In Worcester, Greater Lowell established a team record in victories in a season as the Gryphons jumped out to a huge lead early and managed to hold off Worcester Tech 7-5 Monday in the first round of the Large School Division of the Vocational State Baseball Tournament.
Starting pitcher Curtis Hamilton went the distance, allowing seven hits while striking out 12. The senior righty, who is headed to the University of Southern New Hampshire next season, suffered one bad inning when the Eagles put up four runs in the third. However, Hamilton (5-2) was able re-group and yielded just one run the rest of the way.
Greater Lowell (19-2 and winners of 15 straight) will face the winner of the Diman Regional Voke/Whittier Tech game for the vocational title Tuesday at a time and site to be announced. The Eagles end their regular season at 18-3.
"Except for one inning Curtis was on," Gryphons coach Dave MacLaughlin said. "I'm pleased with the way our kids came out and took advantage of the situations they had. Give Worcester Tech credit though because they hit the ball very well. Even some of the outs they got were balls that were hit hard."
Greater Lowell took a 1-0 lead after the opening frame and would extend its advantage to six following a five-run third behind a pair of two-run singles off the bats of Hamilton and Nik Powers. In the bottom of the frame, the Eagles scrapped back as John Boyd drove in a pair with a triple. Nick Matthews also produced a run-scoring triple and Mike Mastrototaro followed with an RBI double to cut the deficit to 6-4. The Gryphons would add a run in the fourth on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Matthews. Worcester Tech plated a single run in the fifth thanks to a Boyd RBI single.
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