Boston High School: Dylan DeFlorio

Recap: Lincoln-Sudbury 2, No. 3 BC High 1

May, 1, 2013

SUDBURY, Mass. -- It was a pitcher’s duel from beginning to end, and ultimately a clutch walk-off single from Lincoln-Sudbury senior Brian Carroll was the difference, giving the Warriors (6-4) a 2-1 win over third-ranked BC High (7-2).

Junior Owen Bautze, in his second start of the year, got the win for Lincoln-Sudbury, scattering three hits in seven innings pitched. BC High’s one run came by way of a home run by leadoff hitter Dan Dougherty (2-for-4) in the third inning.

“BC High--they can always swing the bats. Last year they put a quick eight runs on us. [Owen] pitched phenomenal for seven straight innings," Carroll said in praise of his teammate. "He came out against a very good team and performed well."

Lincoln-Sudbury coach Kirk Fredericks echoed his senior’s remarks on Bautze, pointing out Bautze’s gradual improvement in terms of his mentality on the mound.

“It’s all about getting better," Fredericks said. "Earlier in the year if he gives up a home run it would have affected him for the next couple batters. Here he gives up a home run, he comes right back, and he does a nice job."

Following Dougherty’s home run in the third, the Warriors come back in the fourth with a run of their own. Sid Warrenbrand hit a single up the middle to score Ian Kinney and tie the ballgame at one.

“We really worked on two strike hitting, it showed up today," Carroll said. "And working on keeping the ball on the ground, hopefully to get it through holes."

From there on out, Bautze and BC High starter Dan Cobban dominated the tempo of the game. Cobban avoided any jams until the bottom of the seventh inning, when Shane Sefton started off the inning with a base hit. Bautze bunted to the first base side soon after, and Cobban bobbled the ball before he could get a decent toss over to first.

With runners on first and second and no outs, Fredericks made the decision to pinch-hit Kieran Pathak. The move paid dividends, as Pathak’s sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third.

The next batter, Dylan DeFlorio, was intentionally walked—bringing up Carroll with the bases loaded. Carroll wasted no time, hitting a line drive up the middle on the first pitch he saw to win the game.

“The whole game I was seeing fastballs, so I just wanted to be aggressive at the plate and I didn’t want to get down in the count," Carroll said. "First ball I saw, I took a hack at it, and got up lucky for a single."

Fredericks added, on Carroll’s final at-bat, “That’s our best player, they put our best player at the plate. So if we’re going to beat BC High, it’s going to be with our best player. He gave us the best shot, got into one and got a nice pitch to hit.”

Fredericks admitted he was skeptical on how his team would come to perform, saying he kicked them off the field during pre-game for a lack of effort.

“There are some games we’ve executed and some games we haven’t," he said. "Today we had to kick them off the field. They came with a horrible attitude, a horrible effort [before the game]. On their own, wherever they went for a half an hour, they found it, figured it out, and came and matched BC High,” the coach said after the game."

He also sent out a challenge to his team after the game. A relatively young, but talented squad, Lincoln-Sudbury has taken its’ lumps this year, and Fredericks wants to see a more consistent effort from his squad from here on out.

“We worry about trying to get better, I tell them all the time that it’s not about the result, it’s about trying to get better. We got better today, but, we got better against Westford and then we laid an egg the next day against [Acton-Boxborough],” Fredericks said.

"So we’ll see how we do against Waltham, will we be two steps forward one step back again? Or will we take two more steps?”

Recap: No. 13 L-S 8, No. 1 BC High 7

April, 21, 2012
BOSTON -- Dylan DeFlorio reacted physically like he knew exactly what was coming.

Mentally might have been a different story.

The Lincoln-Sudbury second baseman made a game-saving diving catch on a hard-hit ball up the middle to record the final out of the Warriors 8-7 victory over host No. 1 BC High on Saturday. The Eagles (7-1) had the bases loaded with two outs chasing a run in the bottom of the seventh. The line drive struck by Chuckie Connors most likely would have brought in a walkoff win for the hosts, but DeFlorio stretched out and snared the hot shot to hand the hosts their first loss of the season.

“I don’t remember anything,” DeFlorio said with a laugh. “I just remember looking at my glove and I had the ball in it.”

Alex Weiland got the first two outs of the inning in the bottom of the seventh, but the veteran Eagles lineup started to get to the sophomore on their last leg. Jake Marotta reached on a single and Rich Roach got on for the fifth time when he was plunked with a Weiland pitch.

Ryan Tufts hit a deep grounder to short and Marotta came around to score when the shortstop made an off-balanced throw to third in an effort to get the Eagles’ baserunner at home plate. Bobby Melley was walked on four pitches to set up a force at any base, and on a 2-0 pitch, DeFlorio bailed out his team with the defensive play of the young season for the Warriors.

“He made a play that we were able to celebrate,” said Warriors head coach Kirk Fredericks. “So that was good.”

It’s not secret that Fredericks is still searching for the combination of young pitchers who can come in a throw strikes against teams that the Warriors (4-1) will most likely see later in the season.

Weiland is starting to show that he belongs in the mix.

The sophomore came in relief in the fifth inning and was able to strand a runner at second with the Warriors up a run at the time. In the bottom of the sixth, Connors found his way on third base with an out, but again Weiland buckled down to get two fly balls to right field to sneak his way out of trouble.

“That’s the second time he’s been in a pressure situation [this season],” Fredericks said. “For him to be able to throw strikes that’s giving us some guys that we can compete with.”

The Eagles looked like they would run away with this game in the first inning after battering the Warriors for five runs on five hits.

But the offense sputtered in some key situations later in the game. After posting a run in the third inning, the Eagles left the bases loaded with a chance to bury the Warriors already up 6-2, and missed out on another bases loaded chance before DeFlorio flashed some leather.

“A couple of games we sustained it, but we haven’t been able to maintain our focus at the plate,” Eagles head coach Norm Walsh said. “We still got a ways to go, but we can be a really good team.”