Xaverian soars to win
Hoyt’s timely hits help sink Algonquin
WORCESTER - Xaverian relied on the second baseman Chris Hoyt’s bat to reach the Division 1 final, and the senior captain pulled through again, going 2 for 5 with four RBIs to lift his team to a 7-1 victory over Algonquin in the state championship Saturday at Fitton Field.
Hoyt was 3 for 5 with two RBIs to lead his team to a 3-2 win over Lowell in Tuesday’s semifinal.
“The last two games, [Hoyt’s] hitting led the way,’’ said Xaverian coach Gerry Lambert. “It led us, really, all year, but these past two games have been a microcosm of that.’’
Algonquin (15-10) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, and Xaverian struggled against junior pitcher Luke Serra, who had a one-hitter through four innings.
But in the bottom of the fifth, the Hawks took a 2-1 lead on Hoyt’s two-run double off the left field wall.
“He put a charge into that one,’’ Lambert said. “That really launched us. We hadn’t done anything in the first four innings and that’s the guy I want up there.’’
After Xaverian pitcher Alex Person struck out the side in the top of the sixth inning, the Hawks blew open the game in the bottom.
Person scored from third when Serra overthrew a pickoff attempt to first, and first baseman Mike LaVita scored when Patrick Kane walked Tyler Wolfe with the bases loaded.
Then, with the bases full, Hoyt hit a two-run single to left field for a 6-1 lead.
“I love playing in big games, and I love being put in the spotlight with runners on base,’’ Hoyt said. “The past two games, I’ve been seeing the ball well and hitting the ball hard.
“Our whole team has put out a great effort this whole tournament, and to break the lead open and stay with it to win the state championship.’’
The Hawks added their final run in the bottom of the seventh when Person scored on a sacrifice fly from LaVita.
Person, who finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and a stolen base, tossed a 133-pitch complete game and struck out nine. The win caps a rollercoaster season for the Hawks (18-8), who entered the tournament as the 15th seed with a 12-8 record.
“It’s unbelievable, because coming from 2010 [a 3-2 loss to Algonquin in the final], me, Tim [Duggan] and Ty [Campo] were itching to get back here,’’ Hoyt said. “We weren’t sure if it was going to be last year or this year, but we played great baseball all tournament and it was great.’’