By defeating both Barre and ASH/Littleton this past week, North Middlesex lifted its record to 10-2 and locked down the first seed in the upcoming Senior Babe Ruth playoffs. They now have a first round bye.
The Barre game was a hard fought, 2-1 victory played in Townsend. The key hit of the game was a two-run double by Andrew Jena in the third inning, scoring both Mike Skelly (single) and the fleet-footed Billy Burns. Burns scored all the way from first base. Nick Barry also had a hit for NM.
Jena pitched a gem of a game mixing in a good fast ball with a late breaking curve ball to keep Barre hitters off balance all game long. Chris Canning continued his outstanding play behind the plate. He threw out a runner in the fifth inning when Barre was rallying.
The 5-3 win over ASH/Littleton in Littleton was a result of a five-run uprising in the sixth inning. During this inning, Andrew Jena (2 hits) doubled, Mike Powell (single, run scored) and Mark Canning (single, run scored) both walked, Matt Brown got on base on a fielder's choice, and then Kevin Quin hit a bomb double, driving in two runs. This was followed by a Kevin Powell single to drive in two more runs and a Chris Canning bomb double to Powell.
Kevin Powell pitched the first three innings and demonstrated a nice fast ball and some good off-speed pitches. Quin earned the win by pitching the final four frames.
North Middlesex flashed some leather defensively with Matt Brown hauling in a
"It has been a great 12 games for these boys. We look forward to playing a few more before the summer ends. I have enjoyed having these young men on the team all summer long. It is good to see them have success," said manager Jim Canning.