MERRIMACK BASEBALL'S SUMMER BALLERS ENJOYING SUCCESS ACROSS NEW ENGLAND
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Two of the top returners from last year's 30-win Merrimack baseball team, rising sophomore Frank Crinella (Springfield, Mass.) and rising senior Alek Morency (Nashua, N.H.) are enjoying fine summers in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.
Crinella, who was named the East Region Freshman of the Year and Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year, was named the 25th Player on Team Massachusetts in the FCBL 2013 All-Star Game. Morency, a second-team all-conference honoree who dazzled down the stretch, was a finalist for Team New England's 25th Player Award.
A rising sophomore from Springfield, Mass., Crinella has batted above .300 for most of the summer with the Pittsfield Suns. The infielder enters the final stretch of the regular season with a .306 average on 37 hits with 13 doubles, one triple and two homers while driving in19. The Suns are battling for a playoff spot in the FCBL Championship.
After dominating on the mound down the stretch for the Warriors en route to their NE-10 Championship Finals appearance, Morency has dazzled for the Nashua Silver Knights through the summer, as well. Playing in his hometown of Nashua, N.H., the right-hander and rising senior has started six games to date with a 2-1 record on the hill. Morency has tossed a team-high 32 2/3 frames with a team-best 36 strikeouts and owns a 3.30 ERA, as well.
Those two have not been the only Warriors impressing this summer in the FCBL. A teammate of Morency's in Nashua, rising junior Tim Cashman (Rowley, Mass.) has earned six starts as well, pitching to the tune of a 2.84 ERA with 22 strikeouts over 31 2/3 innings. Also, right-hander Junior Vasquez (Lawrence, Mass.) has excelled out of the bullpen for the Seacoast Mavericks. The rising junior owns a 2.07 ERA in five appearances with a 1-0 record.
In the Central New England Baseball Association, rising sophomore Pat Florence (Lowell, Mass.) was excellent for the Chelmsford Merchants, finishing with a .315 average and 24 hits while driving in 11 runs. Also in the CNEBA, rising junior Matt Solar (Sterling, Mass.) owns a 4-2 record with 18 strikeouts and a 1.75 ERA for the Clinton 76ers, who qualified for the league's playoffs.