BASEBALL

Braintree 5, Weymouth 2

Friday, May. 17, 2013, at Weymouth

When No. 13 Braintree allowed Weymouth to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, the Wamps didn’t give in.And in the tightest spot of the game — the top of the 13th inning — Wamps’ baseball coach Bill O’Connell had just the right player stride up to the plate. Sophomore Connor Columbus executed a “perfect” suicide squeeze, bunting the ball softly down the first base line. Senior captain Alex Alexander, who led off the inning with a single before stealing second and reaching third on an error, scored the go-ahead run that gave the Wamps the 5-2 win at Weymouth.“[Connor] is a football player too, so we know he’s mentally tough,” said O’Connell. “He could handle that [suicide squeeze] situation. In the biggest spot, Connor came up. It was a great bunt on the grass.” O’Connell was proudest of his two pitchers. Freshman Scott Creedon pitched eight shutout innings before getting into the ninth, and then sophomore lefthander, Scott Strachan, pitched four shutout innings to preserve the game for the Wamps. Strachan was called up from the junior varsity team just two weeks ago, and O’Connell is glad the Wamps’ JV coach gave him the recommendation.“Scott [Strachan] did a fantastic job,” said O’Connell. “He has two wins and three saves in just two weeks on varsity. He was pitching well on JV and we wanted a lefty arm.”And as a freshman, Creedon has done his job well, too.“He’s a guy that’s had a lot of success in his young career,” O’Connell said. “He locates his fastball really well. He’s been in a lot of big spots this year. He really impressed us with the number of strikes he threw in preseason. He’s really emerged into our No. 3 starter.Creedon allowed eight hits and struck out five before being relieved in the ninth with the score 2-2.The 12-3 Wamps will play Weymouth again before facing No. 2 Walpole Wednesday.

 

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:38 p.m.

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