Boston High School: Kyle Edwards

No. 1 Lexington caps perfect regular season

May, 28, 2011
LEXINGTON, Mass. -- It appeared the Lexington and Lowell High School baseball teams were destined to play extra innings Friday, just as they did the first time they played each other April 8. That is, until the Minutemen broke the game open with a four-run sixth inning, giving them an 8-4 victory and securing an undefeated season at 20-0.

"No Lexington team has won 18 games and we won 20," said Will Marcal, who pitched a complete game. "It hasn't been done by a Middlesex League team in a long time. This is unbelievable, it's great to be a part of history."

Marcal, a tall, hard-throwing lefty, surrendered nine hits, including a home run, two walks, but had 12 strikeouts in the victory.

He ran into the most trouble in the second inning. After Ben Ruxin scored on a wild pitch to put Lexington on the board, 1-0, in the first, Lowell's Matt Tulley came back in the top of the second and homered off Marcal to start the inning. That was the beginning of a four-run inning that saw R.J. Noel, Roger Roman, and Richard Gary each single to put Lowell (14-6) up 2-1. Derek Reed knocked in the next two runs with a double to right-center to make it 4-1.

Lexington answered back in the bottom of the inning when Demetri Monovoukas hit a two-run homer off Nick Godfroy to center cut the deficit to one. The Lexington bats went quiet over the next two innings, but that was not a problem since Marcal kept Lowell off the board for the rest of the game.

"I was saying if we could just keep it to a one-run game, I thought we'd definitely have a shot," said Marcal. "We did it in the first game of the year [against Lowell]. We were down three runs going into the last inning and it just really showed the teamwork that we had and everything clicked and everything came together."

It was a strong performance by a pitcher who, admittedly, did not begin the game at his best.

"I didn't start off the game with my best stuff," Marcal said. "Towards the end of the game I really started to feel it. I felt like my fastball was really jumping and I felt like I could stay on top of it. I think the command of my fastball was really what got me over the hump."

Godfroy kept the Lexington bats quiet for the next two innings, and was relieved in the fifth by Kyle Edwards. Overall, Godfroy finished with four innings of work, giving up three runs, four hits, with five strikeouts.

Edwards walked the first two batters he faced, but settled down and got a strikeout and a flyout to the next two. It seemed he was going to get out of the inning when he got Chris Shaw to hit a groundball to second, but the second baseman made an error on the play, sending the ball into right field, which allowed a runner to score, tying the game 4-4.

The damage continued in the sixth inning after Chad Gens came in to pitch for Lowell. He hit Charlie Guthrie on the first pitch of the inning, then gave up a single to Monovoukas, putting runners on the corners with one out. A failed double-play brought Guthrie home to put Lexington ahead 5-4. A hit batsman and two walks later, Lexington went up another run, which got Gens pulled from the game in favor of Noel.

Noel was not anymore effective for Lowell, giving up a two-run double to Marcal to make it 8-4.

Lexington's performance was all that much more impressive when considering the two teams could potentially cross paths again in the upcoming state tournament.

"They're a great team, this was a much closer game than the score indicated," said Lexington coach Tom O'Grady. "We got some big at-bats in the end. I certainly don't think winning this game can hurt us [going into the state tournament]."

Lowell capitalizes on miscues to beat BC High

May, 14, 2011
DORCHESTER, Mass. -- Lowell’s Matt Tulley found himself in a jam in the first inning of his team’s game against BC High Saturday. After walking two of the first four batters he faced, BC High was threatening to get on the board with runners on the corners and two outs.

On the first pitch to Justin Silvestro, Bob Sabatino tried stealing second to put two runners in scoring position. However, instead of throwing down to second or ignoring the runner altogether, Lowell catcher Padraic Donovan threw to third, where he caught Dan Dougherty too far off the bag, getting the third out of the inning and getting his pitcher out of a jam.

It was that kind of an afternoon for the Eagles. Lowell capitalized on almost every error they made, both physical and mental ,and came away with an 8-1 victory. Its offense gave it the lead, and its defense held it.

“Every time we come to play we can be the best team in the state I think,” said Tulley, who was 2-for-4 at the plate. “We just have to bring it every day and sometimes we don’t.”

