WNE Wins Game One of CCC Baseball Championship Series, Second Game Suspended in 12th

WNE Wins Game One of CCC Baseball Championship Series, Second Game Suspended in 12th


NEWPORT, R.I. – Game two of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Baseball Championship Series was suspended due to darkness. No. 3 seed Western New England and No. 1 seed Salve Regina are tied 6-6 in the 12th inning and will resume play on Sunday, May 13 at 12:30 p.m. at Reynolds Field.

Western New England won game one of the best-of-three series earlier in the day, 11-3, putting the Golden Bears in the driver's seat. The Seahawks will be looking to extend the series with a win when the second game resumes. If Salve Regina wins the conclusion of game two, the two teams will play the deciding game later Sunday afternoon.

The winner of the CCC Championship Series will be named the CCC Tournament Champion will receive the league's automatic qualifier into the 2018 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship.

#3 Western New England 11, #1 Salve Regina 3

NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina sophomore starter Patrick Maybach (Saunderstown, R.I.) pitched seven innings and struck out 12 while only allowing two hits, but four bases on balls and three fielding errors contributed to four unearned runs.

Western New England broke the game open against the Seahawk bullpen with seven runs on six hits in the eighth inning. Right fielder Jamie Scholfield (Darien, Conn.) reached base five times (two walks, two hit by pitches, and a single) and scored three runs. His single plated two more Golden Bears. Left fielder Ben LaCroix (Branford, Conn.) also had two hits including a double and drove in three runs. Golden Bears starter Bob Hamel (Southwick, Mass.) scattered nine hits while striking out five Seahawks to run his record to 6-0 on the season.

Game recap courtesy of the Salve Regina Sports Information Department.


#1 Salve Regina 6, #3 Western New England 6 – GAME SUSPENDED IN 12th

NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina jumped out to a 5-0 lead after five innings with left fielder Dustin Siqueira (Trumbull, Conn.) driving in center fielder Michael DeFusco (East Greenwich, R.I.) in the top of the second for the first Seahawk lead of the day. Colton Eremian (Boca Raton, Fla.) had a third-inning single that scored Alex Perry (North Attleboro, Mass.) from second. Perry had three extra base hits on the day - a triple and two doubles. Salve Regina added three more runs in the fifth including a two-run blast to left center by Eremian, his fifth home run of the season. Western New England starter Jake Kawiecki (Burlington, Conn.), who entered the game with a 6-0 record on the season, was taken off the hook when his teammates scored three in the sixth and another three in the eighth. Salve Regina starter Will Ginsberg (Sharon, Mass.) struck out eight in seven innings of work with his only damage allowed in the sixth.

CCC Player of the Year Alex Loparco (Riverside, Conn.) brought home the first Golden Bear run with a sacrifice to center. Juniors Erik Lacaire (Worcester, Mass.) and Joe Cassella (Wallingford, Conn.) added RBI singles to cut the deficit to two, 5-3. The Seahawks were just six outs away from forcing a deciding Game C, but two errors in the eighth resulted in three runs scoring and Western New England was suddenly three outs from a championship. Perry led off the top of the ninth with a base on balls, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored the game-tying run on a single to right field by first baseman Zack Smith (New Canaan, Conn.). Eremian had a one-out single to put runners at first and second, but a double-play grounder ended the Seahawks' bid to take the lead.

Seahawk reliever Brett Wilkes (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) got the first two out in the Golden Bear ninth, but Loparco singled and stole second to force an intentional walk to Lacaire and Cassella walked on a 2-2 pitch to load the bases. First pitch to LaCroix nearly sailed to the backstop before catcher Christian Vargas (Melbourne, Fla.) snared it. LaCroix flew out to deep center.

Loparco threw out a Seahawk baserunner at home on a grounder to short in the 10th. In the bottom of the frame, first baseman Zac Nussbaum (Bridgewater, Mass.) hit his third successive double with one out, moved to third on a wild pitch before being replaced by pinch runner Jackson Lathrop (New Fairfield, Conn.). Seahawk reliever Zach Dionne (Tolland, Conn.) caught pinch hitter Kevin Johnson (Waterford, Conn.) looking at strike three and ended the threat with Brian Valeriano (Stratford, Conn.) popping to shortstop Anthony Cieszko (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.). Both teams sent just three batters to the plate in the 11th inning. Umpires, coaches, and conference officials (Commissioner Gregg Kaye and Assistant Commissioner Doug Chin) met to discuss the playing conditions before the start of the 12th and the decision was to halt the game until Sunday (Saturday's forecast had already been deemed unplayable).

Game recap courtesy of the Salve Regina Sports Information Department.


2018 CCC Baseball Tournament Schedule

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Game 1 - #4 Endicott def. #5 Wentworth, 15-3 | BOX
Game 2 - #3 Western New England def. #6 Gordon, 10-2 | BOX
Game 3 -
 #1 Salve Regina def. #4 Endicott, 17-5 | BOX
Game 4 - #3 Western New England def. #2 Roger Williams, 18-8 | BOX

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Game 5 – #4 Endicott def. #5 Wentworth, 13-7 | BOX
Game 6 – #6 Gordon def. #2 Roger Williams, 7-3 | BOX

Monday, May 7, 2018

Game 7 - #1 Salve Regina def. #4 Endicott, 6-5 (13 Innings) | BOX
Game 8 -
 #3 Western New England def. #6 Gordon, 17-2 | BOX

The two remaining teams will play a best-of-three series hosted by the higher remaining seed

Friday, May 11, 2018

Game A - #3 Western New England def. #1 Salve Regina Salve Regina, 11-3 | BOX
Game B* -
 #3 Western New England at #1 Salve Regina, 6-6 – Game suspended in 12th (Resumes on Sunday, May 13 at 12:30)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Game C - #3 Western New England at #1 Salve Regina, fter conclusion of Game B (if necessary)

*NOTE: Game B will be hosted by higher remaining seed, but the lower seed will be the "home" team and bat last.



The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.


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