MCC Warriors 5 – Holyoke CC 2

The Warriors took the Mass Pike all the way to exit 4, to visit the Holyoke CC Cougars. We arrived a little too late for batting practice, so it was stretch, throw and play ball. The Warriors scored  two runs in the second inning on a two out, two rbi single by Trevor Packard. The Warriors plated two more runs in the fourth on a Joe Walsh single and a Chirs Roumbakis fielder’s choice. Matt Levasseur finished the scoring with an rbi single (one of his two hits on the day) to record the final Warrior run.

David Tarr was on the mound for the Warriors and he was dominant. In control for nine innings, David scattered six hits, struck out six batters and only issued two walks. That stat alone was the key to David’s success. From the fifth through the eighth inning he was perfect…12 batters up and all 12 retired. It was a very solid performance by the sophomore, who showed tremendous poise in the last inning as a one out double resulted in the final Cougar run.

The Warriors are now 6-0 in Divisional play, with four big games coming up as they host Quinsigamond CC for two on Saturday and Holyoke makes the long ride for a double dip on Patriot’s Day.  Both double-headers start at 12:00 pm.

David Tarr scattered six hits and K'd six in a complete game 5-2 victory over the Holyoke CC Cougars.

David Tarr scattered six hits and K’d six in a complete game 5-2 victory over the Holyoke CC Cougars.

 

A Split with SNHU JV

The let down was inevitable, after yesterday’s wins over Northern Essex. In the first game against Southern New Hampshire University JV,  Dave Murphy hit a home run in the first inning to stake the Warriors to an early lead. Still, the Warriors had to battle back from a 6-3 deficit with a four run sixth inning. Joe Commesso drove in a run, Travis Ritchie picked up an rbi and Dave Murphy and Luke Nagle each plated a run. With a 7-6 lead, all we needed were three outs and we just couldn’t make it happen. Walks, an error and a series of well hit sacrifice flys resulted in the end of a six game win streak by a score of 9-7.

In game two, Corey Walker was totally in command as the freshman left-hander, scattered six hits, struck out four and only allowed one earned run in a 8-2 Warrior victory. A six run second inning was the difference as Pat Murray, Matt Levasseur and Luke Nagle hit back to back to back doubles and Tom Protentis crushed a two run home run to left center field.

In the second game, Travis Ritchie, Murray, Levasseur and Nagle all had multiple hit games (Nagle was six for seven in the double header) to lead the Warrior offense. The Warriors did a nice job turning it around to win three games out of a possible four, for the weekend.

Tom Protentis will take the mound as the Warriors will play at home on Tuesday against Dean College, starting at 3:30 pm.

Corey picked up the win, with a complete game victory over SNHU JVs. Corey struck out four and only allowed one earned run, as he notched his first collegiate victory!

Corey Walker picked up the win, with a complete game victory over SNHU JVs. Corey struck out four and only allowed one earned run, as he notched his first collegiate victory!

Warriors sweep Northern Essex CC

The Warriors played some inspired baseball today, as they swept the Northern Essex CC Knights by scores of 4-3 and 6-4.

In game one, Shane Holmes was dominant as he scattered four hits, struck out 11 and did not allow an earned run. Dave Murphy hit a home run in the first inning to give the Warriors a brief 1-0 lead. The Knights came back with two in the third, the result of some poor infield play. They added a run  in the sixth inning to take a 3-2 lead. In the top of the seventh, Luke Nagle reached on an infield error,was sacrificed to second by Matt Levasseur and scored on a Joe Walsh double that almost left the yard. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Travis Ritchie hit a one out single and scored all the way from first base on a Pat Murray walk-off double to give the Warriors a 4-3 extra inning win.

In game two, the Knights struck for single runs in the first and third innings. In the fourth inning, starting pitcher, Luke Nagle hit a bases loaded double to give the Warriors a 4-2 lead. The Knights scored a run in the fourth and sixth innings as a result of two dropped fly balls, to knot the score at four.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Joe Walsh led off with a double that once again, just missed going over the fence. With two outs Scott O’Brien coaxed a walk to put runners on first and second. Nick Oliveira hit a clutch single to plate the go ahead run and Travis Ritchie followed with a base knock to provide a two run cushion. Luke went out in the top of the seventh and gave up a lead-off single, but two strikeouts and a ground ball resulted in a 6-4 win for the Warriors.

Nagle came back after closing out the UCAP game to pick up his third win of the season. He struck out seven Knights and more importantly did not allow a walk.

The Warriors are now 10-7 and face the Southern NH JV tomorrow in a 12:00 double header. Brent Eaton will start game #1 and Corey Walker will start game #2.

Luke Nagle picked up his third win of the season and plated three runs on a bases loaded double.

Luke Nagle picked up his third win of the season and plated three runs on a bases loaded double.

Shane struck out 11 and don't allow an earned run in a 4-3 win over the Northern Essex CC Knights.
Shane struck out 11 and don’t allow an earned run in a 4-3 win over the Northern Essex CC Knights.

 

Pat Murray continues to be a force out of the two hole in the line-up as he hit a walk-off double to defeat the NECC Knights 4-3.

Pat Murray continues to be a force out of the two hole in the line-up as he hit a walk-off double to defeat the NECC Knights 4-3.

 

 

 

Pay back…

Right after we returned from Florida, we lost a close 2-1 game to UCAP. We had to travel to New Britain, CT to play and lost 2-1. That kind of loss makes for a long ride back. Well the Warriors returned the favor today beating the Pointers in a 6-5 contest at Louis R. Colombo Field.

The Warriors took an early lead on a lead-off triple by Travis Ritchie and another clutch rbi by Pat “Muzz” Murray. UCAP came back to score three runs in the bottom of the third inning. The lead-off batter hit a fly ball that was dropped and Tom Protentis struggled with his control and walked a pair of hitters. Tom only allowed three hits in his five innings, but walks always come back to hurt you. In the top of the fourth the Warriors scored four times to take a 5-3 lead. The big hit was a two run single by freshman, Nick Oliveira.

Collin Ross came on in the top of the sixth inning and pitched very well. In the bottom of the eight inning Nick once again knocked in a run to make it a 6-4 game. In the seventh inning Chris Roumbakis kept the game tight make making an absolute web gem of a catch going high into the air and snagging a potential extra base hit against the left field fence.

In the top of the ninth Collin began to tire. He hurled three great innings of relief. With the score 6-5 and the tie run on second base, Luke Nagle entered the game and recorded the last two outs on five pitches, to pick up the save.

Travis Ritchie and a pair of hits and scored two runs. Pat Murray had three hits and a key rbi and Dave Murphy had a pair of hits and a run batted in.

The Warriors play a key double header on Saturday against Northern Essex CC at 12:00 pm  on the Brockton Campus. Shane Holmes will take the mound in game #1 and Luke Nagle will pitch game #2.

Nate had a pair of hits and three rbi win a big win over UCAP.

Nate had a pair of hits and three rbi in a big win over UCAP, by a score of 6-5.

Make it three in a row…

The Warriors traveled to Worcester to play the Quinsigamond CC Wyverns and came away with a 15-5 victory. Dave Tarr was in total command from inning one through inning seven. The sophomore left hander recorded an impressive 15 strike outs and only allowed one hit and no earned runs. The two runs Quisigamond scored, came as a result of some very poor infield play in the bottom of the seventh inning. With the score 14-2 and Dave at 107 pitches, his day was done.

Pat Murray continues to be a force from the two hole in the line-up. “Muzz” had a three hit day, scored two runs and plated three Warriors runners. Trevor Packard had a pair of hits a pair of rbi and reached base four times. Dave Murphy hitting third in the line-up knocked in a pair of runs. Matt Levasseur reached base five times via three bases on balls and a pair of hits as the designated hitters spot has finally begun to become an integral part of the offense.

The Warriors have finally reached the .500 mark and stand at 7-7. Tomorrow Tom Protentis will take the mound for the second time this season again the University of CT at Avery Point. This game will be a real test for thew Warriors and will start at 3:30 pm at Louis R. Colombo Field.

Pat Murray continues to be a force out of the two hole in the line-up as he had a three hit day against Quinsiagamond CC.

Pat Murray continues to be a force out of the two hole in the line-up as he had a three hit day against Quinsiagamond CC.

Warriors sweep Mass Bay CC

The Warriors swept the Mass Bay CC Buccaneers at Louis R. Colombo Field by scores of 22-0 and 11-1. The Buccaneers have only played one game so far this season and struggled defensively in the first game. Shane Holmes was dealing and only allowed one hit while striking out seven batters. Travis Ritchie and Matt Levasseur each had four hit days. Travis is in a zone and had a triple, double and two singles and scored all four times. Levesseur had six hits and six rbi as he played in both games of the double header.

Luke Nagle took the mound in game two and scattered four hits, k’d seven batters and allowed his first run of the season after fourteen scoreless innings. Collin Ross had two hits and scored twice and Nick Oliveira had a pair of hits and two rbi.

The Warriors are schedule to visit Quinsiamond CC in a Conference game on Tuesday at 3:30 pm. David Tarr will take the mound for the Warriors.

Matt had a great day with six hits and six runs batted in, as the Warriors swept Mass Bay CC.

Matt had a great day with six hits and six runs batted in, as the Warriors swept Mass Bay CC.

Ouch! That hurt….

Dean College earned a walk-off win over the Warriors at Longley Field in Franklin, MA. The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Travis Ritchie tripled and score on a Pat Murray single, Luke Nagle plated Murray with the first of his two rbis on the day. Travis led off the third with a double and scored on a infield hit by Dave Murphy.  He led off the fifth with a single and was plated once again by Luke Nagle. The Warriors combined for 16 hits but could only score five times as the the stranded 11 runners over the course of nine innings.

Multiple errors in the eighth inning made the score 5-4 and a comfortable lead turned into a very tight game. After a ground ball out to start he bottom of the ninth, four straight hits resulted in a 6-5 win for the Dean Bulldogs. Luke Nagle and Scott O’Brien both had three hits and combined for three runs batted in. The pitching, starting with Dave Tarr, who gave way to Collin Ross was effective, but the errors led to costly runs and the seventh defeat of the season for the Warriors.

The Warriors are scheduled to play Mass Bay CC on Saturday at Louis R. Colombo Field starting at 12:00 pm. Shane Holmes and Luke Nagle will take the mound for the Warriors in the twin bill.

Travis had a single, double and triple and scored three times for the Warriors.

Travis had a single, double and triple and scored three times for the Warriors.

Losing a tough one…2-1

Friday afternoon, we traveled to Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT, to play the University of CT at Avery Point. They are one of the best teams in New England and sported a 13-3 record, after a strong spring trip to Florida. We were hoping to beat the rain that was forecast and play nine innings of baseball. I told the team prior to the start of the game that any mistakes would be problematic, because UCAP was simply to good a team and physical and mental errors would be tough to overcome. I mentioned the formula of walks + errors less than five as a game plan to stay competitive. Tommy Protentis and Luke Nagle combined to hold the Pointers to four hits on the day and the defense was error free.

But even the best game plans can be impacted by something a simple as a lead-off walk. The lead-off batter for UCAP walked, stole second and scored on a single to left center and that was pretty much the game. The UCAP starter retired the first 14 Warrior hitters before Matt Levasseur drew a walk in the top of the fifth inning.  UCAP scored one more run in the fourth, once again the runner reaching on one of the two walks issued by Warrior pitching in the game.

Our offense was pretty much nonexistent, until the seventh inning, when Pat Murray was hit by a pitch, then stole second on a delay, He moved to third on a Joe Walsh single and scored on Luke Nagle’s sacrifice fly. That was it for the Warrior offense in terms of scoring on the day.  Luke came on in relief in the sixth inning and retired all nine batters that he faced. He has now hurled 10 consecutive scoreless inning on the season.

Two walks and no errors wasn’t enough to secure a win, as the Warriors only managed three hits on the day. I don’t believe in style points, but if the Warriors can continue to play this type of baseball, with a  bit more offense, we are going to be OK.

The weekend’s games have been postponed as Louis R. Colombo Field is still not playable and the weather outlook is not great for the next three days. From a weather standpoint this is beginning to look like a season that is going to be dramatically impacted in terms of how many games can actually be played. We are due to host the Bunker Hill Bulldogs on Tuesday, with Shane Holmes taking the mound for the Warriors.

Tom pitch five solid innings, allowing 5 hits  and two earned runs.

Tom pitch five solid innings, allowing 4 hits and two earned runs.

Massasoit CC 2 Riverland CC (MN) 0

The Warriors played a great game in a 2-0 win over the Riverland CC Devils. Luke Nagle was outstanding as he pitched a six hit complete game shut out.  Nagle only walked one batter while striking out three Devil hitters. In the top of the seventh with bases loaded and two outs, Nagle recorded the final out on a fly ball to Travis Ritchie in centerfield.

The Warriors were held to only three hits, but took advantage of their one scoring opportunity. Chris Roumbakis led off the bottom of the third with a double. With two outs Pat Murray coaxed a walk to put runners on first and second. David Murphy then crushed a double over the center fielder’s head to provide the margin of victory.

After a slow start the Warriors won four of the last five games at Historic DodgerTown in Vero Beach, Florida. The team heads home tomorrow, on the heels of a very successful spring trip.

The Warriors end their trip on a high note with a 2-0 victory over Riverland CC (MN).

The Warriors end their trip on a high note with a 2-0 victory over Riverland CC (MN).

Warriors struggle…

The Warriors lost to the Westchester CC Vikings by a score of 12-6. The Warriors were outplayed offensively and defensively. The Vikings put up nine runs on the first three innings, but the Warriors could never cut the deficit by more than three.

Luke Nagle had a three hit day and drove in a pair of runs, Joe Walsh had a pair of hits and two rbi and Chris Roumbakis had a pair of hits and a rbi. They provided the only bright spots for the Warrior on the offensive side. The goal was to play a clean game defensively but the Warriors really struggled to record ground ball outs.

As a great man once said, “we’ll play again tomorrow.” Luke Nagle will take the ball and and face Riverland CC (MN) as the Warriors wrap up their trip with a four o’clock game at Holman Stadium in Historic DodgerTown.

Luke had three hits and drove in a pair of runs in a loss to Westchester CC.

Luke had three hits and drove in a pair of runs in a loss to Westchester CC.