Luke Barkowski was holding his own on the mound for BC High (9-5) through the first 1.2 innings, until he hit R.J. Noel on the arm with a pitch. James Ricoy, the next batter up and No. 7 hitter in the Lowell (10-5) lineup, hit a double to the gap in right-center to plate Noel. The ensuing walk to Donovan put runners on first and second with two outs. Kyle Edwards hit a grounder to second that normally would end the inning, but not Saturday. The second baseman misplayed the ball, making all runners safe and allowing Noel to score.

Momentum seemed to be shifting in BC High’s direction in the third when Mike O’Donnell relieved Tulley, who recorded three strikeouts, two walks, and no hits over his two innings of work. O’Donnell appeared to have trouble with his location, walked two batters on eight pitches, and was removed after one-third of an inning. However, the Eagles could not capitalize, and left both runners stranded.

It surprised some when Tulley was removed from the game after two innings, given how well he was pitching. Coach Dan Graham said he was just conserving his ace for later in the season.

“If anything, Matt was only going to go three tops, and that was if he was super efficient,” Graham said. “Big picture is that we’re trying to win a league championship and already qualified for the state tournament, and we have a game Friday. He was pitching on four days rest, so I wasn’t going to ask him to do too much for us today. He has to get ready for his next start.”

In the fourth, Edwards took over on the mound for Lowell. He surrendered the first three BC High hits, but the team still had trouble getting on the scoreboard. With one out in the fifth, Edwards had given up a hit and two walks to load the bases. Silvestro hit a line drive into right that it appeared would get at least one run home.

However, Ricoy was able to make a running catch coming towards the infield for the second out of the inning. Sean Duggan, the runner on third, had assumed the ball was going to drop in for a hit, so he was halfway to home. When he saw the ball was caught, he had to go back to third to tag-up, but by then, Ricoy had thrown the ball back in, making Duggan stay at third.

The only BC High run came later when Edwards walked Jake Ohanesian, forcing home a run.

Barkowski kept Lowell off the board through his last three innings and gave way to Jack Higgins in the seventh, hoping he could keep the score at 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh. The Raider bats exploded in the inning however, putting up five runs to give the team an almost insurmountable lead.

“He gave us fastballs in two-strike counts,” said Graham. “I thought the guys just did a good job of bearing down when they were in counts where they had two strikes on them. I think for the most part they put balls in play and made things happen.”

Edwards' CG leads Lowell past Lawrence

April, 28, 2011
LOWELL, Mass. -- Lowell High head coach Dan Graham thought about taking his pitcher, Kyle Edwards, out before the seventh inning of his team’s game Wednesday against Lawrence. But he ultimately decided against it, and the senior rewarded his coach by throwing a 1-2-3 inning, capping off a complete game, 7-3 victory against the Merrimack Valley Conference foe.

“I gave (taking him out) some thought there at the end,” Graham said. “He went into the last inning with 93 pitches. He got a quick out at first and hadn’t really gone deep in any of the counts, but 110 was definitely the number that we were definitely going to pull the plug on. We had someone ready to go too, but I think he wanted to stay out there.

“We had a situation earlier in the year when he was in line for a win and we took him out early against Lexington, but he didn’t end up getting the win. He’s been great his last two times out for us too, so I’m happy that he got to finish the game.”

The Raiders (6-2) got to Lawrence pitcher Anthony Rodriguez early in the game, putting six runs on the board in the first two innings. Matt Tulley -- whose fastball topped 91 miles per hour on the radar gun in Monday's win over Central Catholic -- singled in the first run of the game. After a passed ball advanced runners to second and third, Chad Gens hit a double to right-center that hit off the wall of Alumni Stadium to plate two more runs.

It was a 32-pitch first inning for Rodriguez. He became more effective as the game went along, but that was after giving up seven runs. He had a quick third and fourth inning, but was pulled from the game after 5-2/3 innings, when Lowell loaded the bases with two outs. Carlos Ditren was able to come in and stop the bleeding, preventing any more runs from being put on the board.

Having a four-run cushion helped Edwards settle in to the flow of the game and really make the most of his outing.

“Even after the first inning I was still a little nervous, but once we put up that four-spot, it all just went away and I used my defense instead of trying to do it all by myself,” Edwards said.

