Duggan ends it with a 1-2-3 inning. Prep was sloppy all the way through, and three runs in the sixth for Xaverian really helped put out a potential comeback.
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Galvin finally exits to the Foo Fighter's "My Hero". His replacement is sophomore closer Tim Duggan, who fellow Globe-guy Jake Seiner says possesses one of the best heaters from a lefty in the south. Of course, the last time he came into a playoff game up by 6, Bridgewater-Raynham roughed him up pretty good.
Prep picks up one to make it 12-7 in the top half of the 8th on Justin Peluso's RBI single. Some great defense by the right side of Xaverian's infield kept the damage at a minimum.
Xaverian is scoreless in the bottom half of the frame, and we head into the ninth with the Prep down, 12-7.
Fabrizio, who has been outstanding this year, didn't get much help from his defense and finished after 5.1 innings, 10 hits, 12 runs (about 8 or 9 earned, can't compute right now), 4 bb's and 4 k's.
Galvin got through the seventh unscathed, leaving a runner at third. No one seems to be warming up for Xaverian, so expect him to come out for the eighth.
Also, we just got through the first full inning in which neither scored. 12-6 going into the 8th, and Prep needs some runs.
Looked like more of the same from St. John's as the Eagles. had a pair of guys on base with two outs. Galvin, who like Fabrizio must be tiring soon, wiggled out of it with a groundout.
And on cue, Fabrizio is knocked out of the game after Kyle MacDonald knocked in Kevin Aufiero to make it 11-6. Aufiero smacked an RBI triple that knocked in the Hawks' tenth run.
Joshua Baldwin, who pitched a four strong innings (and only 59 pitches) against Lawrence just two nights ago, replaced Fabrizio.
Baldwin allowed an inherited run to score on Alex Phelan's RBI groundout, and its 12-6 after six. Xaverian scored some massive runs to demoralize the surging Prep offense.
The tide could be turning. After the big inning, Nick Fabrizio recorded his first 1-2-3 inning of the game. Into the 6th we go, 9-6 Xaverian.
The St. John's bats seem to have been encouraged after breaking the goose egg on the scoreboard. Dillon Gonzalez reached on an infield single to start off the fifth, and Cameron Davey followed up with an RBI triple hit roughly 600 feet into left-center. Alex Markakis knocked in Davey with an RBI groundout, making it 9-3.
Galvin walked the next two batters and Kevin barry blooped a single into right, but gave Xaverian a break when he ran into an out trying to stretch it to a double without realizing his teammate had been stationed there already.
Connaughton picked him up with a huge two-out, two-run single up the middle to make it 9-5 and Kevin Davis's RBI triple into right-center made it a three-run affair going into the bottom half of the fifth.
Some good news for the Prep faithful in the top of the fourth. Justin Peluso (single) and Kevin Barry (walk) each reached to open up the inning against Xaverian lefty Mike Galvin, setting up something promising with cleanup hitter Pat Connaughton at the plate.
Connaughton would hit into a fielder's choice -- though the St.John's dugout was livid at a Jim Joyce-like whiff by the umpire that called Barry out at second when it looked as though he fielder wasn't in contact with the bag at second.
Still, the Eagles scratched one across on Kevin Davis's groundout, making it 8-1.
Xaverian did, however, get the run back in bottom half of the frame on Gerard Florentino's sac fly to center that scored Kevin Aufiero, who is having a strong game at the plate. Aufiero singled, moved to second on a passed ball, and stole third (Xaverian's sixth straight theft to start the game, before John Mullen got gunned down to end the inning.)
9-1 here in favor of the X-Men. For those interested, we are hearing press room rumors that Duxbury downed Masconomet, 2-1, in the D2 EMass title game up in Lowell. Great run for previously undefeated Masco.
Welcome to live coverage of the Division 1 EMass championship game between St. John's Prep and Xaverian from Campanelli Stadium in Brockton.
If you chose to stay home and watch the Celtics pursuit of another championship, you aren't missing much suspense here. Xaverian has opened up an 8-0 lead going into the top of the fourth.
The Hawks have done just about everything right, while the Prep has done just about everything wrong to this point. Xaverian scored three in the first on the back of two Prep errors (though Kevin Aufiero did hit the laces off the ball with a triple that scored Chris Hoyt.)
The Eagles committed another miscue in a four-run second inning that saw four straight singles by Derek Reddy, Hoyt, Aufiero, and Kyle MacDonald.
Reddy knocked in John Kelley in the third to put us where we are now.
We will try to keep you updated throughout the evening.
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