West Roxbury rallied from a two-run, fourth-inning deficit to take a 10-8 victory over Madison Park in a rematch of last year’s Boston City League baseball championship game.
“We just talked about the character of the team and I told them, I said, ‘I didn’t know the character of our team yet’,” said West Roxbury coach Clifton Wilson.
“We kept plugging, we never gave up.”
Senior pitcher Jonathan Bohilla-Delon pitched a complete game and also went 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Two of Bohilla-Delon’s RBIs came from a two-run home run to give West Roxbury its ninth and 10th runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Bohilla-Delon, a righthander, allowed five hits and five earned runs while walking six batters and striking out nine in seven innings.
“He was awful early, but showed tremendous mental toughness and really kept us in the game, and then he hit the two-run home run to win the game,” said Wilson.
Three-time defending city league champion Madison Park got off to a quick lead, scoring two runs in the first inning. Pitcher Frank Polanco reached on an error and moved to third on a passed ball before coming home by a ground ball out from second baseman Hector Amador (2 for4, RBI). Manny Garcia scored the second run after walking. A single up the middle by Kevin Arroyo (1 for 2, RBI) drove Garcia home.
“I had a lot of young folks and a lot of inexperienced kids in the game and I got to see what they could do and I was satisfied,” Madison Park coach Michael Viggiano.
“The positives are the young folks and the inexperienced folks did what was expected.”
Polanco pitched five-plus innings, giving up 10 hits, 6 walks, and 7 earned runs while striking out seven. He was relieved by senior lefthander Gustavo Mateo.
West Roxbury got the two runs back in the top of the second off a bases-clearing double from left fielder Raymand Tejeda (2 for 4, 2 RBI).
The Cardinals scored two runs in each of the second and third innings to take a 6-2 lead into the top of the fourth.
“The bats came alive somewhat, I tip my cap to their pitcher, he pitched the whole game,” Viggiano said.
West Roxbury slowly chipped away at the Cardinals’ lead. The Raiders had the bases loaded with no outs in the fourth, but were only able to score two runs. Second baseman Samir Royas and third baseman Chris Moreta picked up the RBIs to push the score to 6-4.
“The strength of this team is our hitting,” Wilson said. “We have been able to score a lot of runs.”
West Roxbury gained another run in the fifth off an RBI single from Royas who scored right fielder Matthew Lara who reached base on a single. The Raiders took the lead in the sixth inning, stringing together three hits before recording an out. Bohilla-Delon got the go-ahead RBI, scoring Moreta with an RBI double, making it 7-6 after six innings of action.
Defensively, the Raiders stayed sharp in the late innings, led by Bohilla-Delon. He struck out the side for a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth, then struck out two more in the sixth, keeping Madison Park off the board.
Bohilla-Delon wasn’t done with his night. He hit the two-run home run in the seventh after a Moreta RBI to make the score 10-6.
The Cardinals battled back in the seventh, picking up two runs on a single and a couple of walks. But Bohilla-Delon was too much for Madison Park to handle in the end, as he stuck out the final batter of the game as his teammates stormed the mound in celebration.
“This team is a young team, a new team, we lost everyone from last year, I had no idea what we had,” Wilson said. “So they showed me something.”
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