HENNIKER, N.H. – The Thomas baseball team took two victories over the New England College Pilgrims in North Atlantic Conference action on Sunday afternoon, winning game one 9-4 and game two by a score of 3-2.
In game one, the Terriers use six Pilgrim errors to their advantage, plating seven unearned runs on their way to a 9-4 victory in the first game of the doubleheader.
Thomas (6-13, 4-6 NAC) scored six runs in the second inning, highlighted by a solo homerun by Beau Ewton, the first of his career, and a two-run double to center field by Derek Kane. NEC (4-8, 1-2 NAC) got two runs back in the home half of the second inning as Francesco DiRe singled, followed by a Zach Carrano walk. DiRe later scored on a double off the bat of Joe Paliotte and Carrano would score on a passed ball.
Each team knocked in a run in the third inning and battled through the following three innings scoreless. Thomas struck for two more in the seventh as Anree Benitez hit a two-out single followed by a Derek Kane walk. Benitez then scored on a single to center by Nik Beeson and Kane would come across as well on a throwing error by the Pilgrims.
NEC got back the two runs in the seventh as Paliotte hit his second double of the game to right center and scored on a single by Christopher Smith. Smith then scored off a single by Conor Crouse. The Terriers forced a ground ball double-play to escape any more runs and take the 9-4 victory.
Picking up the win on the mound for Thomas was Kyle Fletcher, who pitched the complete game allowing four earned runs on seven hits while striking out two. NEC's Vincent Backert pitched six innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out five.
Kane finished game one 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs batted in and two runs scored, while Joe Quinlan recorded two hits as well for the Terriers.
Neither team was able to record a hit until the fifth inning when Thomas' Christopher Esquivel singled home Aron Smestad, who had reach on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on an error. Esquivel was scored on a double off the bat of Anree Benitez giving the Terriers the 2-0 lead.
Beau Ewton would make it 3-0 Terriers in the sixth inning as he would hit his second homerun of the day, sending the ball over the left field fence.
The Pilgrims got on the board in the sixth inning as Conor Crouse would open with a single and score on a sacrifice fly by Steve DeLuca. Vincent Backert then singled to left field and scored on a double by Francesco DiRe that hot off the left field fence.
Neither team would be plate any runs in the seventh inning as Nik Beeson would retire the final three batters in order recording his first save of the season for the Terriers. Picking up the win on the mound was Peyton Kennison, who allowed just two earned runs on four hits and struck out three.
Christopher Smith allowed just one earned run on three hits in the loss for NEC.
The two teams face off in a second doubleheader on Monday, April 13 starting at 1:00 PM.