Senior Middlesex League co-MVP Will Marcal led Lexington baseball to a perfect 20-0 season after fanning 12 batters in seven innings to beat Lowell, 8-6.
The Brown bound pitcher improved to 8-0 on the season. He also notched two RBIs for a total of 23 on the season.
“He was an all scholastic and the league MVP last year,” said Lexington’s head coach Tom O’Grady.“ "He is one of the best pitchers in Eastern Mass. He has got the heart of a lion and he is a fierce competitor.”
Lowell held on to an early lead after two innings but Lexington turned to their strong lineup to lift them from a 4-1 deficit.
Senior third baseman and tri-captain Demitri Monvoukas drilled a two-run homer, his fourth of the season, in the bottom of the second to drive in junior catcher Connor Murray. Monvoukas returned in the fifth inning to help the Minutemen take a fragile 5-4 lead with a crisp line drive to right field to drive in senior designated hitter Charlie Guthrie for his 23rd RBI of the season.
"We have gotten down early this year in some games but we have a very good hitting lineup,” O’Grady said. “I knew we could come back. We have proved it when we have been down and have come back pretty strong.”
In the top of the seventh, Marcal struck out the first batter then walked the following two. He followed it up by striking out the last two hitters to close the game.
“I think when it was all said and done it was a relief to go 20-0. It is pretty special thing. It is not an easy thing to do,” O’Grady said. "We have great senior leadership. We have a lot of kids that have played since they were freshman and they are an extremely talented group of players.We are very proud but we also want to improve in our performance in the tournament from last year.”
The Minutemen are seeded first in the Division 1 North State Tournament for the second straight year. They were knocked out by the same Lowell team in the first round of the state tournament last.
Lexington extends their regular season win streak to 35 victories.
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