Tulley (1 for 4), along with shortstop Chad Gens, were active in the field most of the night, helping their team secure outs and keep Lawrence (7-2) off the basepaths.

“Tonight was probably the most balls that’s been put in play all year, and for a defense to not make one error is pretty good,” Edwards said. “I have all the confidence in the world in those guys.”

Edwards kept the Lancers off the board until the third inning. He had a very effective curveball working, and could feel it early on.

“During the bullpen session before the game, I do a few to get it going, and that’s when I know if it’s going to work or not, and it was,” he said.

He walked Edwin Brito on five pitches to start the inning, but came back and struck out David Quezada and Victor Mendez for two quick outs. During one of those at-bats, Brito was able to get to third on a passed ball. He scored when Lowell’s R.J. Noel overthrew first when fielding a ground ball.

Edwards finished with six strikeouts, three walks, and left four Lawrence runners on base.

What We Learned: Week 10

November, 15, 2010
This past October 30, two Texas high school football teams combined for 165 points in a battle for playoff position, with Jacksonville High defeating Nacogdoches High, 84-81, in the 12th overtime. According to KLTV, the Tyler, Texas-based ABC affiliate covering the game, that set a national record.

If all that's true, then what went down last Friday night at Cawley Stadium is a national record. Andrew Coke ran for eight touchdowns for Andover to lead the Golden Warriors to an 88-82 victory over Lowell in the eighth overtime. Meanwhile, Raiders quarterback Kyle Edwards threw for eight touchdown passes in the loss, four of them to Josh McGlauflin.

The Red Raiders had an opportunity in the eighth overtime to score, but were stopped inches short of the goal line on a fourth-and-three play. The game was tied at 28 after regulation, and the teams traded touchdowns in seven straight overtime periods -- including six straight successful two-point tries by either side -- before Coke marched in from 10 yards out on the Golden Warriors' first play of their eighth-overtime possession.

"I've never seen anything like that," Andover head coach E.J. Perry told ESPNBoston's Scott Barboza. "It was a tremendous accomplishment by this team to put it all on the line. Now we'll have the chance to play with all the marbles on the line against Central Catholic on Thanksgiving Day. It's been a great honor to coach kids like this that are so resilient.

"But I give a lot of credit to those Lowell kids as well. I went over to talk to them after the game and I told them that they had nothing to be ashamed of."

With that win, the Warriors have set up a winner-take-all battle with Central Catholic on Thanksgiving for the Merrimack Valley Large's playoff berth. But it's a pyrrhic victory, as Boston College-bound tight end Brian Miller went down with a knee injury in the first half; his status for Thanksgiving is unknown right now.

"No real update right now," Perry told correspondent Roger Brown in his recruiting blog today. "Brian was not able to get an MRI over the weekend. The orthopedist who was on hand was somewhat optimistic it wasn't an ACL, but without an MRI there now way to know for sure. He's getting that [Monday]."

Paul Funk arrived at Dennis-Yarmouth in 2001, fresh off a successful stint as an assistant at storied Everett, to find a Dolphins program so barren that it had relegated itself to junior varsity status. D-Y faced problems not only with numbers, but with plain old futility -- the Dolphins had won just six games in the 1990's.

Fast forward to Friday night, and the Dolphins are staring at their second Atlantic Coast League title in four years, thanks to a gritty 14-7 win over Plymouth North.

"In nine years, this is what we've got, and I'm pretty proud of that," Funk told ESPNBoston's Brendan Hall. "It's alot of hard work from alot of people."

It was the usual recipe to success for the Dolphins, with linebackers Tommy Kennedy and Victor Andrade leading a swarming defense that marked hard-nosed fullback Matt Walsh all night and kept the Eagles' vaunted running game stalled in first gear. Meanwhile, Matt Montalto wasn't putting up video-game numbers as usual, directing Funk's high-octane spread attack, but he was good enough in the second half, running and throwing for a touchdown each.

Montalto now joins his brother, Nick, as quarterbacks to lead the Dolphins to a share of the ACL.

"He is as good a competitor, as a winner, as you'll ever find," Funk said. "He's been a winner since he was seven. You always have a chance with him at the helm. His older brother was the same way, (Matt's) just an unbelievable person."

