BASEBALL

Xaverian 6, Brockton 0

Monday, Apr. 22, 2013, at Westwood

Last year, Alex Person had two complete-game victories in the MIAA baseball tournament to help boost Xaverian to the Division 1 title. On Monday, Person was even more impressive, no-hitting Brockton on 96 pitches as the 14th-ranked Hawks won, 6-0, at home. The senior righthander struck out 12 and walked two in improving to 2-0 on the year “[Alex] was in charge all day long,” said Xaverian coach Gerry Lambert. “He was getting ahead and his fastball was good.” Lambert usually eases his pitchers into the season, and even with a no-hitter going he was cautious with Person. “Going into the seventh inning I told him one hit or two base runners and I’m coming to get you,” said Lambert. Person responded to the challenge by retiring the side in order via a strikeout and a pair of ground outs. Xaverian got off to an early lead when Austin DeCarr blasted a solo homer to left in the first. “He just launched that ball. It cleared the wall by about 40 feet,” said Lambert. The Hawks (5-4) scored another run in the first and four more in the second thanks in part to a couple of errors by Brockton. The win was Xaverian’s fourth in five games and puts the Hawks above .500 for the first time this season. It also gives them momentum heading into Wednesday’s matchup against Catholic Memorial, the first of four straight Catholic Conference games. Last year, Alex Person pitched a pitched a pair of complete game victories in the MIAA tournament to help boost Xaverian to the Division 1 title. On Monday Person had an equally impressive performance no-hitting Brockton on 96 pitches as the No. 14 Hawks (5-4) won 6-0. The senior right hander struck out 12 and walked two to improve to 2-0 on the year. “[Alex] was in charge all day long,” said Xaverian coach Gerry Lambert. “He was getting ahead and his fastball was good.” Lambert usually eases his pitchers into the season and even with a no-hitter going he was still cautious with Person. “Going into the seventh inning I told him one hit or two baserunners and I’m coming to get you,” said Lambert. Person responded to the challenge by retiring the side in order via a strikeout and a pair of groundouts to finish the no-hitter. Xaverian got off to an early lead in the bottom of the first when Austin DeCarr blasted a solo homer to left. “He just launched that ball. It cleared the wall by about 40 feet,” said Lambert. The Hawks would add another run in the first and would score four more times in the second thanks in part to a couple of errors by Brockton in the field. The win was Xaverian’s fourth in the last five games and puts the Hawks above .500 for the first time this season. It also gives them momentum as they continue Catholic Conference play on Wednesday with a matchup against Catholic Memorial, the first of four straight conference games.

 

Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013, 9:23 p.m.

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