BY JACOB LACE // APRIL 1, 2016 //
After a 21-14 hitting parade over the Newbury Nighthawks (7-8-1) in the first game of a doubleheader, Curry (9-5) kept right on scoring to “mercy-rule” Newbury to close out Thursday night’s second game.
The Nighthawks had a much less productive offensive output, registering just five hits in a 12-3 loss to the Colonels. But Curry head coach Bruce Weckworth believed that even after such a high-scoring first game, his players shouldn’t “take [Newbury] lightly” in the second game.
It’s obvious that Curry’s players felt the same way, especially sophomore pitcher Jordan Lizotte, who held the Nighthawks to only five hits in her five innings pitched.
With only two strike outs in her outing, at first glance the box score may belie Lizotte’s control of the game. She kept the Nighthawks scoreless through the first four innings, retiring six consecutive batters in the second and third inning. Were it not for a couple of infield errors in the fifth inning, she might have left the game with a shut-out.
Watching your opponent score 14 runs in the first game wasn’t an easy thing to handle, but Lizotte understood that when she started. She explained her mindset was to forget what happened in the game before, and that “it was a new game and a fresh start.”
Pitching aside, there’s no way to laud the Colonels offense enough. Curry started off the game by scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Sophomore April Adams opened the flood gates for the Colonels when she scored the game’s first run, off of a sac-fly from sophomore Mikayla Lambert.
Curry wasn’t done there, either: after a 1-2-3-inning from Lizotte, junior Marissa Bruno hit a 2-run home run to center-field to make the score 7-0 at the end of the second. Adams finished the game four-for-four with two runs; Lizotte, Bruno and junior Makayla Korona all also crossed home-plate twice and four other Colonels each notched a run, as well.
Seven total Colonels had at least one RBI as Curry accrued 14 hits. Compared to the Nighthawks’ three runs from only five hits, and it seems that only one of the teams from the first game showed up to the second game of the double-header, which was simply a pitcher’s nightmare.
When speaking of the second game, Weckworth said that Newbury has “good positional players,” and that while it does require a good defense to win games, pitching and hitting are just as important. At the end of the night, Curry College showed up with all three.
Homecoming: Today’s games were the first ones at home this season. Curry just recently came back from a trip that took them through Fort Myers, Fla., where it went 4-4-0.
Powerhouse Offense: The highest scoring professional baseball game reached 49 total runs; today Curry’s team scored 3/4’s that on its own.
Lasting Impact: Congratulations to Curry head coach Bruce Weckworth, who is finally of “legal age” after starting his 21st year of coaching with the commencement of this campaign.