It may have been a breezy afternoon, but Triton baseball head coach Richard Dube would not lay blame on any gusts of wind to explain his team's 15-14 victory over Masconomet on Friday.
"It was a little windy, but nothing that would have been huge," Dube said. "Maybe it was the proper aligning of the stars."
The Vikings scored eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally from a seven run deficit, after a series of walked batters and wild pitches from the Chieftans enabled Triton to complete its comeback.
Masconomet had jumped out to an early lead, and then broke the game open in the sixth, scoring six runs. That set the stage for the Vikings' recovery. Senior Nick Beaudoin came in to pitch for Triton in the sixth. Beaudoin only ended up surrendering one hit the rest of the game.
"At that point we were only down by a touchdown," Dube quipped. "So Nick shut them down the rest of the way."
In the bottom of the seventh, a series of miscues by Chieftans' pitcher Ben Panunzio led to the bases being loaded up. Sophomore catcher Cody Wolcik was walked, scoring the tying run for Triton.
"Cody had a good at bat," Dube said. "He had been struggling a bit at the plate. He's a catcher who gets whacked around a bit, so it was nice to see him there."
With the bases still loaded, redemption came full circle for the Vikings when starting pitcher Tim Cashman, who had been yanked earlier in the game and moved to center field, was hit by a pitch, giving Triton the win.
"Tim has been one of our leaders all year," Dube said. "I felt confident with Tim at the plate."
The Vikings (6-4, 3-1), resume play Tuesday against Wilmington.
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