Baseball drops two games to WNEC
The Western New England College Golden Bears outscored the New England College Pilgrims 35-4 sweeping a double-header Saturday afternoon in Henniker. This wins improve the Golden Bears to 27-11 overall and improves their conference record to 17-5. The losses drop the Pilgrims to 7-26 on the season and 2-20 in the conference.
In game one Western New England College (WNEC) would explode for seven runs on five hits in the top of the first grabbing an early lead. The Golden Bears would add to their lead plating three runs in the second and two in the third to go up 12-0. The Pilgrims would score a run in the third inning and hold WNEC scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings heading into the sixth down 12-1. The WNEC bats would not be silenced for long as the Golden Bears would add four runs on three hits in the sixth taking the 16-1 lead. NEC would manage to get two runs back in the bottom of the sixth but WNEC would tack on five runs in the seventh, cruising to the 21-3 victory.
Leading the way for WNEC was Ryan Kravontka (Glastonbury, Conn.) who finished with two hits including a homerun and three runs batted in. WNEC’s Chris Newell (Wallingford, Conn.) and Ryan Dudzinski (Bristol, Conn.) each chipped in two hits and three runs batted in for the Golden Bears. Steve Kearney (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished with three hits, three runs scored and four runs batted in for WNEC. Picking up the win on the mound for WNEC was Bryan Calzone (Bethel, Conn.) who allowed just one earned run in five innings of work and struck our eight.
Leading the way for NEC was Mike Caravella (Milford, N.H.) who finished with three singles and a run scored. NEC’s Scott Miller (Hillsborough, N.H.) singled twice for the Pilgrims.
In game two the Golden Bears picked up where they left off in game one scoring two runs in the top of the first and tacking on three in the third jumping to the early 5-0 lead. The Golden Bears would add to their lead in the fourth plating two runs on four hits taking a 7-0 advantage heading into the sixth. In the sixth inning WNEC would string together three hits and take advantage of some Pilgrims errors scoring five runs. The Golden Bears would plate two runs in the seventh and hold the Pilgrims to just one run in the bottom half of the inning to go on and capture the 14-1 win.
Leading the way for WNEC in game two was Mike Beck (Whitesboro, N.Y.) and Travis Schwamb (W. Springfield, Mass.) who each finished with three hits including a homerun. WNEC’s Justin Walz (Groton, Conn.) chipped in two hits, two runs scored and two runs batted in, while Chris Newell singled twice for the Golden Bears. Picking up the win on the mound for WNEC was Evan Michaud (Windsor Locks, Conn.) who allowed no runs on four hits in six innings of work.
Leading the way for NEC was Scott Miller who singled twice and batted in the lone run for the Pilgrims.