BROCKTON, Mass. -– When Lincoln-Sudbury’s starting pitcher showed early control issues, the Warriors made a move to bullpen just three batters into their eventual 11-4 win over Silver Lake in the MIAA Division 1A "Super 8" Tournament.
“We had plenty of guys ready and it was just a matter of if it was going to be Bridgewater-Raynham all over again,” said L-S coach Kirk Fredericks. “Our guys came in after that experience and did a better job of giving us a chance to win the game.”
L-S battled control issues in the opening round against Bridgewater-Raynham, and ended up losing in Mercy Rule fashion, 19-4. On Monday though, the Warriors sent five different pitchers to the mound and stymied the Lakers offense throughout the night, limiting SL to just four hits.
Winning pitcher Ian Herel pitched out of a first inning jam by getting a pop out to first and a ground out in the infield, erasing two walks starting pitcher Alex Weiland. Herel pitched 1 and 2/3 innings, surrendering one hit and recording a strikeout.
He gave way to Sid Warrenbrand, who tossed an inning plus but was pulled after a single and hit batter to start the fourth.
From there Tommy Novick came on and surrendered two earned in two innings of work, pitching into the sixth inning.
After Novick walked the leadoff man in the sixth, Gino Fordiani came in and recorded four innings of one run relief for the save. He struck out five on for L-S.
L-S was paced on offense by lead-off man Sam Colello, who reached base five times and delivered an RBI sacrifice fly in the win. In addition to his two hits and a hit-by-pitch, the senior second baseman scored three runs.
Ryan Bernadino scored twice in the win, while Warrenabrand had two RBI singles and a run scored.
Scott Holzwasser had an RBI and a run scored while Fordiani, Owen Bautze, Chris Galland and Deven Pathak each added a run scored in the win.
Keeping the pressure on: With a 10-3 lead in the top of the ninth, Lincoln-Sudbury kept the foot on the gas to make sure they advanced in the double elimination tourney as a runner attempted to steal third base and came in to score on a single by Pathak.
“It’s the Super 8 tournament. It’s a big boy tournament,” said Fredericks. “You try to score as many runs as you can. Everyone saw that we used five pitchers in the first five innings, and we really don’t have much left. They started hitting him, and the next people coming in have less and less experience, so in the Super 8 you gotta try and score as many runs as you can and win the game.”
Lakers season still Super: Silver Lake was one of the hottest teams in the state near the end of the regular season (they went undefeated in May), and even their season ending after a couple games filled with missed opportunities and some let downs on defense can’t take away from the impressive run into the Super 8.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” said SL coach Kenny Tocci. “At one point these kids are going to look back in their lives and say ‘we were in the inaugural Super 8.’ It’s something that they’ll be able to look at t-shirt or sweatshirt they get and just enjoy it. They’ll be able to tell their grandkids someday that they played in inaugural Super 8.”
Evan McSherry paced the SL bats, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the defeat. Josh O’Neill, Tanner Bouchard and Matt Cauchon scored runs for the Lakers as well.