Holyoke, MA – The Elms College Baseball team had their most consistent day of the year The Blazers showed solid pitching, timely hitting and great defense on their way to two big New England Collegiate Conference wins over visiting Newbury College.
Game 1 – Elms 7, Newbury 1
The Blazers got off to a quick start pushing two runs across the plate and three more on a Nate Ayala (Springfield, MA) double. Ayala would strike again in the 6th with a two-run single giving Elms a 7-1 lead. Ayala would go 3-4 on the day and drive in 5 runs.
Brandon Bennett (Easthampton, MA) was outstanding in a complete game win for the Blazers.
Game 2 – Elms 6, Newbury 1
The Blazers jumped out to an early lead for the second straight game plating two runs in the 1st inning and adding to two more in the 3rd and the 4th. Josh Berthiaume (Pittsfield, MA) had the big hit in the game with a bases-clearing triple.
Elms got another great pitching performance this time from Jacob Graveline (Palmer, MA) going six innings only allowing three hits and one run.
Nighthawks sophomore Ryan West (Jupiter, Fla.) finished 1-for-2 with an RBI double in the second.
This was a big win for the Blazers and Coach Scott Netkovick as he picks up his 100th career win.
The sweep moves the Blazers to 6-18 (4-4 NECC) and the Nighthawks to 5-18 (2-8 NECC).
Newbury returns to action next Saturday, April 20, with more NECC play, this time travelling to the Dean Bulldogs for a doubleheader starting at noon.
Portions of this release courtesy Elms Athletics.