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5/26 – 6/6
June 8, 2021
5/26 – vs. PITTSFIELD – L 14-6 Avery Mabe (0-1)
5/27 – vs. NORWICH – W 4-4 (2-1 HRD) Pat Roche (HRD W)
5/28 – at NEW BRITAIN – PPD DATE TBD
5/29 – vs. NASHUA – PPD DATE 7/23
5/30 – at NASHUA – PPD DATE 8/12
5/31 – at NORWICH – W 8-6 Kevin Dow (1-0)
6/1 – at VERMONT – W 8-0 Dillon Ryan (1-0)
6/2 – at VERMONT – W 9-5 Eddie Curley (1-0)
6/3 – at PITTSFIELD – W 7-5 Ryan Bruning (1-0)
6/4 – vs. WESTFIELD – PPD
6/5 – at NEW BRITAIN – W 11-0 F/7 Jack Snook (1-0)
6/6 – vs. NEW BRITAIN – W 4-3 Juaron Watts-Brown (1-0)
The first week of ROX action had some exciting firsts. The Rox took their first ever trips to both Norwich, Connecticut and Burlington, Vermont. They also welcomed the Sea Unicorns for the very first time. All of the teams that the Rox have played so far did not play in the 2020 FCBL campaign.
The Rox started their season with a loss as Pittsfield’s bats came alive removing starter Avery Mabe from the game early. Ben Rounds and Erick Ramirez both homered for the Rox in the loss, while Dillon Ryan and Jack Snook pitched a combined three scoreless innings to end the game.
The Rox won their first game of the season in Home Run Derby style as the Norwich Sea Unicorns made their Campanelli Stadium debut. Pat Roche homered twice in the new format of the derby as he defeated the one homerun from Norwich. Mike Belcher pitched 3 scoreless innings of relief.
After three postponed games during a rainy weekend, the Rox returned on Memorial Day where they held on despite a comeback by the Norwich Sea Unicorns. Kevin Dow put together a strong start going five strong and only allowing 2 hits and a walk for the win. Avery Mabe earned a save, going three innings to end the game. Pat Roche homered, while Ben Rounds, Brycin Hernandez, and Tommy Lapham had good days at the plate.
The Rox went up to Vermont for a two game set. The Rox only had 4 hits but were able to score 8 times. Dillon Ryan, Mike Belcher, and Randall Perrin combined for the shutout, striking out 19 total batters. Alex Reynolds crushed a three-run homer to left.
In the second game in Vermont, Eddie Curley pitched well allowing two runs in five innings. The Rox scored all their runs in bunches with Peter Messervy, Brycin Hernandez, and Ryan McKenna all hitting two-run singles while Connor Bertsch crushed an opposite field three-run homerun.
The Rox went to Pittsfield for a wet one on Thursday, in a hotly contested game. The game was back and forth with both teams holding leads throughout. The pitching for the Rox struggled a bit but, Ben Reyes and Ryan Bruning did just enough to hold on. Erick Ramirez was the star of the game with a two-run home run and a double. Randall Perrin closed it out in the ninth for the save.
After another postponed game, the Rox traveled to New Britain and the bats came alive after the starting pitcher came out as the Rox piled on ten runs in the sixth and seventh to win by mercy rule. Mike Golankiewicz went off going 3 for 4 with 5 RBI, including a three-run homer. Justin Riemer also broke out with a 2-4 day with 3 RBI. Ryan McKenna got on in every plate appearance with a triple, single and two walks. The best performance perhaps might have been Jack Snook with 6 scoreless innings, striking out seven, and only allowing 3 hits and 1 walk.
The Rox won their seventh straight as they returned home against New Britain. This one was a little closer as the Rox bats cooled off for the most part. Mike Golankiewicz didn’t get the memo however, going 3 for 3 with a solo game-winning homer in the eighth and three runs scored, as he was a triple away from the cycle. Pat Roche also homered. Kevin Dow started, but the bullpen shined, as Avery Mabe, Mike Dragon and Juaron Watts-Brown pitched scoreless innings of relief. Randall Perrin came in for the save and closed the door.
The Rox have had an interesting start to the season statistically. They are sixth in batting average but first in OPS. This is because they lead the league in homeruns and triples. They also have been hit the most in the league. On the other side of the ball, the Rox have the best team ERA, allowed the least homeruns, and walked the least batters. Individually, the Rox have 3 of the 4 players leading the league in homeruns with 2; Pat Roche, Mike Golankiewicz, and Erick Ramirez. The Rox also have 3 out of 4 of the qualified league leaders in ERA, as Jack Snook, Dillon Ryan, and Mike Belcher all have ERAs of 0. Randall Perrin is the only pitcher with two saves in the league.
Dillon Ryan was named player of the week as he went 7 IP in 2 games going 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA with 14 Ks. Ryan also won player of the night on 6/1 as he shutout the Lake Monsters.
Mike Golankiewicz won two separate player of the night awards going back to back on 6/5 and 6/6 in two wins against the Bees.
On 5/31 both Brycin Hernandez and Kevin Dow won player and pitcher of the night respectively in a win against the Sea Unicorns.
TUESDAY 6/8 vs. WESTFIELD 6:00pm
WEDNESDAY 6/9 at WESTFIELD 6:30pm
THURSDAY 6/10 vs. VERMONT 6:00pm
FRIDAY 6/11 vs. VERMONT 6:00pm
SATURDAY 6/12 vs. WORCESTER 6:00pm
SUNDAY 6/13 at WORCESTER 4:00pm