Bryan Perez scattered seven hits over eight innings and Steve Flynn (5 RBIs) belted an eighth-inning grand slam as East Side rolled to an 11-1, mercy-rule win, forcing a winner-take-all nightcap.
There was no stopping East Side. Ysander Figueroa, a rising sophomore at Assumption College, ripped three hits and knocked four runs and Flynn added two more RBIs as Post 201 hung on for a 10-7 victory, securing a trip to the Northeast Regional tournament in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. East Side (27-8) will play the New York state champion Thursday morning at 9:30.
“We wanted to get on top early to make it difficult for [Lowell]," said East Side manager Mark Peters.
Regan Aghdam (4 innings), Perez (4 innings), and Figueroa (1 inning) shared the work on the mound. Lowell finishes 22-7
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