After winning the Boston City League championships on Monday, Boston English earned a No. 4 seed in the Division 2 North state championship bracket and home field advantage in the first round.
The Blue & Blue (13-5) will host Gloucester at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
“It’s good for the fans, they get to watch the team play and [it's good for] the kids too,” English High coach Modesto “Moe” Gomez said of having home field advantage before noting that he’s glad the game is not in Gloucester. “[We] might’ve had to take a plain to get up there. That’s far.”
Gomez said he doesn’t have the “slightest idea” about how good of a team No. 13 Gloucester (10-10) is but he said he will start junior pitcher Johamin Vicioso, who earned the victory in the city championships semifinal.
“He’s a very good athlete, he would’ve pitched on Monday if I let him,” Gomez said. “He’ll be ready for it. … We’re on a roll right now. The kids are playing well. I’m glad we don’t have to wait too long [to play], that way we can just keep playing.”
Latin Academy, who lost to English 5-3 in Monday’s city championship tilt, will also play in the Division 2 North bracket against No. 7 Burlington (12-8). The No. 10-seeded Dragons (11-9) will play at 4 p.m. on Thursday in Burlington.
In the Division 1 North bracket, No. 15 Latin School (11-9) will meet No. 18 Central Catholic at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
In the Division 3 North tournament, No. 15 Brighton (9-9) will host No. 18 Saugus (7-13) at 3 p.m. on Thursday. Madison Park (7-10) snuck into the Division 3 North bracket as a No. 17 seed and will play at No. 16 Stoneham (9-11) at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Finally, Boston International and Fenway will compete in Division 4 North.
No. 4 International (12-6), who lost to English in the semis of the city tournament, will host the winner No. 5 Trinity Catholic and No. 12 North Shore Tech at 4 p.m. on June 4.
No. 7 Fenway (10-8) will host No. 10 Georgetown at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
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