The East Boston Knights traveled to Malden to take on the Malden Maddogs at Maplewood Park. Toeing the rubber for the Knights newly acquired pitcher Brad Monroe who was matched up against Brad McLean. Monroe started off strong with a 1-2-3 first inning before allowing a 4 spot in the 2nd inning on some shoddy defense and a key single to Geoff Lopes. Brad McLean was brilliant for the Maddogs through 3 innings before the Knights offense wore him down in the 4th. Wilson Mercado and Brad Tardugno opened up the inning with walks before Kenny Polanco looped a single to right centerfield for the first run of the game. The Knights scrapped their way to 3 runs in the frame to cut the lead to 4-3. The Maddogs responded with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-3 lead. The Knights went back to work in the 6th loading the base and pushing 2 across to cut the lead to 6-5. Gordie Thomas and Jon Shepard came in relief of Monroe and held the Maddogs off for 3 innings to keep the Knights hanging around till the 7th. That set the stage for the Knights to tie the game in the last inning. With 2 out and nobody on Ramcy Lora worked a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Brain Maynard who proceeded to steal second to put the tying run in scoring position. Geoff Harris worked a walk and then Mike Oliveria singled up the middle to tie the game scoring Maynard. The Maddogs threatened in the bottom of the 7th but that was quickly put to rest by catcher Brett Remon who threw out Matt Delaney trying to steal second base. Brett Remon again came up big in the top of the 8th singling home Jose Paulino to take a 7-6 lead. Knights closer earned his first career save for his new team inducing a game ending 4-6-3 double play. Knights win on an amazing comeback 7-6. “We didn’t have our best stuff tonight but I am extremely proud on how we responded” said Manager Eric Bellavia. “We never gave up and fought the entire game to earn the win. This is a special group. The way the team stayed up even when things were bad and willed themselves to victory” The YBL Knights stayed undefeated on the early season at 2-0.
RRBL Knights game recap:
The Knights traveled to Cambridge on Sunday morning to try and get a winning streak together but ran into a Pirates squad hungry for their third win. Sean Perkins LP (5ER, 3K, 12H, 2BB) made his second start of the year looking for his first win. Several miscues in the first three innings allowed the Pirates to jump out to a 3-0 lead. There was not a lot the Knights could do to gain any ground on the Pirates as they squandered chances with men in scoring position in the second and failed to get a man passed first base for much of the game.
The Knights closed the gap in the fourth inning after Eduardo Colmenares (2-3; 2B, R) turned a bloop hit down the right field line into a double. John Scull (2-3; R, SB) followed up with a single and a stolen base to put men at second and third. Alex Carras (0-2; SacF, RBI) knocked in the first run of the day for the Knights with a deep fly to center field. After a Kenny Layton (1-3; RBI, SB) drove in the second run of the inning, the Knights saw only 1 more hit for the rest of the morning.
With a 1 run lead, the Pirates came to the plate in the bottom of the 6th inning and put up 3 more runs to pad their lead. The 4 run deficit was too much to overcome as the Knights fell to the Pirates 6-2. This loss drops the Knights down to 3-3 as a quarter of the season has been completed. The Knights travel to Peabody to take on the Red Dogs who won 2-0 in their last meeting.
YBL Knights upcoming games:
Thursday May, 22nd vs the Brighton Blacksox at Rodgers Park 7:30pm start
Friday May, 23rd vs the McKay Club Beacons at Maplewood Park 8pm start
RRBL Knights upcoming games:
Wednesday May 21st vs the Pepperell Red Dogs at Peabody High 8pm Start
Follow the East Boston Knights: