Workouts have been moving along and as the hitters work on their swings, the pitchers are building up arm strength. The only drawback relative to preparation is struggling to get everyone to practice. We have only had one practice where the entire team has been present, so there are definitely gaps in our preparation. Hopefully this will become less of a problem as we move forward. We are just about six weeks away from first pitch, and so far weather hasn’t been a big factor as it pertains to school closings. There is an excellent chance we can get the outfielders outdoors tomorrow and take some fly balls. That would be a real plus, as that is the one thing you can not replicate inside.
The 2016 Warrior baseball team started indoor workouts on Monday, January 11th. The team is looking to reestablish itself as one of the top teams in Region XXI. Sophomore pitchers, Zack Reid, Jake Stearns and Mike Nader are returning to anchor the Warrior pitching staff. Sophomores, Justin Martinho, Tyler Morini and Alex Carey are hoping to ignite the Warrior offense. With a solid group of freshman eager to prove themselves at the collegiate level, it looks to be an exciting year for Massasoit baseball. Check this site often to read about the 2016 team as they prepare for their southern trip to Vero Beach, Florida.
Coach Tom Frizzell
The Warriors swept a double header at Louis R. Colombo Field from Bridgeton Academy by score of 8-2 and 2-1.
Tom Protentis was rock solid on the mound in game as he but the first 12 batters down in a row. Bridgton touched Tom up for two runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead. The Warriors broke it open with five consecutive singles in the top of the sixth inning to secure an 8-2 win. The highlight of the inning was a double suicide squeeze bunt laid down by Jimmy Commesso that resulted in two runs scoring. Matt Levasseur had a pair of hits and Nick Oliveira has two hits and knocked in two runs.
In game two Mike Nader gutted out a 2-1 win. It seemed like every inning Mike had runners on, but he managed to pitch his way out of jam after jam to pick up the 2-1 victory. Matt Levasseur had two more hits in this game and scored a run as his bat is starting to get heat up. Dave Murphy had a sixth inning rbi and when the Bridgton pitcher misplayed coverage at first on a slow ground ball, Matt Levasseur scored the go ahead run. Mike then went out and retired the last thee hitters to secure the win.
Matt Levasseur went 4-6 on the day and scored the winning run in the second game as the Warriors swept Bridgeton Academy 8-2 and 2-1.
The NECC Knights swept a twin bill from the Warriors, despite excellent pitching from Zack Reid and Jake Stearns. The Warriors managed six hits in the first game ( a 7-1 loss), but couldn’t bunch them together as Dave Murphy managed to plate the only Warrior run with a double he crushed into the left center field gap in the third inning. Shaky defense was our undoing as two outfield errors and a pair of infield miscues sealed Zacks’ fate. Zack only allowed two earned runs and deserved batter better for his gutsy performance on the mound.
Jake Staerns didn’t fare much better as he scattered four hits and struck out seven NECC hitters.Once again a pair of infield errors open the door for Northern Essex and they took advantage in the 4-3 loss. The Warriors plated a single run in the sixth and two more in the top of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough, as the Warriors could only manage three hits on the day. Northern Essex tried to help us out, as they shortstop booted a perfect 6-4-3 double play ball in the top of the seventh, but the fourth run died on first base.
Brent Eaton went 8 innings and struck out 9 Naps batters as the bats came alive for the Warriors. Alex Carey, Dave Murphy and Matt Levasseur all had four hit games.
It was a cold day as the wind was whipping onto the field off of the water, but the Warriors bats were red hot, as they broke out with a string of hits that chased the second Naps pitcher and secured the win.
Brent Eaton pitched a gem allowing only 2 hits and striking out 9 batters as he picked up the win for the Warriors.
The Warriors lost 10-6 to the Dean Bulldogs at Louis R. Colombo Field. The relief pitching of Scott Anderson and Mitchell Walsh was solid as they only allowed two earned runs over the final five innings. It was the seven runs scored in the first four innings that spelled disaster for the Warriors.
Justin Martinho had four hits in five at bats and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Warrior offense. The home team had multiple opportunities to score runs, but failure to hit with runners on has been the downfall for the Warriors all season.
The Warriors travel to Newport, RI on Thursday for a nine inning tilt with Naval Prep. Brent Eaton will take the hill for the 3:30 pm start.
Justin Martinho had a four hit day and drove in a pair of runs in a 10-6 loss to Dean College.
The Warriors had a few bright spots in an otherwise dismal day. Dave Murphy hit two home runs and drove in three runs and Cory Walker pitched 3 and 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball.
The Warriors were behind 6-2 after Quinsigamond scored 5 runs on the top of the fifth inning. The home team scored four runs highlighted by Murphy’s two run blast to tie the score at six all. Quinsigamond then came back to plate five more runs with three coming via bases loaded walks.
All in all, it was a very disappointing performance by the Warriors, on the mound, in the field and at the plate. Weather permitting Massasoit will face Dean College at home tomorrow in a 3:30 contest.
Dave Murphy had two home runs and three rbi in a 11-6 lost to Quinsigamond CC.
The Warriors swept a doubleheader from New Hampshire Tech by scores of 7-4 and 4-1. In game one the Warriors got off to a shaky start with three first inning errors, that led to 3 unearned runs. After that Zack Reid cruised to a 7-4 win. Zack scattered four hits and struck out seven in a complete game effort that leaves him 2-1 on the season. The home team came back in the bottom of the first to score four runs on Evan Derochea’s rbi single and a two rbi single by Nick Oliveira. The Warriors plated two more runs in the second on Dave Murphy’s two rbi double.
In game two Tom Protentis allowed only one run to cross the plate in a six inning effort. Brent Eaton came on in the seventh inning with a runner on first and slammed the door to pick up the save in a 4-1 victory. Murphy (one rbi) and Oliveira (two rbis) once more picked up the offense and Chris Langley chipped in with two hard hit singles and scored the first run of the game.
The Warriors take on Regional opponent Quinsigamond CC tomorrow (4/13/15), at 3:30 at Louis R. Colombo Field on the Brockton campus. Jake Stearns will take the ball in this key conference matchup.
Chris Langley had a pair of hits and scored a run in the 4-1 win over NHTI.
Zack Reid allowed one earned run in a complete game effort. He scattered four hits and struck out seven to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Tom Protentis improved to 1-1 as he went six innings allowing only one earned run in a 4-1 victory over NHTI.
Jake Stearns pitched no-hit ball for five innings. In the sixth, the Academy of Baseball plated a run to cut our lead to 2-1. They led off the top of the seventh with a hit and it was all down hill from there. A couple of bloop hits and infield error and an outfield error opened the floodgates for six runs. The final score was 7-2 and the Warriors went down to defeat for the 8th time in ten games.
Dave Murphy had pair of hits to lead the Warrior offense and freshman, Jim Commesso had a hit and the lone rbi in the game. Jim lead the team in hitting on the trip with a .461 batting average.
Jim Commesso hit .461 on this year’s spring trip to Vero Beach, Florida.
The Warriors carved out a 5-2 win against St. Lawrence Academy (Canada). Mike Nader went six inning and scattered three hits, while giving up one earned run. Sam Devine came in to close the game out and preserve the win.
The top of the lineup carried the offense as Alex Carey reached base twice, with a walk a single. He also drove in a run and stole a base. Tom Protentis had a air of hits and drove in a run. Jimmy Commesso had an ribi single as well.
The Warriors take on the Academy of Baseball Canada tomorrow in the final game of a 10 game spring training trip. Their record now sits at 2-7.
Reached base twice (walk and a single) drove in a run and stole a base.
Had a pair of hits and drove in a run.