The Irving School won the middle school “City Championship” Wednesday afternoon at East Boston Stadium, while the Frederick School beat the Curley School on a walkoff home run in the “Town Championship” at Madison Park.
Both games were part of the Play Ball! Boston Public Schools Middle School Baseball Championships.
The Irving defeated the Ohrenberger, 10-3, in coach Lami Pilet's first year at the helm.
"It’s awesome," said Pilet. "It’s just incredible the amount of work and the joy I see from the kids' parents. And the kids' energy that they put in there, it’s incredible. Every game we played we won."
The team finished the season 7-0.
"Cedrick Pina started wild with his pitching then calmed down and did great," Pilet said via email. "Manny Ortiz came in and had an awesome inning. Jordan Diaz closed out strong, throwing about 75-plus.
"Roberick Sarita had a huge triple and also made a great play at the plate. Our outfielders were great at backing up the plays and we ran the base really well."
Pilet said he enjoyed watching his team grown throughout the season.
"Watching our players' talent grow along with their knowledge of the game was amazing," he said. "We practiced everyday and they always came ready to work hard. We had good fielding and solid pitching and were able to get hits when needed them. We also had a great season because of all the support we got from teachers and parents. Many came to the games, that gave our team an extra boost of energy. It was an amazing season."
Ohrenberger coach Mike Gavin said he was thrilled that his team made the “City Championship” in the program’s inaugural season. They finished the year 6-2.
“It was phenomenal," he said. "Better than we could have ever hoped for -- fantastic, great game."
Gavin said his team was not bothered by the fact that the game was originally supposed to be played at Fallon Field in Hyde Park but was moved to East Boston’s turf field because Fallon was soaking wet.
“No, not at all,” he said. “Honestly we would have traveled to Canada to play that game.
“The kids love to play baseball. It was two great teams. We saw them during the regular season; they are just a great team. They say if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Two great teams.”
Gavin's team graduates four eighth graders.
“That’s the good thing -- our seventh graders got to see what it looks like to win the championship,” he said. “That’s what it looks like, now let’s go do it next year. We do have a nice core group coming back.”
In the “Town Championship,” Frederick eighth-grader Enyel Santana hit a walkoff home run with two outs in bottom of the seventh inning to give his team a 3-2 victory.
“It was a very exciting game,” said Frederick coach Lionel Flores. “It was amazing.”
Santana went 2 for 3 or Frederick (5-2) while teammate Erick Albino got the win, striking out five batters.
This was the first season that Play Ball! organized “City” and “Town” championships. Santana likes the new format.
"It gives everybody an opportunity to get to the championship game," he said.
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