Justin A. Rice for the Boston Globe
Fenway High took out its frustrations from Tuesday afternoon’s 15-8 loss to Dorchester on Burke on Friday afternoon, earning a 14-1 win at Clifford Field in a game called after five innings.
“We got pretty beat up against Dorchester,” winning pitcher Jeffery Pena (1-1) said. “We just came in with a lot of anger; we had to let it out. We got it out of our system. Revenge is out, we’re no longer mad.”
After scoring two runs in the first, Fenway (2-2) took out most of that anger in an eight-run second inning in which it nearly batted around the order twice.
Burke didn’t fold its tent, though. Burke faced just three batters in the third, with a double play ending the inning. Jonathan Vega popped out to senior center fielder Mark Benjamin, who then doubled off Fenway catcher Henry Miranda at second base.
Then freshman pitcher William Martinez — who struck out five batters and walked eight — fielded a comebacker to get out of the inning.
Burke (1-4) got its only run in the fourth inning when Adam Ortiz knocked in Shaylin Blackwell on a fielder’s choice.
“The way I try to work with these young people is to continue to stress fundamentals, stay together, working as a unit and playing hard,” Burke coach Paul Duhaime said. “A lot of times baseball to me is like life and there’s quite a bit of adversity and if you can work through adversity you’ll have success.
Burke’s only win of the season this year was when Dorchester forfeited in the season opener. Last year Burke went 1-15. But Duhaime said his goal is not to necessarily win games but to help his players go to college. He boasted that Blackwell is going to Iowa State and Benjamin will attend Framingham State, Southern New Hampshire, or Salem State.
“My second goal is I want them to be solid citizens in the classroom and my third goal is to get them to respect the game of baseball,” Duhaime said.
Fenway said its goal for this season is to make the city tournament after it missed the tournament last year by one game following a loss to Snowden in the final game of the regular season.
“We use that as motivation, we talk about that a lot,” said Pena. “We were one game away and we blew it against Snowden so it’s still in the back of our mind that game.”
Fenway catcher Henry Miranda went 2 for 5 with four RBIs. Two of those RBIs came at the start of Fenway’s big second inning.
“Basically I just told our guys to be very patient with this kid, he’s not throwing very hard,” first-year Fenway coach David Walsh said.
Walsh, a 2003 Fenway graduate, said he is pleased with his team's offensive approach, especially its ability to draw walks and hit with two outs.
“We’re very fast, we like to be aggressive on the bases,” he said. “We had some big two-out hits; something we have struggled with is hitting with two outs. Just timely hitting was the key today besides Jeffery throwing a good game.”
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