Pavel Dzemianok / For the Boston Globe
With a trip to the Boston City League tournament on the line, the Brighton baseball team had to pull out a 4-3 win over Latin Academy on Wednesday afternoon at English high school, but they're status is still up in the air.
With the victory, the Bengals aren’t guaranteed a spot in the tournament. They're currently tied with the Latin Academy. A set of various tie-breakers will determine which team makes the tournament. Had Brighton lost, the Bengals would have been eliminated from the city's postseason.
“I don’t understand how the tie-breaker go. It has all kind of mumbo-jumbo,” Brighton coach Bill Mahoney said.
The Dragons scored two runs in the seventh inning before Brighton was able to stop the bleeding and claim the win.
The Bengals got off to an early start, scoring a run in the first inning, stringing together two hits, a hit batter and aggressive base running to score.
Latin Academy answered in the bottom half of the first. Pitcher Vincent LoPriore (3 for 4, 2 RBIs) singled in first baseman Kevin Moran who reached after getting hit by a pitch.
Brighton pitcher Chris DeLouchrey settled down after the first, getting 1-2-3 innings in both the second and fourth frames. He finished the game with seven innings pitched and 12 strikeouts. He allowed six hits and walked five.
“We had the big guy on the mound, he’s a force,” Mahoney said. “He was good when he had to be. He had two strikeouts in the seventh and was cruising and then all of a sudden they had a chance to win the ballgame.”
The Bengals added a run in the second off an RBI single from leadoff hitter Jesus Soto. They scored two more across in the fifth, taking advantage of walks and miscues from the Dragons defense. Randi Herrera (0 for 3) picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
“We don’t score a lot of runs as a team,” Mahoney said. “Four is what we have been scoring the last few games.”
DeLouchrey and the Bengals were on cruise control heading in the bottom of the seventh frame, and the star pitcher struck out the first two batters.
But Latin Academy hung tough, stringing together three hits and a walk to net two runs. Moran picked up an RBI on a single up the middle and LoPriore picked up his second RBI with a single to short right field.
Mahoney called a timeout to speak to DeLouchrey.
“I told him to look into the bullpen and see our relief pitching, and there is nobody there,” Mahoney said. “So it’s all your game.”
With runners on second and third, two outs and a trip to the city tournament on the line, the senior pitcher came through, striking out the final batter to cement the victory.
Brighton needs to win one of its next two games to qualify for the state tournament.
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