Baseball: LeLievre's 4 RBI, Ali's Mound Work Powers Eagles Past Elms In Finale, 5-1
Nashua - Rookie Korey LeLievre (Hudson, N.H.) went 2 for 4 and knocked in four runs to up his season total to 48 – a program seasonal record at DWC – and junior righty Syed Ali (Dracut, Mass.) tossed a solid six innings for his third win of the year as host Daniel Webster downed Elms College, 5-1 and salvage one game of their three-game NECC series Sunday afternoon at Harvey Woods Field.
The Eagles (19-13, 10-8 NECC) took their regular season finale and earned the third seed for the upcoming four-team NECC championship tournament to be held next Friday, Saturday and Sunday at regular season champion Mitchell College in New London, Conn.
The Eagles are slated to face second-seeded Becker College in the opening round on Friday beginning at 3:00 p.m. while Mitchell hosts fourth-seeded Southern Vermont at 11:00 a.m.
The tournament continues Saturday with games at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. with the finals on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. if necessary.
DWC is the defending co-tournament champion, having shared the title with Mitchell in last-year's rain-shortened playoffs.
Ali (3-1) allowed just two hits and one unearned run in the first, striking out two and walking four. Bill McLaughlin added two innings of one-hit relief while Conner Milliken and Skyler Gregorek (Schuylerville, N.Y.) combined for a quiet ninth.
Brendan Cordeiro (Berkley, Mass.), Hector Roche (Bronx, N.Y.) and Zach Dreher (Naugatuck, Conn.) added singles for the Blazers, who completed their season 15-19 overall (7-11 NECC).
Sophomore John Russell (Springfield, Mass.) took the loss (1-1).
Elms took the lead in the first as Cordeiro singled to lead off, stole second and scored on an error, but DWC plated three in the third as Chris MacKenzie (Burlington, Conn.) walked to lead off and later scored on a Calkin fielder's choice, while LeLievre sent Calkin and Bruce Brown (Lowell, Mass.) home with a two-out double.
DWC iced it with a two-out rally in the seventh as Josh Chasse singled, Calkin walked and Brown singled, setting up LeLievre's second double.