Game 1 Score: Babson 23, Emerson 1
Game 2 Score: Babson 11, Emerson 6
Game 1 Pitching Decision: W - Jordy Allard (4-0) ; L - AJ Ortega (0-1)
Game 2 Pitching Decision: W - Michael Nocchi ; L - Chris Lowe
Location: Northboro, Mass. (New England Baseball Complex - Field 1)
Date: April 24, 2021
The Lead: Matt Nachamie finished the day going 4-for-6 at the plate for the Emerson baseball team, but the Lions were handed two setbacks by the Babson Beavers in NEWMAC baseball action on Saturday afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex.
GAME ONE: Babson 23, Emerson1
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Pitching: AJ Ortega (0-1): 2.1 IP, three hits, seven runs (six earned), five walks, two strikeouts
Benny Guevara - .2 IP, two hits, three runs, one walk
Johnny Maffei - 3.0 IP, two hits, two runs, two walks, one strikeout
Logan Reilly - 1.0 IP, one run, one walk, one strikeout
Max Mandel - 0.0 IP, one hit, five runs, four walks
Sam Gutkin - 1.0 IP, two hits, four runs, four walks
Jake Hatch - 1.0 IP, one hit, one run, one walk, three strikeouts
Matthew Valente - 3-for-6, double, triple, home run, two runs scored, five RBIs
Jack Pirkl - 1-for-2, one run scored, three RBIs
AJ DiFillipo - 1-for-3, one run scored, three RBIs
Jack Ward - two runs scored, two RBIs
Pitching: Jordy Allard (4-0) - 5.0 IP, five hits, one run, six strikeouts
Nate Carpenter - 1.0 IP, one strikeout
Tim Person - 1.0 IP, two hits, two strikeouts
Alex Luka - 1.0 IP, one hit, two strikeouts
HOW IT HAPPENED
Top 1st: Babson jumped on the board first when AJ DiFillipo sent a deep sacrifice fly into deep center to plate Dembroski. (1-0, Babson)
Top 2nd: The Beavers tacked on a pair in its half of the second when Burychka clubbed a solo shot over the right field fence and saw the second run cross on DiFillipo's grounder to the shortstop. (3-0, Babson)
Top 3rd: In the top of the third frame, the visitors posted seven runs to quickly ballon its lead into double figures as they capitalized on several wild pitches and got a two-RBI single from Pirkl. (10-0, Babson)
Top 4th & 5th: Emerson saw its deficit continue to grow as Babson plated two more runs over the fourth and fifth frames. Valente's RBI single made its way into the right center gap in the fourth. Then in the fifth, DiFillipo went deep with a solo shot.
Bottom 5th: The Lions finally made their way into the game when Jacey watched his first homer of the season soar over the center field wall.
Top 7th: With a runner on third and no outs, Valente sent a sacrifice fly into center to bring in Ward.
Top 8th: The Beavers boosted their already extensive lead in the eighth with nine more runs that were scored mostly on walks and wild pitches surrendered by Lions pitching.
Top 9th: Colin Rooney notched an RBI three-bagger into right in the ninth that crossed B Savage for the final Beavers run of the game. Lions pitching was able to retire the final two batters of the inning out on strikes.
Bottom 9th: Jake Okamoto gave Emerson some offensive spark when he smacked a double into the gap in right, but was stranded as the last two Lions batters were sent to the dugout on back-to-back punch-outs.
GAME TWO: Babson 11, Emerson 6
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Pitching: Chris Lowe - 4.0 IP, six hits, six runs, three walks, two strikeouts
Ty Bourne - 2.0 IP, one hit, three runs, four walks, one strikeout
Bryan Simmons-Hayes - 2.0 IP, one hit, one run, three walks
Rory Tettemer - 1.0 IP, one run, two walks, one strikeout
Matthew Valente - 2-for-5, double, triple, one run scored, four RBIs
Jack Ward - 2-for-4, double, one run scored
Thomas Lapham - three RBI, two runs scored
Jack Pirkl - three runs scored
Pitching: Ben Gottesman - 4.1 IP, five hits, six runs (five earned), one walk, nine strikeouts
Michael Nocchi - 1.2 IP, one walk, one strikeout
William Gallagher - 1.0 IP, one hit, one strikeout
Jack Theriault - 1.0 IP, two strikeouts
Henry Leake - 1.0 IP, one hit, one strikeout
HOW IT HAPPENED
Top 1st: The Beavers' bats got going early with the help of Valente's RBI triple that landed in center that was followed by DiFlippo, who dropped his RBI single into right. (2-0, Babson)
Bottom 2nd: Hatch used the long ball to take Gottesman deep and watched his solo homer fly over the fence in center. (2-1, Babson)
Bottom 3rd: The third was busy for Emerson. Nachamie smacked a single to begin the inning and Josh Cohen successfully reached on a Beavers' defensive mishap, who both plated on Copeland's RBI single that landed in the right center gap, and took their first lead of the game. (3-2, Emerson)
Top 4th: Locked three-all, Babson used their half of the fourth to tally four runs and pull ahead by three with the help of a bases loaded walk and wild pitch. Valente then launched an RBI two-bagger into left that allowed Andrew Dembrowski to come home. (6-3, Babson)
Bottom 5th: The Lions came out swinging in the home half of the fifth and took their turn to level the score, this time at 6-6. Nachamie batted a double into left center and Cohen drew a one out walk to set up Morgan, who launched the three-run equalizer over the wall in right. (6-6)
Top 7th: A run scored on a wild pitch and Lapham reaching on a fielder's choice allowed three runs scored come across for Babson as the visitors reclaimed the three-run lead heading into the eighth.Babson threatened for more, but a key defensive play at home by the Lions stalled the threat. (9-6, Babson)
Top 9th: The Beavers once again used walks to plate runs and came home on a wild pitch with no outs in the frame followed by Valente reaching on a fielder's choice that got Pirkl home. (11-6, Babson)
Bottom 9th: Nachamie opened up the Lions' comeback hopes with a one-out single off Leake, but was stranded as Leake retired the last two batters on strikes and a fly out.