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Knights defeat Roxbury, complete home stand sweep

a baseball payer taking an at batDaniel Henrick | NECC Observer

Infielder Kevin Rodriguez of Manchester, NH taking an at bat

The Knights (9-5) wrapped up their three-game home stand with a 12-0 victory against Roxbury community college (0-3) on March 26th at Trinity stadium. 

Richard de la Cruz of Boston, MA had an impressive day at the plate going (2-for -3) driving in six RBIs with a double and HR. Kyle Hsu of Brookline, NH collected two RBIs and went (1-for-3). 

Alex Sweeney of Raymond, NH was handed the ball to start. He struck out eight Tigers allowing one hit and two walks over 3.0 scoreless innings of work. 

The Tigers found themselves quickly in a 3-0 hole when de la Cruz launched a three-run home run over the centerfield wall in the first inning. 

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning, de la Cruz came through with another big hit crushing a base clearing double into right center field. The Knights added two more runs in the inning to lead 9-0. 

Sweeney turned the game over to the bullpen in the top of the fourth inning with Jagger Lovinelli of Huntington beach, CA. Lovinellie gave up a leadoff single. The base runner advanced to second base on a fielder’s choice. A walk issued by Lovinelli put runners on first and second base in what would be The Tigers best scoring chance. Lovinelli bounced back striking out the next two batters to escape the jam. 

The knights went to the bullpen again for the fifth inning going to Reflin Jimenez of Lawarence, MA. The first batter he faced flied out to left field. Jimenez allowed a single to left field to the following batter. A ground ball to the shortstop induced a double play and secured a 12-0 win. 

The victory extends The Knights winning streak to 10 and improves to 9-5 this season. 

The Knights headed on the road for a double header against Holyoke community college on April 2nd.  

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