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Belmont Hill shuts out Rivers to move into four-way tie in ISL

Belmont Hill’s Keelan Smithers’s complete game win over Rivers lifted his team into a four-way tie for first in the ISL.
Belmont Hill’s Keelan Smithers’s complete game win over Rivers lifted his team into a four-way tie for first in the ISL.Jon Mahoney for The Boston Globe

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Things got much tighter atop the ISL baseball standings when Belmont Hill blanked Rivers, 8-0, in Weston Saturday, making a four-way tie for first place. Belmont Hill, Rivers, Governor’s Academy, and BB&N all have just two losses.

Hillies pitcher Keelan Smithers went the distance, striking out 10 with just two walks.

“I think he got stronger as the game went on,” said Belmont Hill coach Mike Grant. “All those guys in [Rivers’s] lineup, they’re tough outs. There’s nobody in their lineup that’s going to go down looking. They competed early in the game and got his pitch count up but then he found his groove around the fourth and fifth.”

Already leading, 2-0, Belmont Hill rewarded Smithers with a five-run fourth inning.

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