Exactly one month from today, the 2014 Warrior Baseball team will he heading to Historic Dodger Town for a nine game spring trip. The team has been working hard to prepare for this important part of our season. The season is divided into three parts: our spring trip, our regular season schedule once we return and of course our goal of qualifying for the Region XXI Tournament, which will be hosted by Massasoit CC in May.
The pitchers have been working hard to build up arm strength with a rigorous throwing routine, complimented a by a great deal of band work and running. So far the staff led by returning sophomores Dave Tarr and Shane Holmes look like they are on the way to a solid season. The infielders and outfielders are getting plenty of swings and as many ground balls as possible. Freshman Dave Murphy has been impressive at shortstop and the outfield which is anchored by Travis Ritchie and Joe Walsh should be a real strength offensively and defensively. Catchers, Nick Oliveira, Trevor Packard and Brandon Gallahue have done a sold job in helping the pitching staff ramp up their pitch counts. So far, the indoor workouts have been productive, even though we have lost two practice sessions to snow and inclement weather.
Both Coach McDermott and I feel that this team has a chance to make an impact in the Region, but they still have a long was to go in terms of conditioning and preparation. The groundwork is being prepared and it will be an interesting journey for the 21 payers on this years Massasoit CC Warrior baseball Team.
Luke Nagle will see time at first base and on the mound for the 2014 MCC Warriors
The Massasoit CC Warriors began their indoor workouts on Monday, January 13th, 2014. The Warriors should be very competitive this season with a solid core of returning sophomores and a talented group of freshman. There will be a little over seven weeks to prepare for the spring trip to Vero Beach, Florida. The Warriors will play ten games and prepare to battle for the top spot in Division III in Region XXI. Check out the blog on a regular basis for photos, articles and important information regarding this year’s Warrior Baseball Team!
The Warriors ended the 2013 season with a pair of losses, that eliminated them from the NJCAA Region XXI, Division III Tournament. Leading by 9 runs after three innings of play in the first game of the day against Northern Essex, the defense fell apart and the Knights came up with key hit after key hit to tie the game up and ultimately take the lead. The Warriors had several chances to tie and regain the lead, but the Knights, last years Region XXI Champs had turned the momentum of the game completely around. The final score was Northern Essex CC 12 – Massasoit CC 11.
In the second elimination game against Holyoke CC, a make shift lineup was put in place to compensate for a Warriors starter who was ejected in the first game. With our offense minimized, We could only plate a run, in a 7-1 loss to the Cougars from Holyoke CC.
After the third inning of the first game, the Warriors were only able to score three runs in thirteen innings of play. Travis Ritchie had a great day with five hits and he hit for the cycle (single, double, triple and a home run) over the two games. Chris Roumbakis was able to drive in a critical run, to tie the score at 11 in the first game, but the rest of the offense simply had a rough day at the plate.
The Warriors ended up 21-18 on the season, but the last two losses will be remembered for a long time. I wish the sophomores luck as they move on to four year colleges and look forward to seeing the freshman back on campus in September.
The Warriors hosted the Holyoke CC Cougars in the first game of the NJCAA Region XXI Division III Tournament. The Warriors took a one run lead in the bottom of the first inning on a Chris Adams rbi single that plated Joe Walsh. Holyoke took the lead right back in the top of the second with help from a very shaky Warrior defense. Tyler Andrade put the Warriors back on top, driving in two runs with a clutch two out single.
Shane Holmes was pitching well, but defensive miscues accounted for four of the five runs he allowed. I think that some of the freshmen were experiencing some play-off jitters and it resulted in some hurried throws and misplayed ground balls. Down 5-4 with six outs to play, Pat Murray came up big with an rbi double in the bottom of the eighth inning to knot the score. Brandon Quirk came in to pitch in the top of the eighth and once again was dominant as he only allowed one hit from the seven Cougar batters he faced, in picking up his third win of the season.
In the bottom of the ninth, Dave Tarr and Tyler Andrade walked with one out. Ben Monteiro wasted no time, lining a single into right field on the first pitch he saw, to plate Tarr with the winning run.
The Warriors face Northern Essex CC at 11:00 am game. Bunker Hill and Holyoke will play an elimination game at Edgar’s Playground at the same time.
Pat Murray, tied the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, with a double down the right field line.
Ben Monteiro, drove in the winning run, with a clutch rbi single in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The let down after yesterday’s wins was inevitable and it showed in all aspects of this game. Physical mistakes, mental errors on the bases and some poor at bats are the only way to describe this game. No one in the lineup had a multi hit game. We waited until the top of the ninth to mount any type of offense and that was with the help of two walks and a hit batter. The 10-8 score was not a reflection of the actual game.
Brandon Quirk did a nice job with four innings of solid relief. Pat Murray drove in two runs with a double. Scott O’Brien reached base four times via three walks and a base hit. Other than those three performances we were really flat as a team.
If everything goes as planned we will open up against Holyoke CC next Friday at 3:00 pm at Louis R. Colombo Field on the Brockton campus. Bunker Hill CC will face Northern Essex CC in a 3:00 pm game at Edgar’s Playground. The winners will face each other Saturday morning at Massasoit CC and the loses will play an elimination game at Edgars.
The Warriors needed one win to clinch the #1 seed in the upcoming NJCAA Region XXI Tournament, when they faced the Bunker Hill CC Bulldogs in a double header played at Louis R. Colombo Field. Dave Tar was locked in a tight pitchers duel with the score knotted 3-3 in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the frame, Tyler Andrade came to the plate with two runners on and launched a pitch over the left center field fence for a three run Warrior lead. The Bulldogs plated two runs in the top of the seventh, but David was up to the task and closed out the game with a strikeout (one of seven on the day) and a ground ball to Scottie O’Brien who flipped to Chris Adams for the final out. Joe Walsh and Travis Ritchie both drove in three first inning runs to account for the Warrior scoring.
