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Chetelat, Ninteau Help Execute Series Sweep of Blazers
The Newbury College baseball team swept Saturday afternoon's twin-bill against Elms College, 3-2 and 2-1, to take the season series, 2-1 against the Blazers. Reigning New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Player of the Week Alex Chetelat (Farmington, Conn.) tossed a complete game two-hitter in game two, to earn his fourth victory of the season.
Elms jumped on the board first pushing across a run in the top of the second. Senior catcher Ray Rivera (San Juan, Puerto Rico) led off the inning roping a double into right field then came around to score two batters later on single into right off the bat of first year right fielder Brady Forrest (Hampden, Mass.).
However, the Blazers lead was short lived. Leading off the home half of the frame Chetelat wasted no time and blasted a Matt Wood (Feeding Hills, Mass.) offering over the left center field fence to knot up the ballgame at one.
After the Blazers grabbed the lead once again in the top of the third, the Nighthawks responded, plating two in the bottom of the inning. First year second baseman Cameron D'Agostino (Salisbury, Mass.) led off the inning with a laser down the third baseline then moved up a bag on a base-hit by sophomore left fielder Michael Dwyer (Hamden, Conn.).
With one out and two aboard, junior right fielder Matthew Clawson (Tolland, Conn.) hit a slow roller to shortstop Alex King (Lebanon, Conn.), who looked to retire Dwyer at second but threw the ball into right field allow D'Agostino to come in the back door with the game-tying run.
Given a new life, Dwyer made the Blazers pay. After scampering to third on King's error, he gave the Nighthawks their first lead of the game, scoring on a double-steal attempt.
Atoning for his error earlier in the game, King lined a one-out single down the leftfield line in the top of the seventh that spelled the end of the afternoon for Ninteau. Coming in from right field, Clawson relieved his classmate and got second baseman Nico Iavicoli (Hampden, Mass.) to pop out to short for the second out of the frame. Left fielder Donny Morse (Alfred, Maine) kept the game alive with a double into right field. King tried to get on his high-horse and score from first but was thrown out at the dish by a perfectly executed relay from Dwyer, in right, to Chetelat to backstop Patrick Curry (Hampstead, N.H.).
The Nighthawks jumped out to the early lead in game two, taking advantage of a couple of Blazer miscues. Junior centerfielder Kyle Schiavone (Wethersfield, Conn.) lined a one-out rope into right field then scampered into scoring position on error by, Elms starter Curtis LeBeau (Auburn, Mass.). Dwyer followed up with a single allowing Schiavone to move up a bag before scoring on King's error. After swiping his conference leading 15th bag of the season, turned a single into a double with his conference leading 15th steal of the season, he advanced on to third on a slow infield base-hit from Clawson then came into score the go-ahead run on an error by the second baseman.
Elms was threatening to score in the later innings taking advantage of three Newbury miscues in the top of the sixth but Chetelat slammed the door on the Blazers and minimized the damage to just one run.
The Nighthawks got two magnificent performances on the hill from both Ninteau and Chetelat. Picking up conference leading fifth win of the season, Ninteau pitched 6.1 innings allowing just one earned run while striking out a new career game-high eight Blazers. Chetelat was just a awe-inspiring, tossing his first complete game of the season while striking out six Elms batters to earn his fourth victory of the year.
Newbury vaults into third place with a 7-5 conference record and 15-12 overall while Elms falls to 4-4 in the NECC and 7-14 overall. The Nighthawks return to action next week when they travel to Nashua, N.H. for a twin-bill against conference foe Daniel Webster College. First pitch is slated for 12:00 p.m.
All three games against the Blazers were one-run games with a combined 16 runs scored between the two teams…It was the 14th game of season that was decided by one run with the Nighthawks winning eight of them.