–By Julie Bellavia
Special to The Times-Free Press
After a rough start to the month of June, the East Boston Knights got back on track Friday, June 17 at East Boston Stadium vs. the rival Brighton Minutemen.
n their biggest game yet, the team showed what Knights’ baseball is all about.¬† The Knights were down 5-1 after starter Steve Maycock alllowed a grand slam to give the Minutemen a big advantage, but the Knights picked away.
Relief pitcher Justin Wojcik took the ball and did not allow a hit through his 3 and 2/3 innings to keep the deficit at 4.
The Knights answered back with three runs in the bottom of the third on another monster blast by Juan Rosario that trimmed the lead to one. The Knights went on to score single runs in the fourth and fifth to take the lead and it was a lead they would not relinquish.
In the sixth they plated two more runs for insurance on a triple by Rosario that was set up by singles from Ace Dinapoli and Jess Stanley.
Rosario went 3 for 4 with two runs, five RBI and a home run, going a double shy of the cycle. He now leads the YBL with four home runs and 15 RBIs. Branden Eaton came in and slammed the door shut in the seventh for his first ever Yawkey League save.¬† The Knights showed tremendous heart and are now earning the reputation of never being out of any game.
With this victory the team leapfrogged over the Minutemen to take back first place in the division.
On Sunday, June 19, the Knights played against the Al Thomas A’s and almost stole another win away from one of the top teams in the league.
Eaton took the hill for the Knights and was sharp early.In the fourth inning, things got tough with the A’s dropping six runs on the Knights.
Bloop hits, an infield single and a bad call did the team in and the Knights found themselves down 7-1. With a shorthanded crew, the Knights showed why they are never to be counted out. With four players making their Yawkey League debut as starters, they almost pulled off a huge upset by scoring five runs in the sixth and having the tying run stranded at second in the seventh.
The Knights lost 7-6 but it was a moral victory for the hometown team.
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