As the weather heats up so do the East Boston Knights. The YBL Knights win their only game this week vs. the Savin Hill Hornets and the RRBL Knights swept a double header against the Pepperell Red Dogs Sunday to go undefeated on the week. Pitching has been the key for both teams as both teams try to climb to the top of their respected divisions. The YBL Knights now sit at 3 – 2, 2 points behind leader McKay Club Beacons in the “Yaz” division. The RRBL Knights currently sit in 3rd place at 5 – 3 only 1 ½ games behind division leader Beverly Indians. Knights General Manager Eric Bellavia seems happy with both teams so far. “We are right where we want to be thus far. We certainly have high expectation for both teams but don’t expect to go undefeated. I have been extremely happy with our pitching staff. They have been amazing.” The Knights boast the YBL’s top ERA at a minuscule 0.72. “The hard work in the offseason is starting to bear fruit. We focused on recruiting pitchers that could be come in and help us immediately but more importantly be open to the idea of starting and pitching out of the bullpen in between starts. We only have 5 games to go on but so far it has been successful.”
EAST BOSTON, MA…..After starting the season 2 and 2 on their 4 game road trip to open the season the Knights returned home after an 11 day layoff to face off against division foe Savin Hill in the blazing heat at East Boston Stadium.
The Knights sent Sean Hannon to the bump to face off against Nate Hoder. Hannon went 3 innings striking out 8 allowing only one hit in his season debut for the Knights. Newcomers Corey Laliberte and Max Ockner combined along with Steve Hueston to finish off the job Hannon started. In all Knights pitching allowed only 2 hits and struck out 15 Hornets on the night. Laliberte struck out the side in the 4th inning making his first ever appearance as a Knight.
Offensively the Knights bats went cold. Chris Dowd hit a shot that got by the left fielder for an RBI triple. Dowd now leads the YBL in RBI with 8. Jared Kenney chipped in with 2 RBI and Geoff Harris stole 2 bases on the night.
Next up fot the YBL Knights:
Wednesday, June 5th vs Athletics at Ronan Park 7:30
Friday, June 7th vs Medford Maddogs at Morelli Field 8:00
Saturday, June 8th vs Brighton Blacksox King Field 1:00
Saturday, June 8th vs South Boston Saints King Field 4:00
PEPPERELL, MA – The Knights traveled to Pepperell for a double header against the division leading Red Dogs. Dan Moran (3IP; 4H, 3R, 3K) started the game for the Knights and ran into trouble early. 3 runs scored in the first with one out before Moran struck out the last two batters to stop the bleeding. The knights got on the board in the 2 nd when John Scull (3-4; 3B, 2B, 2RBI, 2SB) doubled to left-center, stole both second and third, and then scored on a Tim Antonellis (0-1; RBI, SacB) fielder’s choice.
The Red Dogs will score 2 more runs in the third making the score 5-2. The Knights answer back with 2 in the fourth inning sparked by singles by Scull and Joe Vitale (2-3; R, BB). Antonellis moved them over with a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Eduardo Colmenares (2-4; 2B, 3RBI) and single from Jaret Kell (3-5; RBI). Colmenares would go on to tie the game by knocking in Geoff Harris (2-4; SB, HBP) in the 6 th .
Scull collected his third hit on the game in the 7 th on a triple that scored Aren Eaton and Patrick Donohoe giving the Knights all of the lead they would need to cruise to victory. Sean Perkins (4IP; W, 6K, 1H) held the Red Dogs scoreless over 4 frames to collect his first win of his RRBL career, a 10-5 come-back victory.
Other Notables: Omar Ortiz made his return to the knights going 1-2 with a double and a run scored.
PEPPERELL, MA – The second game of the double header between the Knights and Red Dogs got off to a quick start with Justin Wojcik (4IP; W, 3H, 4K) retiring the 5 of the first 6 batters. A fly out in the 3rd would be the only ball out of the infield for the Red Dogs against Wojcik. After scoring 1 run in the second by way of three consecutive errors, the Knights broke the game open with a 12 run third inning. The knights sent 16 batters to the plate with Eduardo Colmenares (3-3; 2B, 4RBI, SB) and Omar Ortiz (2-3; 2B, 2RBI) doing most of the damage by way of a combined 4 hits and 6 RBIs while each scoring twice.
The Red Dogs would score again in the 5th off Patrick Donohoe (1IP; K, BB, HBP) before he struck out the lead-off batter to end the game. The Knights improved to 5-3 on the year with their sweep of the Red Dogs. With the day’s win, the Knights climb back to above .500 and only a game and a half out of first place in the division behind the Beverly Indians. The Knights next match-up will be next Sunday against the Brewers at Palmer Cove in Beverly at 10AM.
Player: Sean Hannon
Height: 6’ 0”
Hometown: Tewksbury, Massachusetts
College: Daniel Webster
Favorite Color: EBK Blue & Gold
Claim to fame: Dunked on playground basketball legend Dan Medeiros leaving him posterized at Livingston Street Park.
Sean Hannon joined the Knights in the 2011 season and quickly made an impact throwing a no-hitter against the Medford Maddogs in his second game ever in an EBK uniform…..Sean is 9 – 5 with a 2.76 ERA and 109 K’s in 96.1 innings pitched all time for EBK….Sean earned All star status last season pitching at Fenway Park….Attended Shawsheen Tech high school.