Baseball: Eagles Sweep Elms, Seek Regular Season Crown Sunday
Nashua – Needing a pair of NECC victories to keep pace for the regular season conference crown, the Daniel Webster baseball team used timely hitting and solid pitching to sweep Elms, 11-4 and 4-0 Saturday at Harvey Woods Field.
The victories set up a winner-take-all game three of the series – for Daniel Webster that is - in the regular season finale for both clubs on Sunday in Chicopee, Mass. beginning at Noon.
The Eagles (19-17, 12-5 NECC) maintained a one-game lead over second place Becker (11-6 NECC), which swept Lesley on Saturday. If DWC defeats Elms, they would win the NECC regular season crown outright and host the championship tournament next weekend. An Eagle loss and Becker victory would tie the teams and give Becker, which swept the Eagles during the regular season, the top seed. An Eagle loss and Becker loss would again give the Eagles the title.
In the opener, Eagle pitcher Kory Kiro (Goffstown, N.H.) celebrated his senior day in style, tossing a complete game victory for his 20th collegiate win as he improved to 5-2 on the season. Kiro allowed just one earned run (four total) on four hits, striking out five and walking one over seven innings.
Eric Bordeau (Alton Bay, N.H.) led DWC going 2 for 4 and knocked in three runs, while fellow freshman Kyle Brigham (Hudson, N.H.) was 2 for 2 with a triple and knocked in two. Rich Lizotte (West Warwick, R.I.) belted a RBI triple while Korey LeLievre (Hudson) and Josh Chasse (Haverhill, Mass.) knocked in one run each.
Felix Montalvo (Carolina, P.R.) was 2 for 3 for the Blazers (13-21, 9-8 NECC) knocking in two. Curtis LeBeau (Aubrun, Mass.) took the loss (3-5). Elms retained a one-game lead over Mitchell (8-9 NECC) for the fourth and final playoff spot.
DWC jumped ahead 3-0 in the first scoring two unearned runs while LeLievre belted a RBI double.
Montalvo followed with a two-run single in the second and Brigham answered with a single to score Darrik Marstaller (Spofford, N.H.) in the bottom of the frame for a 4-2 game.
DWC got some breathing room with three in the third on four hits including Lizotte's triple and after Elms cut it to 7-3 in the fourth with a Montalvo triple and Brady Forrest (Hampden, Mass.) single, Bordeau later answered with a two-run double for a 9-3 game after four.
Elms made it 9-4 with an unearned run in the fifth and Brigham added an RBI triple in the bottom of the inning while another unearned run made it 11-4.
|The Eagles seniors with their families run left to right: Kory Kiro (21),
Nate Marshall (5), Syed Ali (17), and Kenny Martin (7).
In the nightcap, Aaron Agrelo (New Bedford, Mass.) improved to 4-2 overall with the complete game shutout victory, his second of the season. Agrelo scattered six hits – all singles – and struck out two.
LeLievre had two hits including a triple and a RBI single for DWC.
The Eagles forged ahead 1-0 in the first Elliot Kilgore singled to lead off, advanced on an error and passed ball and came home on a Brigham ground out.
A Lizotte single would plate Bordeau in the second for a 2-0 game and the Eagles would give Agrelo some breathing room with two in the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles from LeLievre and Tyler Bonin (Litchfield, N.H.).
Derek Leal (Charlton, Mass.) took the loss (3-3) for Elms, allowing the four runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking one.