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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