As for that elusive playoff berth...

With the league slates of both D-Y (9-1, 4-1) and Marshfield (5-4, 4-1) wrapped up, fate lies in the hands of North (7-3, 3-1), which has one ACL game left -- Thanksgiving archrival Plymouth South (4-6, 2-2). A North win on Thanksgiving creates a three-way tie for the ACL, and would give the playoff berth to the team that has gone longest without making the playoffs -- in this case D-Y, which has never played past the holiday in the Super Bowl era.

You can be rest assured the Dolphins will be scoreboard-watching on this one. This same scenario played out in 2007, when they went 10-1 but with a loss to Marshfield needed a North win on Thanksgiving to create a three-way tie. South took down North in what was considered a big upset, and the Rams went on to the Division 1A Super Bowl before bowing to Chelmsford on a late field goal.

New Bedford could've let its boat sink after suffering four straight losses to start the season, however Dennis Golden's squad righted ship with four wins entering Saturday's matchup against Brockton. Then, the Whalers did the unthinkable, upsetting the Boxers, 23-21.

"Well, we've been much better in the last month than we were in the first month," Golden told Scott Barboza on Sunday. "I'm really proud of the way that our kids have battled back when they very easily could have let things slide."

Now, New Bedford can clinch a Division I playoff berth with a win over Durfee on Thanksgiving Day.

The Whalers jumped ahead of the Boxers, 14-0, at halftime and never trailed in the contest. To close out the win, New Bedford embarked on a 20-play drive, spanning eight minutes and forty seconds of the fourth quarter. Although the Whalers didn't score, Brockton got the ball back with only five seconds remaining, scant time for the Boxers to get a game-winning score.

"Our offensive line was amazing on that final drive," Golden said. "They were just amazing and that was huge for us, keeping the ball out of the hands of their offense at the end of the game."

The Somerset sideline dumped the water bucket over head coach Nick Freitas' with around 30 seconds remaining.

Still, Freitas wasn't about to go Gore v. Bush on calling his team's number in the Eastern Athletic Conference race.

"I didn't feel safe until it was down to point-six second left on the clock there," Freitas said after the Blue Raiders' 49-28 win over Bishop Feehan on Friday.

The Shamrocks once again proved that the EAC runs through them, despite losing their first five games of the season. Feehan won when it counted, taking their first three EAC contests before falling to Somerset.

And the Blue Raiders weren't about to look past their opponent.

"That's all we could think about this year," lineman Ian Levesque said Friday about their matchup with Feehan. "We knew it was going to come down them in our last [conference] game. We knew we had to be ready for them. We had a hard week of practice. We watched extra film. We knew it was going be that tough."

The Whalers line of Jason Brierly, Lance Burlingame, Janny Dosreis, Jacob Medeiros, Oliver Pires and Darian Sousa-Bizarro carried New Bedford in its upset over Big Three rival Brockton.

Andrew Coke, Jr. QB/RB, Andover - The leading scorer in Division 1 added immensely to his already-impressive totals by scoring eight touchdowns in the Golden Warriors' 88-82, eight-overtime win over Lowell.

Matt Costello, Sr. WR, Everett - The senior had another tremendous day receiving in the Crimson Tide's 45-0 win over rival Malden, making eight catches for 195 yards and three scores.

Seth DeMello, Sr. RB, Somerset - He provided the biggest spark in the Blue Raiders' 49-28 win over Bishop Feehan to clinch their first postseason berth of the Super Bowl era, carrying 20 times for 245 yards and scoring six touchdowns (four rushing, two passing).

Ryan Lipka, Sr. WR, Bishop Fenwick - With six catches in the first half of a 36-0 loss to St. Mary's last Friday, Lipka became the first player in the state of Massachusetts to catch more than 100 balls in a season.

Quinton Perkins, Jr. ATH, Fitchburg - The versatile speedster was vicious on the ground for the Red Raiders, carrying the ball 17 times for 278 yards and six touchdowns in a 56-33 shootout win over Gardner.

Andreas Robinson, Soph. QB, Phillips Exeter - In a 56-33 win over archrival Phillips Andover, Robinson ruled the day with 297 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries.