H., and Kameron Levesque of Hooksett, N.H., grounded out.

Williams walked and stole second when Bear hit an opposite field single between second and third that brought the 4th run of the game.

Swarbrick walked Alejandro Sola of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, in four pitches and he didn’t waste no time in the wheels as he stole second. Jeremy Renta of Cagus, Puerto Rico, hit an opposite field single. There was a great out field assist by Levesque throwing out Sola at the plate. Renta stole second with 2 outs in the inning, Swarbrick struck out Janiel Laracuenta of Cagus, Puerto Rico, looking to finishthe inning.

In the third inning the Falcons brought Bryan Montanez of Arroyo, Puerto Rico, on to pitch after Coppola ground out for the first out of the inning. Settle walked and stole second. The Knights had a runner in scoring position with less then two outs when Clay Campbell of Goffstown, N.H., walked. The Knights had first and second with one out when Lucas Berube of Dighton popped out to the catcher. The Knights were trying to double steal when the catcher throw out Settle at third for the final out of the top of the third. The Knights brought in a new pitcher, Jagger Iovinelli, of Huntington Beach, Calif., Fisher’s Diego Melendez of Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, hit off a lead-off single with one out in the inning. Iovinelli started a double play on his own. Jose Neris of Caguas, Puerto Rico, ground out to Swarbrick. He hrew to second the shortstop. Campbell threw the ball to White to complete the double play.

In the fourth inning Fisher brought in Nomar Rosario of Fajardo, Puerto Rico, on the mound. Levesque hit a booming double in right center field and Levesque stole third with two outs in the inning. Bear struck out as the Knights wasted an opportunity and they did not score.

Fisher’s Luis Lopez of Catano, Puerto Rico, hit a single that the right fielder almost caught in a leaping try. Iovinelli threw the ball to first as Lopez was in a rundown but it didn’t matter because the second base umpire called a balk on Iovinelli. The Falcons scored the first run of the game on a double over the head of Levesque followed by an RBI single up the middle by Renta. Falcons cut the deficit in half. Laracuente hit a single through left and the Falcons had men on first and second with 2 outs when Swarbrick strike out Melendez looking.

In the fifth inning Jose Cruz Jr. of Carolina, Puerto Rico, was on the mound for the Falcons. White hit a base hit up the middle and he stole second the very next pitch. Coppola walked and the Knights were in business on first and second with nobody out. The Knights were looking for a double steal and this time it paid off as both runners successfully moved 90 feet. Settle reached on first by error and the Knights had the bases loaded and nobody out when Campbell hit a rocket right field that scored 2 runs as the Knights had runners in the corners with nobody out. Lucas Berube of Dighton successfully sacrificed to bring home the 7th run of the game as the Knights traded an out for a run. Levesque was at the plate with 2 outs and Campbell went to third on a passed ball.

The Knights were leading 7-2 as they moved on to the bottom of the fifth Tristian Ciampa of Wilmington was on the hill for the Knights. Williams almost made an unbelievable play on a leaping catch to rob Neris of extra base hits, instead Naris was on second with a double. Sola struck out looking and the Falcons didn’t scored.

On the sixth  inning Gerado Mollina of Levittown, Puerto Rico was on the mound for Fisher when he hit Williams and he stole second. Bear hit an RBI triple and the Knights were up 8-2, which brought an opportunity of White to score the 9th run of the game and he did just that. White ground out to second for a productive out that scored White from third. Coppola hit a line drive bullet that was caught by the third baseman for the second out of the inning. Settle singled and he stole second. Campbell double over the leaping shortstop Fontanez. It wasn’t deep enough for Settle to score from second so he stayed at third. The Falcons made a pitching change as Evan Delilo of Peabody came to pitch and a 1-2 count on Berube he flied out to the right fielder Ben Sawyer  of Portland, Maine to end the top of the sixth inning.

Ciampa was about to work a 1,2,3 inning not following Laracaurente single on a ground ball up the middle that Campbell almost made a terrific play robbing Laracuente of a base hit, but unfortunately it didn’t go that way but it didn’t matter as Melendez ground out to third and Coppola made a terrific play and with a strong arm he threw it to first to get the final out of the inning.

In the top of the seventh inning William Carpetner of Brentwood, N.H.,

was pitching for the Falcons as Kevin Rodriguez of Manchester, N.H, hit a double through left center field. Rodriguez got caught stealing at third. Levesque and Nick Panzini of Methuen walked. Panzini was pinch hitting for Williams. Bear scored 2 runs on a single that advanced to second and third on the throwing error.

“I was trying to get a barrel at the wall hit good pitches,” Bear said after the game.

White walked which brought the Fisher manager out from the dugout for a pitching change. The Falcons brought Elvin Perez in to pitch. The Knights scored the 12 run on a wild pitch advanced White to second

Settle struck out. Thomas Cattaneo of Guilford, Conn., was on the mound for the Knights he only gave up a hit during the seventh inning and a strikeout as the Knights defeated Fisher JV 12-2.