After starting pitcher Ariel Rodriguez was tagged for five runs in the first inning of Friday’s Boston City League matchup with Dorchester, Boston English coach Ricardo Figueroa turned to Stanley Vargas to get the Blue and Blue back into the contest. The sophomore righthander pitched 3⅓ solid innings of relief while English’s bats erupted in a 16-8 win at Dorchester. “I was ready because coach had told me the inning before that I was going to come in the next inning,” Vargas said. He said his approach was to “just throw strikes and keep them off the base.” Although Dorchester scored three additional runs while he was on the mound, Vargas was impressive for English. He struck out seven while allowing just three hits and one walk. English senior Miguel Lorenzo dominated at the dish, driving in six runs on four hits, two of which were home runs. The slugger then followed Vargas with three scoreless innings of his own to close the game. “Miguel, he did it all,” Figueroa said. “He hit the ball good and on the mound he saved the game at the end.” Lorenzo’s first home run, a 2-run shot over the left fielder, gave English the early lead in the top of the first. The Blue and Blue (6-2) tacked on another run before Dorchester surged in the bottom of the first. English scored three times in the top of the second to take a 6-5 lead, but the Bears battled back in the home half of the inning. With two outs and freshman third baseman Angel Class on second, starting pitcher Moises Beltre smacking a home run to right field to put his team back on top, 7-6. It would be the last lead of the game for Dorchester (4-3), however, as English reclaimed the advantage the next inning after a series of poor defensive plays by the Bears.
Boston English 16, Dorchester 8
Friday, Apr. 25, 2014, at Dorchester
Updated: Friday, April 25, 2014, 9:08 p.m.