2009 NECC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (FINAL)
Quarterfinals - Friday, May 1
Game 1- #4 Mitchell (10-18, 5-5) at #1 Southern Vermont (11-24, 7-3), SVC 11, MC 10
Game 2- #3 Becker (14-14-1, 7-3) vs. #2 Elms (16-16, 7-3), BC 10, EC 1
Semifinals - Saturday, May 2
Game 3-Mitchell (10-19) vs. Elms (16-17), EC 12, MC 3
Game 4-Becker (15-14-1) vs. Southern Vermont (12-24), BC 11, SVC 4
Game 5- Elms (17-18) vs. Southern Vermont (12-25), EC 10, SVC 8
Championship Game - Sunday, May 3
Game 6-Becker (16-14-1) vs. Elms (18-18), BC 13, EC 5
#3 Becker 13, #2 Elms 5
BENNINGTON, Vt. - In the New England Collegiate Conference Baseball Playoffs the Becker College Hawks beat the Elms College Blazers to win the Inaugural Championship 13-5 at Epstein Field. Sophomore Jairo Valdez (Lynn, Mass.) led the Hawks offensively going 5-for-6 and scoring three runs while freshman pitcher Cody Harmes (Strasburg, Pa.) got the complete game win.
Elms came out strong with three in the first inning but with their tanks running on empty the Hawks kept chipping away. A four run eighth inning for Becker gave them a nine run cushion heading into the ninth.
Freshmen Joe Corey (Billerica, Mass.), Weston Meehan (Thomson, Ga.), and sophomore Keith Kandel (Fresno, Calif.) all hit great on the day for the Hawks. Corey went 3-for-4 knocking in four, Meehan went 3-for-5 jacking two solo shots, and Kandel had three base knocks to round out the offensive blast.
The Blazers were led by freshmen Brendan Cordeiro (Berkley, Mass.) and Nicolino Iavicoli (Hampden, Mass.) who were 3-for-5 and 2-for-4 on the day. Sophomore Albert Betances (Haverhill, Mass.) had solo home run going 1-for-2 off the bench for Elms.
Junior pitcher Dan Ingraham (Granby, Mass.) picked up the loss for the Blazers striking out three and giving up four runs.
2009 NECC All-Tournament Team
# 7 LF Paul Martinez, Mitchell College
#32 C Matthew Radke, Mitchell College
#13 1B Eric Wells, Southern Vermont College
#14 3B Adam Northup, Southern Vermont College
#1 2B Brendan Cordeiro, Elms College
#10 1B Albert Betances, Elms College
#27 LHP Zach LeBarron, Elms College
#7 1B Dan Briand, Becker College
#9 SS Jairo Valdez, Becker College
Most Valuable Player - #22 RHP Errick Maddern, Becker College
Story Courtesy of Southern Vermont Sports Information