East Windsor Teen Strikes Out 4 Red Sox Hitters

Northeastern University pitcher Aaron Civale of East Windsor. Photo credit: Northeastern Athletics

Northeastern University pitcher Aaron Civale of East Windsor. Photo credit: Northeastern Athletics

It wasn’t exactly Carl Hubbell striking out five straight Hall of Famers in the 1934 All-Star Game, but for a Connecticut teenager, it must have felt just the same.

The Boston Red Sox opened their spring game schedule at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, FL Tuesday with a 2-1 win over Northeastern University, but the big story for local fans was the performance of East Windsor’s Aaron Civale.

Selected as starting pitcher for the Huskies, the 19-year-old sophomore pitched the first two innings, walking two and not allowing a hit. Most impressive, however, was the outs he recorded against Boston’s “A” lineup.

With one out and a man on in the first, Civale struck out David Ortiz, one of the top sluggers in Red Sox history and author of 466 career major league home runs. He then fanned Hanley Ramirez, a former National League Rookie of the Year, MVP runnerup and three-time All-Star.

Civale was just as strong in his second and final inning, striking out power-hitting Mike Napoli (averaging nearly 21 home runs per season over his nine-year career) and Xander Bogaerts (28 doubles, 12 home runs as a rookie in 2014).

“It’s unbelievable you know, I grew up watching [Ortiz], a legend in Boston,” the 2013 Loomis-Chaffee School graduate told Boston.com following his memorable outing. “Out there on the field, you hear his name getting announced and it’s unbelievable. Then you see him… threw the last pitch and you hear the crowd erupt and you don’t even know what’s going on.”

Civale will not likely be facing any lineups that imposing in the Colonial Athletic Association. He posted a 3.19 earned run average as a freshman, striking out 34 batters in 36.2 innings of work. This season, he has a 1.93 ERA in four relief appearances, earning one save.

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