His teammates call him “Mikey Baseball” for a reason.
Junior pitcher Michael Theriault delivered for East Boston in Thursday’s Central Division game at Boston International, going all seven innings with 12 strikeouts in a 7-1 win.
“Any division game, we've got to get a win, and I felt good today," said Theriault. "I got lucky. Everyone played good behind me, good defense, everybody was hitting today. It was just a good day for all of us."
The pitcher also managed to provide the spark on offense that broke the game open in the fourth inning.
After Boston International pitcher Eriken Calderon walked home a run with the bases loaded to give East Boston a 3-1 lead, Theriault lined a two-run single.
“That broke it open, and then after that I didn’t need anything else,” Theriault said. “I just felt good today. [Catcher] Ramon Quinones was good behind the plate, called a good game, and everything was going. Every pitch was working with me today.”
Daniel Marifiote completed the four-run fourth inning for East Boston when he came home on a balk by Boston International pitcher Angel Concoso.
Concoso, who relieved Calderon in the inning, was the third pitcher used by coach Christian Irizarry. Sophomore Christopher Reynoso started the game but came out in the second inning after throwing consecutive wild pitches.
Errors plagued Boston International throughout the day and resulted in two East Boston runs, including its last run in the seventh inning. Junior Bryan Estrella came home on a wild throw to third by catcher Derlin Tejeda.
“I’m surprised," said Irizarry. "I don’t know if it’s the excitement or them just wanting to do extra. That’s where they’re making a lot of the little mistakes. I expected that to happen maybe today, but they’re getting there, they’re working hard.”
Irizarry added that his players might have gotten too excited, knowing that East Boston is their biggest competition in the Central Division.
However, that excitement proved to be just what East Boston needed to make a statement.
“We made the [city tournament] last year, they made the [city tournament] last year," said coach Phil Brangiforte. "We knew they were a good team. They moved up to our division. We didn’t take anything for granted, we just played East Boston High School baseball. That’s how we wanted to do it.”
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