Boston High School: Sean Patrikas

Prep downs BC High in 10 innings

May, 28, 2011

BOSTON – Justin Peluso’s game-winning hit almost never was.

In the top of the 10th inning, he dug into the box with a man on first and nobody out with No. 3 St. John’s Prep and No. 7 BC High tied, 3-3. Peluso got a bunt sign from coach Pat Yanchus. After working the count to 1-1, Peluso wasn’t looking to advance the runner. He was looking to end the game.

“I had two hits and I was feeling pretty confident,” Peluso said. “So I said, ‘Coach, let me hit.’”

Peluso delivered, ripping an RBI triple down the third base line and scoring Anthony Capuano from first. Prep held on to take a 5-3 win over BC High, meaning the teams will share the Catholic Conference title this season.

BC High (11-6, 5-3 Catholic Conference) came out swinging against Prep starter Pat Connaughton, plating three runs against the Notre Dame commit in the first. BC High catcher Bobby Melley drove an RBI double to center before Ryan Tufts and Melley scored on passed balls.

After falling behind 3-0 in the first, Connaughton bounced back to throw seven straight scoreless innings in a no-decision before giving way to Brandon Bingle, who picked up the win with two shutout innings in relief.

“I think I just got comfortable,” Connaughton said of his in-game adjustments. “Sometimes I seem to have trouble in the first inning. I actually have to figure out why that is. After I settled down in the first inning, I felt like things were working. We got the win, that’s all that matters.”

Prep (13-5, 5-3) tied the game with a three-run third. Capuano scored the first Prep run on a Peluso single to center, rounding the bases from first after a miscue in the outfield. Prep scratched across another unearned run against BC High’s Neal Horan on Dillon Gonzalez’s fielder’s choice before catcher Jake Bedrosian drove in Connaughton with an RBI single.

Neither team found the go-ahead run, even after Prep had the bases loaded with no outs to start the eighth.

That all changed in the 10th when Peluso took matters into his own hands.

Sean Patrikas added a sac fly for Prep’s fifth run.

No. 2 SJP takes care of No. 15 Everett

April, 17, 2011
EVERETT, Mass. -- St. John’s Prep first baseman Sean Patrikas sent a rocket to left-centerfield over the heads of the Everett outfield for a two-run home run in the top of the seventh Saturday at Glendale Park, but by then it seemed the No. 2 Eagles had the game well in hand.

“He gave me kind of a hanging curveball,” said Patrikas. “It was a 2-2 count, so I got up there and just tried to hit it hard.”

The No. 2 Eagles took a 10-4 lead into the seventh inning, and when it was all said and done, came away with a 12-5 victory over the No. 15 Crimson Tide.

Everett (4-1) started the game well, getting on the board in the bottom of the first. After the St. John’s pitcher, Ryan Panaleo, walked two of the first three batters he faced, the runners advanced a base after a passed ball. The runner scored on a groundout, but Panaleo settled down and struck out two in the second inning.

“In the beginning, I was over-thinking a little bit and try to pinpoint to the corners and the umpire wasn’t really giving me the low strike,” he said. “I was trying to find what worked and I was trying to be too perfect.”

Joe Saia was economical on the mound for Everett during the first two innings, not giving up a hit. However, he gave up a single to Anthony Capuano in the top of the third and things could not seem to go right for the Crimson Tide from then on. That began a seven-run third inning for Prep (4-1) that saw them get only two hits, both by Capuano. After three walks and three fielding errors in the third, Prep went from being down a run to being ahead 6.

Saia was finished after 2.1 innings, having given up six walks and two strikeouts.

Having such a large lead helped Panaleo pitch to contact more and really go after hitters instead of trying to be “too perfect” like he was in the first inning.

“In the beginning I was stressing out a little too much and once the offense was great and they really picked it up for me, it made it a lot easier to attack the strike zone,” he said.

He ended up pitching five innings, giving up four runs, six walks, and three strikeouts on a cold and windy afternoon that had many fans and family members watching the last few innings from the comfort of their heated vehicles. He gave way to Mike Driscoll and Brandon Bingel for the final two innings.

“I didn’t think the weather had any impact on the way I pitched, because it’s tough to hit up their too,” he said. “I felt like the ball was still coming out of my hand really well. In the fifth inning, I told Coach I wanted to go out for one more inning and I still felt like my fastball was still coming out of my hand well and I started to mix in my change-ups more as the game went on, so I ended up feeling more comfortable and it worked out well.”

Everett got three runs back in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 7-4, but it was not enough as Prep answered back with three of its own in the top of the fourth to bring the lead back to six.