BOSTON –- Anthony Videtto accomplished more than just winning a baseball game when he pitched No. 5 Silver Lake past No. 9 BC, 3-2, on Friday afternoon. The sophomore righty bolstered SL’s Super 8 case, and proved the numbers he’s posted all season long are no fluke.
“It validates him, it validates us and it validates everything we’ve been building for all year,” said Silver Lake coach Ken Tocci. “It’s a program statement win. Any time you go on the road to play a Catholic Conference team and can win in your last at-bat, I just tip my hat to these kids.”
Videtto threw a complete game for the Lakers (18-3), scattering six and striking out four while surrendering just one earned run. He improved to 9-1 on the season, with a stingy 1.05 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 52 innings.
He limited base runners all day, allowing just one walk with the six hits, and further helped himself out by picking off a pair of runners in the win.
“Videtto is outstanding, so when you do get your opportunities you can’t just squander them, which we did,” said BC coach Norm Walsh. “They took advantage of theirs. When they had their chances, they cashed in.”
Silver Lake first cashed in the fifth, with Adam Gay opening the inning by reaching on an error. After Will Gallagher moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt, Dan Cole scorched a single back through the box to bring Gay home to make it a 1-1 contest.
BC (12-8), which scored in the first after Andrew Jaehnig tripled to left and dashed home on a passed ball, responded with it’s second run in the bottom of the inning.
Joe Roddy singled, and after a pinch runner stole second, BC scored again on Sean Webster’s second hit of the game.
The Lakers went 1-2-3 in the sixth, and BC starter Sean Holleran retired SL’s leadoff man in the seventh. Then Gay stepped to the plate and unloaded a double deep to right center field.
One batter later, Gay scored with ease after taking off for third on a pitch that Gallagher would single into left field on. The tie was short-lived, though, as Cole stepped to the plate and blasted the first pitch he saw to deep left field for what would prove to be the game-winning double.
Videtto worked a 1-2-3 bottom half of the inning, inducing a pair of groundouts and a fly out to secure the SL victory.
“We knew they were a good team and we just wanted to come up here and show people we could play with them,” said Videtto. “I just threw a lot of strikes today, got good defense behind and we had some kids come up with big hits.”
Cole's hot bat burns BC: When Cole stepped to the plate in the seventh, he knew that he didn’t want to spend much time in the batter’s box.
“I saw the ball right out of his hand and I just knew I didn’t want to wait around and get down in the count,” said Cole. “I jumped on that first pitch fastball. I saw the ball and I was ready to hit. I was just thinking ‘I want to hit this ball and score him.’
The game-winning double capped an impressive showing at the plate for the junior, who finished 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI.
“He came through today, but he’s been big all year,” said Videtto. “Three hits, two RBI, he really got the W for us.”
Added Tocci: “Obviously, Danny drove the bus today with us. Any time your DH can come up with big RBI, that’s what you want out of the DH. That’s why he’s in the lineup.”