NECC Knights End Season at NJCAA World Series
This was the third time in the college’s history that the Knights qualified for the World Series. Their first trip to the Division III World Series was in 2006. A year ago, NECC got to within two wins of a national title before bowing out.
The Knights suffered a 2-1 loss to Nassau (N.Y.) in 10 innings on Saturday. Josh Cummiskey threw 8.2 strong innings, striking out three hitters and allowing just six hits in the game. Cummiskey threw 109 pitches in the contest. The Knights scored their lone run in the fifth inning, when Dario Medrano lifted a fly ball to right field, bringing in catcher Chris Legerstrom to take the lead. The Knights surrendered the lead in the next inning when Nassau’s Brandon Gideon scored on an error to tie the game.
The game remained a stalemate until the 10th inning, when a ground ball up the middle scored Chris Appel made walkoff winners of Nassau. Tyler Johnson and Jake Rayner each had two hits for Northern Essex. The Knights notched 8 hits in the contest, but left 11 men on-base. They take on Brookhaven Community College tomorrow at noon.
They lost the second game 9 to 2 to Brookhaven Community College. Freshman Zack Beckwith, of Manchester, NH, who has nursed a back injury since the regional playoffs began, threw for just one inning allowing four runs.
Sophomore Derek Dolan of Lowell relieved Beckwith and kept the team in the game. Dolan went 5.1 innings allowing just one earned run. Alex Mears of Sandown, NH, and Daniel Peters of Salem, NH, each pitched in the game, as well.
Dario Medrano of Salem scored both of NECC’s runs.
Alex Mears, Chris Martin, David Cusack, Derek Dolan, Tyler Johnson, and Nick Goodin represented all Northern Essex nationally twice.
Team members include:
Alex Mears, sophomore, 19, Sandown, NH, Alexander Ray, sophomore, 20, Essex; Anthony Caiani, 18, freshman, Exeter, NH; Cameron Berube, freshman, 19, Rye, NH; Christopher Andella, sophomore , 21, Tewksbury; Christopher Legerstrom, freshman, 21, Tewksbury; Christopher Martin, sophomore, 19, Manchester, NH; Daniel Peters, 19, freshman, Salem, NH; David Cusack, sophomore, 19, Newburyport; David Quezada, freshman, 19, Lawrence; Derek Dolan, sophomore, 19, Lowell; Edgardo Medrano, freshman, 20, Salem; Jacob Rayner, freshman, 19, Billerica; Jonathan De La Cruz, freshman, 19, Haverhill; Joshua Cummiskey, sophomore, 19, Lowell; Nicholas Goodin, sophomore, 20, Dracut; Quinn McCann, freshman, 20, Rye, NH; Trevor Bouvier, freshman, 20, Salem, NH; Tyler Johnson, sophomore, 20, Newton Junction, NH; Zachary Beckwith, freshman, 18, Manchester, NH.