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West Roxbury and Boston International set for showdown

Posted by Zolan Kanno-Youngs  June 4, 2013 06:14 PM

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After No. 5 West Roxbury and No. 1 Boston International square off Thursday, there will be only one city baseball team left in the MIAA state tournament. The two will face each other in the Division 4 North semifinals at Bentley at 4 p.m.

West Roxbury coach Clifton Wilson, fresh off of a big win against Mystic Valley in the quarterfinals, has mixed feelings about being one of the two left.

“There’s a tremendous amount of pride for Boston baseball, which I believe is making an attempt to get better,” Wilson said. “On the other hand, I’m very proud that we are one of the two remaining teams left.

"I think that makes a statement for the program we’re running here and also the program Boston International is running.”

Having not played since Friday, Wilson is excited about being able to start his best pitcher, Sean Haugh. The coach also doesn’t believe that focusing on Boston International’s play in its win against Rockport will be essential.

“It’s not about Boston International, it’s about West Roxbury baseball,” Wilson said. “We have to be able to execute, we have to take care of our own situation.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs covers Boston Public School athletics. He can be reached at kannoyoungs.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @KannoYoungs.

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