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Knights score 48 runs in double header sweep against Roxbury

a Knights baseball player taking an at batDaniel Henrick | NECC Observer

Outfielder Jomar Moreta of Lynn, MA at bat

The Knight’s kicked off their first home stand of the season March 24th with a bang outscoring Roxbury community college by a combined score of 48-0 in a double header. The Knights, who were dominant both on the mound and at the plate, claimed game one 30-0 and game two 18-0. Each game was halted after the fifth inning by a 10-run rule. 

Game One: NECC 30, Roxbury 0 

The Knights lineup produced led by Domenic Crocenzie of North Providence, Rhode Island (2- for-2, HR, 3 runs and 7 RBIs) and Kyle Hsu of Brookline, NH ( 2-for-2, HR, 4 runs and 2 RBIs) who both hit home runs. As a team, The Knights collected 22 hits and 22 RBIs. 

The Knights pitching was equally impressive, throwing a combined no-hitter. Tristan Campina (4-0) of Wilmington, MA got the start. Campina struck out six Tigers over 3.0 innings. 

Riley Stys of Lowell, MA and Erik Whitehead of North Andover, MA were called out of the bullpen for the last two innings. 

Stys tossed a clean fourth inning with a strikeout. Whitehead closed the game with a 1,2,3 inning fifth inning to complete the combined no-hitter. 

The Tigers pitching staff, however, was the opposite story. Starter Ramon Pena Morillo (0-1) allowed seven runs, six earned, on five hits. The Tigers bullpen didn’t fare better, giving up 16 hits and issuing five walks.  

The Knights (7-5) put this game away early scoring 11 runs in the first inning. They tacked on two runs in the second inning and six in the third inning to stretch their lead 19-0. The Knights offensive bursts continued with 11 runs in the fourth inning to push the lead to 30-0 after five innings. 

Game two: NECC 18, Roxbury 0 

In game two The Knights (8-5) picked up where they left off scoring 11 runs in the first inning. The Knights scored three runs in the second and four in the fourth inning to lead 18-0. 

On the mound, The Knights pitching staff held Tiger’s bats at bay allowing one hit. Starter Jairo Vazquez (2-0) of Lawerence, MA tossed 3.0 scoreless innings striking out eight and giving up one hit. Freshman Emilio Guzman of Everett, MA relived Vazquez in the top of the fourth inning and retired the side in order. Freshman Right-hander Dane LeBert of Woburn, MA was next out the bullpen and closed out the five-inning game by striking out the side. 

Crocenzie led the team in hits going (4-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and a walk). 

The Knights continued their home stand against Roxbury on Sunday, March 26th at Trinity stadium. The first pitch was set for 2:00 P.M.