NECC Observer

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Knight defeat SeaWolves 12-5

A knights baseball player celebrates hitting home run Daniel Henrick | NECC Observer

De La Cruz, (third player on the left) celebrates hitting a three- run home run in the seventh inning.

On April 19th Northern Essex (22-6) tops Southern Maine community college (16-12) 12-5 at Trinity stadium. 

Starter Alex Sweeney of Raymond, NH (3-1) struggled with his command in the first two innings yielding three walks. He settled in and cruised in the next six innings. 

Richard Matos De La Cuz of Boston, MA who went (1-for-5) made his lone hit count. He hit a towering three-run home run into the center field bleachers. 

Sweeney opened the first inning allowing a leadoff double and two walks to load the bases. He worked around the jam with back-to-back fly outs and a strikeout to escape the inning. 

A rough second inning from Sweeney put The Knights in a 4-0 hole. 

With the bases loaded Seawolves pitcher threw consecutive wild pitches, it made the score 4-2. A two RBI double by Kameron Levesque of Haverhill, MA evened the score at four. 

After three quiet innings, The Knights bats woke up in the sixth inning scoring a pair of runs. An RBI single to left field by Orlando Payne of Lawarence, MA put The Knights ahead 5-4. Domenic Crocenzi of North Providence, RI was walked to put runner at first and second. Payne was driven in by a base hit past the second baseman. 

Anthony Marcano of Boston MA led the inning off the seventh with a base hit. A botched pickoff attempt by Southern Maine advanced him to third base. With two outs, Payne came through with an RBI triple to lead 8-4. Payne pushed his luck attempting to stretch the triple into an inside-the-park home run and was thrown out at home plate. 

De La Cruz put the game away in the eighth inning with a three-run home run to over the center field wall, 11-4. 

Jagger Lovinelli of Huntington beach, CA was sent in to close the game. He allowed a solo home run and a walk but still recorded three more outs to lockdown down the 12-5 win against Southern Maine. 

Up next, The Knights headed on the road April 21st to face Quinsigamond community college.