Boston High School: Mark Berkland
June, 15, 2011
By Tom Layman | ESPNBoston.com
LYNN, Mass. -- Cohasset escaped potential damage in the top of the fifth and proceeded to unleash some of its own in the late stages to roll home with a second straight Div. 4 state championship in tow with a 6-1 victory over Georgetown (10-15), on Wednesday at Fraser Field.
Jamie Faber, who pitched a complete-game two-hitter, wiggled out of a tight, bases-loaded jam in the Skippers’ half of the fifth and the offense tacked on all their runs after the defensive stand.
“It was a huge momentum swing,” said Skippers head coach Peter Afanasiw. “I think the kids started to believe. They had a couple of hits prior to that where they started to get the bats going.”
Faber issued a leadoff walk and then threw the ball away when he tried to put out Ryan Browner at first after a bunt attempt. Mark Berkland worked a walk to set the Royals with the bases full with the heart of the order coming up.
Third baseman Jeff Cavanaro recorded the next two outs on force plays to the plate. Will Ingraham worked a 3-2 count, but he rolled over a routine grounder to second and the Skippers were out of the inning unscathed.
“That was 100 percent my fault,” said Faber, who finished with five strikeouts and four walks. “I put my team in a bad position and I just had to get out of it for them because they had been fighting hard for me the whole game.
“I was trying to keep it low and away,” he continued. “Especially on those ground balls where they would have to reach out for it.”
Cohasset (19-6) immediately got going in its half of the fifth inning. Shane Haggerty hit a sinking line drive that couldn’t be handled on a tough play to the right-fielder. Anders Goetz walked and the three-hole hitter Cavanaro sacrificed both players into scoring position.
Faber walked to load the bases and the Skippers capitalized on an crucial Royals’ error when the attempted throw home from the first baseman skirted away from the catcher allowing two runs to come in.
“We made a lot of nice plays in the field and it was tough when it comes down to execution,” said a disappointed Georgetown head coach Mark Rowe. “When the stuff that you practice doesn’t come through in a game.”
In the bottom of the sixth, the Skippers got the first two men on in the inning and Goetz rocketed a two-run double down the diving third baseman.
“I was just trying to put the ball in play and see what could happen,” said Goetz, who finished 2-for-3 on the night. “I just wanted to make up for my mistake in the field and it felt good to get it in there.”