Bryan Dwyer

The end of the road…

The Warriors walked into a Northern Essex buzzsaw and were swept in the best of three series, by scores of 6-3 and 8-0. In the first game the freshmen carried the day offensively as Bryon Dwyer had four hits, a walk and scored a run in five plate appearances. Jon Hurley had a pair of hits and played outstanding defense at the hot corner as he handled all his chances flawlessly. Justin Martinho and Jim Lawless each drove in a run. This was a frustrating loss as the Warriors stranded 13 baserunners and had multiple opportunities to tie or go ahead in this contest.

The 8-0 shutout started off with the Northern Essex lead-off hitter hitting a routine ground ball and coming all the way around to score on a throwing error. That’s the only run the Knights needed. Dylan Ashburn led the offense with a pair of hits and both times ended up stranded at third base. The Warriors were held to only four hits by the Northern Essex pitching staff, as once again the offense struggled.

Like the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Warriors will simply have to wait until next year…

Tournament Information/Directions

Here is the schedule for this weekend’s Region XXI Division III Baseball Tournament:

5:00 Game

3:15 – 3:45 Massasoit Batting Practice
3:45 – 4:15 Northern Essex Batting Practice
4:15 – 4:20 Clear field
4:20 – 4:30 Massasoit Infield/Outfield
4:30 – 4:40 Infield/Outfield
4:50 – 4:55 Meeting at Plate
4:55 – 5:00 Introductions/National Anthem

6:00 Game
4:15 – 4:45 Massasoit Batting Practice
4:45 – 5:15 Northern Essex Batting Practice
5:15 – 5:20 Clear field
5:20 – 5:30 Massasoit Infield/Outfield
5:30 – 5:40 Infield/Outfield
5:50 – 5:55 Meeting at Plate
5:55 – 6:00 Introductions/National Anthem

12:00 PM Game:
10:15 AM 10:45 AM Massasoit Batting Practice
10:45 AM 11:15 AM Northern Essex Batting Practice
11:15 AM 11:20 AM Clear field
11:20 AM 11:30 AM Massasoit Infield/Outfield
11:30 AM 11:40 AM Infield/Outfield
11:50 AM 11:55 AM Meeting at Plate
11:55 AM- 12:00 PM Introductions/National Anthem

Trinity Stadium
17 Lincoln Ave
Haverhill, MA 01830

Trinity Stadium
495 North to Exit 48 (Route 125 – Ward Hill/Bradford). Continue straight off ramp onto the Ward Hill Connector. Follow it to the end. Bear left at the end onto Route 125 North towards Haverhill/Bradford. Continue on 125 until you cross the Merrimack River on a concrete bridge. Turn right at the lights just after getting over the bridge (you will now be driving parallel with the river). Continue along this road for about 2 miles. The stadium is on the right (across from the Hospital).

Quinsigamond CC 8 – Massasoit CC 6

The Wyverns put up five runs in the bottom of the first inning and that was pretty much all she wrote. Liam Richmond, Jack DeCoste and Mike Nader held them to three runs (two earned) over the next seven innings to keep the Warriors in the game, but the offense sputtered and ran into several outs at critical times. The base running gaffes and a tough day defensively for the outfielders made it an uphill battle for the Warriors. Tyler Morini had three hits to lead the offense.

The Warriors finish the regular season at 17-17, but have a won/loss record of 15-10 since returning from Florida. Now they face the Northern Essex Knights in a best of three series starting Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Northern Essex CC campus in Haverhill, MA. Check this site for updates for start times and other relevant information.

Kevin Huscher

Warriors sweep the Holyoke CC Cougars 3-0 and 10-0

The Warriors beat the Cougars and a questionable weather forecast to sweep Holyoke CC in a double header. In the first game Jake Stearns recorded his sixth win of the year. Stearns struck out six and scattered seven hits. The Warriors did their scoring in the fourth inning. Kevin Huscher lead off with a single and promptly stole second base. He moved to third on a Tyler Morini single and scored on a passed ball for the first Warrior run. Morini stole second base and came around to score on an Alex Carey single. Alex came all the way around on a Justin Martinho single. The three runs were the margin of victory for the Warriors.

Zack Reid took a dominant fast ball to the mound to record the win a five inning, 10-0 victory. Zack only allowed one hit and struck our eight Cougar hitters. Huscher had a pair of hits, scored a run and stole a base. Dylan Ashburn has two hits and plated two runners.Bryan Dwyer had a first inning double that was scorched to left field and drove in two Warriors runs to set the pace for the offense for the remainder of the game.

The Warriors travel to Auburn High School tomorrow to play Quinsigamond CC and wrap up their regular season schedule.

Jim Bussiere

Warriors clinch a play-off berth!

The Warriors traveled to Haverhill, MA to play the Northern Essex Knights in a key Divisional match up and emerged a 9-3 winner in a rain shortened contest. Jimmy Bussiere pitched six strong innings, allowing only one earned run while striking out six Knight batters. Liam Richmond came on to pitch a clean seventh inning after which the game was called due to poor field conditions.

The Warriors found themselves chasing two runs going into the top of the third inning. Jon Hurley, Evan McSherry and Kevin Huscher loaded the bases with consecutive singles. Bryan Dwyer plated a run with a single and Tyler Morini had an rbi sacrifice fly. With runners on the corners Alex Carey launched a missile to left center field for his fourth home run of the season and a 5-3 Warrior lead.

Justin Martinho scored a run in the fourth after hitting one of his two doubles on the day. The Knights scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, but that was quickly answered by a three run outburst in the top of the seventh. Kevin Huscher hit a double and Bryan Dwyer walked and were both plated by a Dylan Ashburn single. Ashburn scored the final run of the game when Justin Martinho doubled him home.

The win assured the Warriors of a play-off spot beginning next Friday at Northern Essex CC in a best of three series. The Warriors return to action Saturday as they host Holyoke CC in a double header at Louis R. Colombo Field.

Mike Nader

Warriors drop a heartbreaker 5-3

Mike Nader pitched six sold innings, allowing only one earned run in a 5-3 loss to CCRI. The game was called in the top of the ninth inning when the rain became torrential. Tyler Morini had a pair of hits for the Warriors and Jon Hurley drove in a run in the fifth inning when the Warriors took a 2-1 lead. The first run scored on a balk. The Warriors took a 3-2 lead into the top of the eighth inning after a Dylan Ashburn sacrifice fly plated Alex Carey for the go ahead run. Then as they say “the wheels came off the wagon.” The Knights strung together a five hit inning to erase the deficit and end up on the top end of a 5-3 score.

The Warriors travel to Northern Essex CC tomorrow for a 3:30 pm Divisional game.

Justin Martinho

Warriors split with Southern Main CC Seawolves

The Warriors played two well pitched, defensive battles with the Southern Main CC Seawolves in South Portland, Maine. Jake Stearns improved to 5-1 hurling a four hit shutout that featured ten strikeouts and no walks and resulted in a 2-0 victory . Bryan Dwyer continued his torrid weekend with three hits and scored a run. Justin Martinho had a two rbi single to plate Dwyer and Alex Carey.

Game #2 was a heartbreaker for Zack Reid who ended up on the wrong end of a 3-1 score. Zack only allowed four hits and struck out nine Seawolves, but a pair of sixth inning walks provided the margin of victory for the home team. Kevin Huscher and Alex Carey each had a pair of hits for the Warriors. The Warriors stranded eight baserunners and had ample opportunities to break the game open. The upside was two superb pitching performances and errorless defense for the Warriors, who return to action on Wednesday as they host the CCRI Knights at the Louis R. Colombo Field.

Bryan Dwyer

Warriors split with Bridgeton Academy Wolverines

The Warriors traveled to Bridgeton, Maine to play the Wolverines in a Saturday double-header. Game #1 did not play out well as a six run second inning for Bridgton, paved the way to a 10-1 win. Kevin Jaynes had a pair of hits for the Warriors and Jack DeCoste pitched well, allowing only one earned run over the final three innings of play.

Game #2 featured an outstanding pitching performance by freshman,Bryan Dwyer. He went seven innings allowing only two earned runs while striking out six hitters to pick up his first collegiate win. Alex Carey had a pair of hits and drove in a run in the the 3-2 Warrior win.

Alex Carey

CCRI 10 – Massasoit CC 2

The Warriors played fairly uninspiring baseball as they traveled to Warwick, RI to play the CCRI Knights. Jack Decoste pitched two innings shutout ball and was the lone bright spot on the mound for the Warriors. Alex Carey hit his third home run of the year, as he launched an absolute missile to the left center power alley. Bryan Dwyer has three of the five Warrior hits to lead the offense.

The Warriors travel to Maine for the weekend to play a doubleheader against Bridgeton Academy on Saturday and a twin bill against Southern Maine CC on Sunday.

Jim Lawless

Massasoit CC sweeps Quinsigamond CC

Jake Stearns pitched an outstanding game to secure the victory in game #1against Quinsigamond CC, as the Warriors ended up with a 6-2 victory. Jake cruised through the first six innings, allowing only four hits. The Wyverns roughed him up for two runs in the top of the seventh, but Stearns bore down and struck out the final two hitters leaving runners stranded on first and third base. Evan McSherry led off the game with a walk was moved to second on a ground ball and scored on a Alex Carey double. Carey had a pair of doubles and two runs batted in. Tyler Morini plated a pair of runs on two hard hit outs. The Warriors plated two runs in the fifth to give Jake some breathing room and three more in the sixth to put the game away.

The second game was an eight inning 4-3 nail biter. Jimmy Bussiere came on the fifth for Zack Reid and slammed the door to pick up his first win of the season. The Warriors plated three in the bottom of the third inning courtesy of several passed balls/wild pitches. The only Warrior rbi was once again driven in by Tyler Morini double in the gap. As the scoreless innings passed by, the Warriors had multiple chances to win the game, but each time they failed to plate the game winner. With two out in the bottom of the eighth inning Bryan Dwyer reached with his second hit of the game. He went to second on a balk. With two outs, Jimmy Lawless came to the plate. Jimmy hit a top spin ground ball and alertly slid into first, beating the tag. As the first baseman attempted to make the play, Dwyer scored the game winner.

The Warriors are now 12-12 and have positioned themselves for a run for a Region XXI Tournament spot. They play at home on Tuesday, April 26th, at 3:30 pm against Dean College.