Xaverian’s Hoyt steps up, hits walk-off blast
Xaverian second baseman Chris Hoyt finished Tuesday with a bang, socking a 2-and-0 pitch over the fence to cap a walkoff, 9-7 home win over Norwood in extra innings for the top-ranked Hawks.
“It looked like it was going to be a slugfest,’’ said Xaverian coach Gerry Lambert, after watching a combined 12 runs cross the plate in the first three innings.
The game was tied, 6-6, after three innings, but Norwood took a one-run lead into the seventh. Hawks junior catcher Alex Person walked to the plate with two outs. With a runner on third, Person laced a pitch into left field, sending it to extras.
After shutting down Norwood in the top of the eighth, Hoyt stepped to the plate with a runner on in the bottom half and ended things on the third pitch he saw.
“[Hoyt] is a coach’s dream,’’ Lambert said about his three-year starter, who had two hits and three RBIs. “When you win a close game, it tends to be because your key players play well. That was [Hoyt] for us.’’
Hoyt wasn’t the only player to come up big for the Hawks (4-2) Tuesday. Senior pitcher Nick Ahearn entered in the fourth after starter Tim Duggan struggled through the first three innings. In five innings, Ahearn was effective in silencing the Norwood bats.
“It’ll be good if we keep getting performances from [Ahearn] like that,’’ said Lambert.
“Our goal every year is to get 10 wins and qualify for the postseason. I want them to improve to the point where we’re a tough team to beat in June. Then I’ll be satisfied as a coach.’’
Lowell 4, Haverhill 3 - Red Raiders’ Brendon Bretton fanned four in the win.
Plymouth North 7, Malden Catholic 1 - Senior Jake Stearns went 4 2/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball to pick up his first win for the Eagles (4-1).
Canton 4, Dedham 3 - Matt Potts and Justin Rudy hit back-to-back homers in the seventh to lift the Bulldogs (4-2).
Weston 3, Boston Latin 2 - Noah Pocci doubled in a run to help the Wildcats (5-0) remain unbeaten.
Braintree 5, Mansfield 2 - The Wamps got a complete-game two-hitter from senior Pat Delino, who improved to 4-1.
North Quincy 1, Quincy 0 - Tim Liuzzo tossed a two-hitter for the Red Raiders (1-2).
Wellesley 7, Medfield 6 - Raiders junior Brian McMahon pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief, striking out five.
Triton 1, Hamilton-Wenham 0 - Blaise Whitman pitched a four-hitter, striking out 12 for the Vikings. Jarrod Mullen was 2 for 3 and knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth.
BC High 6, Cheverus (Maine) 5 - Trailing, 5-3, in the bottom of the seventh, the Eagles’ Justin Silvestro singled with the bases loaded to tie it and Brian Hocking singled in the winning run.
Coyle & Cassidy 2, Brockton 1 - Kelsey Boarman picked up her third win for the Warriors (4-1) with a six-strikeout effort.
Winthrop 6, Manchester Essex 2 - Alex Ferri went six innings for the win and also went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Vikings.
Peabody 8, Beverly 4 - Alexa Battersby picked up the win for the Tanners (2-2), allowing two earned runs in four innings.
Concord-Carlisle 8, Lincoln-Sudbury 7 - Doug Gonchoe kept the Warriors at bay with 12 saves and Kevin Delehey (three goals) and Mike O’Brien (two goals) powered the Patriots.
Winchester 10, Andover 9 - Andrew Laugharn’s third goal of the game was the winner at 2:33 of double overtime.
Lexington 7, Arlington 6 - Matt Mazur scored the winner for the Minutemen in double overtime.
Scituate 8, Walpole 2 - Sharp Jones and Tucker Siessau each had two goals and two assists for the Sailors (4-1).