In the second game Ethan Kelley had control problems in the first inning, but settled down to pitch a gem as the Warriors picked up a 10-3 win. Kelley scatted four hits and struck out nine as he improved to 5-2 on the season. Tyler Andrade, Travis Ritchie and Pat Murray (who drove in two runs) all had two hit games and Chris Samaras drove in three runs with a single and a sacrifice fly.
The Warriors end up 12-3 in Region Division III play and are now 20-15 on the season. They travel to Eastern CT State University tomorrow to play a nine inning tilt with the ECSU Junior Varsity at 12:00 pm.
Tyler launched a tie breaking three run blast over the left field fence to lead the Warriors to victory in game #1 against the Bunker Hill Bulldogs.
Ethan Kelley and David Tarr pitched the Warriors to a sweep over the Bunker Hill CC Bulldogs and clinch the #1 seed in the upcoming Region XXI Division III Tournament.
Shane Holmes brought his “A” game to Louis R. Colombo Field as the Warriors beat the Northern Essex CC Knights 7-4 in a NJCAA Region XXI Division III match up. Shane went seven innings scattered four hits and struck out eight batters to pick up his fourth win of the season against a single loss. Luke Nagle earned the save as he pitched the eighth and ninth innings and struck out four of the six batters he faced.
The Warriors scored two runs in the bottom of the first on Chris Adams and Luke Nagle’s rbi singles. The Warriors trailed by one as a result of a pair of Warrior fielding errors in the top of the third inning, but came right back to tie it up on another Nagle rbi. Tyler Andrade and Ben Monteiro plated runs in the bottom of the fourth, the Warriors never looked back, as the solid pitching of Holmes and Nagle sealed the win.
Six of the nine starters had at least two hits on the day, as the Warrior offense put together some excellent at bats. The Warriors now need one win in their last two league contests this Saturday, to clinch the #1 seed in the Region XXI Tournament. The Bunker Hill Bulldogs travel to the Brockton campus for a 12:00 double header on Saturday, May 4, 2013.
Shane Holmes picked up his fourth win (4-1) in a 7-4 victory over Northern Essex CC. Shane scattered four hits and struck out eight hitters.
Luke Nagle struck out four of the six hitters he faced to pick up a save against the NECC Knights. Luke also drove in a pair of runs to seal the victory.
The Warriors showed their inconsistency for the second day in a row. After a solid win in the first game behind Dave Tarr’s solid performance, the JV squad from ECSU battered the Warrior pitching staff for 15 runs in the second game of the day.
Joe Walsh had a monster day, as he went 3 for 4 with a home run and five runs batted in the first game and he had a pair of hits including another home run in the second game. No other Warrior had a multi-hit game in either of the two contests.
Dave Tarr was effective as he recorded five strikeouts, while scattering six hits. This effort resulted in Dave’s third win of the season. This outing sets him up to face Bunker Hill CC next weekend in the final conference games prior to the Region XXI Tournament.
The Warriors face Northern Essex CC in the rubber game of a three game league series, to be played at home at 3:30 pm on Tuesday.
Joe Walsh had a monster day against the ECSU JVs. Joe went 5 for 7 with two home runs and six runs batted in!
A fly ball over an outfielder’s head, plated the winning run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, giving the Springfield JV the win. The Warriors approached this game with all the enthusiasm of a grammar school student forced to attend school the first week in July. The first four batters managed a total of three hits and the five through nine hitters accounted for four base knocks (two by Chris Roumbakis.) An anemic offense simply didn’t get the job done.
The second inning was a microcosm for the entire Warrior effort. Chris Adams and Luke Nagle hit back to back singles. The next three hitters hit three routine fly balls to end the inning. Every time the Springfield Pride had a runner on they moved him over. Ben Monteiro and Brandon Quirk pitched well enough to win, we simply didn’t generate any appreciable offense. Therefore it was game, set, match and a very ugly loss.
Tomorrow we play a twin bill against Eastern CT State University JV at 12:00 at home.
The Warriors recorded a big win as they travled up the Mass Pike to take on the Holyoke CC Cougars. They faced left hander, Freddy Andujar who handcuffed them a week and a half ago in a 4-1 Holyoke victory. Luke Nagle (2-1) started the game for the Warriors and over 6 and 2/3 innings only allowed five hits. It was a gutsy effort by the freshman right hander who battled the cold and a red hot Cougar lineup. Holyoke took a three run lead in the second inning an it stood up until the Warriors tied the game in the fifth on clutch rbis by Joe Walsh (who had four hits on the day) and Trevor Packard. In the sixth the Warriors took the lead with Walsh and Tyler Andrade plating the go ahead runs.
Luke came out for the seventh, but allowed a pair of hits. Brandon Quirk entered the game with a runner on first and struck out the next two hitters looking to extinguish the Cougar threat. Quirk proceeded to strike out six Holyoke batters in 2 and 2/3 innings to pick up the save. Quirk elevated his game and it led to a Warrior victory celebration. Travis Ritchie had a great day despite the lefty/lefty match-up registering four hits and scoring three runs. The top of revamped lineup: Ritchie, Walsh and Andrade had 10 hits on the day.
The Warriors opened up a two game lead over the Cougars and held on to first place in the Region XXI, Division III standings. the team returns to action on Saturday with a nine inning tilt against the Springfield JV in a game to be played at Springfield College at 3:00 pm.
Brandon Quirk recorded a big save, going 2 and 2/3 innings and striking out six batters in a 11-5 victory over Holyoke CC.