With a hefty lead in hand, Reading sophomore Scott Tully reared back on a 3-2 count and fired a fastball past the batter for his 92d strikeout of the season, setting a school mark for a season in a 16-2 victory Wednesday over Woburn at Woburn High School.
"He has the talent and tools to be one of the very best we've had," said Peter Moscariello, Reading's coach of 33 years.
Tully, a lefthander, finished the game with 11 strikeouts, bringing his season total to 97 in 52 2/3 innings. The previous mark was set in 2009 when former Globe All-Scholastic Ben O'Shea struck out 91.
Tully has a 7-1 record. He has three strong pitches in his repertoire, including a hard fastball, a solid changeup, and a recently developed curveball that has become stronger throughout the season. As a freshman he went 7-2 with 75 strikeouts.
"He is a young kid, has the competitive drive, and is willing to work at it," said Moscariello. "It's going to be enjoyable to watch him over the next couple of years."
With the victory, Reading (14-4) closed out its Middlesex League schedule in second place behind top-ranked Lexington.
"I'm proud of [the 14-4 record] and proud of the kids," said Moscariello. "They've worked hard, are playing their best ball now, and they're having fun."
The Rockets have two nonleague regular-season games remaining, this weekend as part of the Dick Scanlon Invitational in Wilmington.
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