Friday’s 5-3 win over Dracut made the Knights 2-2 against Division 2 teams so far. They still have Pentucket, Tewksbury, Reading, and Tewksbury again in the Lawrence Invitational, meaning they’ll need to win two of those games to qualify for the tourney.
Marc Pelletier put the ball in Andrew Hamel’s hand Friday afternoon in Chelmsford. He might as well have been handing him the Raiders’ season.
Down a game in the MVC large to the Lions, the Raiders would end the day either tied or down two with four to play in the league.
The big horse, Hamel delivered a monster effort, shutting out the Lions on five hits while striking out eight.
“It’s just huge for us as a team, especially coming off the tough (2-1) loss to Billerica on Monday,” said Hamel, who moved to 4-1 on the year with the 1-0 victory. “We want to take over the MVC. That win solidified our spot to give us a chance at it. It was absolutely a must-win.”
The Phillips Andover-bound lefty is having a superb season at 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA.
But he might not have come up with that win had it not been for gritty, pinch-game-winning hit in the seventh by senior classmate Nick Delois.
That one was a season-saver in more ways than one.
Delois got the call from Pelletier despite being just 0 for 10 on the season.
“Coach definitely gave Nick a chance, and he stepped up for us,” said Hamel. “Talk about a huge spot.”
This race is absolutely wide open. With the Raiders and Lions knotted at 7-3, Andover is right behind at 6-4.
Each team plays 14 league games.
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