BOSTON — Needham junior Cory Michelson earned his first varsity victory Tuesday, beating host Boston English, 12-6.
“It’s good to get it off my chest, get it done with,” said Michelson (1-1), who allowed 1 hit in three innings while striking out 2 and walking 4. “I really wasn’t feeling it but I was able to get out of the jams I created for myself. It was all walks, they weren’t hitting well.”
Needham scored three runs in the first inning and four in the third before going up, 12-0, in the fifth. The Rockets were led by senior outfielder Marco Ciavattone, who went 2 for 2 with three RBIs and junior infielder Haydn Cooper was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
Boston English got on the board in the fifth when shortstop Miguel Carldon’s double knocked in center fielder Wanderson Pinades. Carldon scored on a wild pitch. In the seventh, Carldon hit another RBI double — this one over the center fielder's head — that also scored Pinades.
English took advantage of several errors to score three more runs in the seventh.
“The coach said ‘Let’s go, let’s go’ and we did the best we can do,” Carldon said of his team’s offensive spark at the end of the game. “He said ‘You guys can do this.’”
English assistant coach, Victor Figueroa, who filled in as head coach, said the team has been waiting for its bats to come alive for two games.
“The last two games we left about 14 or 15 runners on base,” he said. “We needed that and the fielding was better today. Eventually we will get it together, our offense, defense and pitching. Overall it was a good game. We had fun and that’s what it’s all about.”
Needham (2-3) broke a two-game losing streak against English (2-3).
“It’s always great,” Needham coach John Freitas said of Michelson getting his first victory. “He’s a junior and unfortunately this is his second start and he’s thrown quite a few pitches. He gutted it out. He had a little extra when he needed it. We took advantage of walks and errors but a win is a win.
"We’ll take it after losing two in a row.”
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