BASEBALL

Hopedale 2, Uxbridge 0

Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013, at Hopedale

Senior southpaw Ian Strom pitched a one-hit shutout at Fino Field in Milford as the second-seeded Blue Raiders (19-3) advanced to the Central Mass. Division 3 final after topping the Spartans (15-7). Hopedale will face fifth-seeded Oxford in the final at noon Saturday at Tivnan Field in Worcester. Hopedale needed only two at-bats to take a 1-0 lead, with Kevin Bresciani leading off the bottom of the first with a triple and Cole DeDonato bringing him home on a grounder. In the fifth with two outs, DeDonato stole second and scored on Strom's single. Strom struck out seven, walked two and allowed only a double to left by Kenny Paulhus as he improved to 8-1. He was also the beneficiary of several stellar plays at shortstop by Dan Mantoni, who will pitch Saturday. Uxbridge's Jeff Graveson allowed only four hits in the game, which was completed in 1 hour, 15 minutes.

 

Updated: Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 10:08 p.m.

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