Throughout his career at Shrewsbury High, Jay Reynolds has come through in the clutch on many occasions. So, it came as no surprise that Colonials’ baseball coach Lee Diamantopoulos turned to Reynolds with the game on the line, even though the senior captain was thrust into an unfamiliar role. Reynolds came on in relief in a big spot in the eighth inning and stopped a Holy Name rally before completing the save in the ninth as sixth-seeded Shrewsbury topped the No. 11 Naps, 4-2, in a Central Mass. Division 1 Tournament first-round game. The Colonials (14-7) travel to St. John’s to meet the No. 3 Pioneers in a quarterfinal at 4 p.m. Monday. Holy Name finished 10-11. Shrewsbury had a 4-1 lead in the eighth inning, but Holy Name’s Josh Riley delivered a one-out single that scored Aaron Soucy to make it 4-2, with two of the Naps best hitters — Adam Barry and Mike Piekarczyk — looming. Diamantopoulos trotted to the mound and summoned Reynolds in from center field. “Coach was telling me all game to stay loose in case I needed to pitch,” said Reynolds, who needed just five pitches to retire Holy Name’s Nos. 3 and 4 hitters in the eighth. “I’ve never really pitched in relief, I hadn’t thrown even a pitch in relief this year, but I just took the mound with confidence and executed, and fortunately things worked out.”
Shrewsbury 4, Holy Name 2
Friday, May. 31, 2013, at Shrewsbury
Updated: Friday, May 31, 2013, 9:08 p.m.