Corcoran baseball knocks off two city foes

The Corcoran varsity baseball team, looking to turn the corner after three one-run losses, posted two straight wins over city rivals Nottingham and Henninger the week of April 26.

The Cougars, who start seven underclassmen, defeated the Bulldogs, 12-0, on Monday afternooon, then got past the Black Knights 5-3 a day later.

Junior Connor Condon got Corcoran's week off to a good start with a complete-game, three-hit shutout against Nottingham at VanDuyn Field. Condon struck out 10 and also had two hits including a triple and two RBIs. It was Condon's first varsity career win.

Junior Marcus Fortin and freshman Matt Thompson did most of the damage at the plate for the Cougars (3-4). Fortin went four-for-four with a double, a homer to right field and three RBIs while Thompson also smacked a home run to right and had two RBIs. Jamie Boronczyk added three hits for Corcoran, which put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the sixth.

At Henninger, the Cougars build a 5-0 lead after six innings and held on for the win against the Black Knights, who beat Corcoran, 6-2, on April 13.

Matt Thompson drove in the first Corcoran run in the fifth on a fielder's choice and Ryan O'Neill followed with an RBI single.

In the top of the sixth, Jamie Boronczyk launched a three-run homer just inside the right field foul pole off losing pitcher Jeremy Mathers to give the Cougars a 5-0 advantage.

But the Black Knights battled back to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Corcoran right-hander Shawn Cregg had a no-hitter going until Nick Holzapfel singled to right. Freshman Avery Brooks followed with a single in his first varsity at-bat. Cole King ripped a two-run double but Cregg worked to get the final out for the complete-game win. Cregg finished with 10 strikeouts.

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