The fourth annual "Strike Out Colon Cancer" tournament ended the same as last year's. Malden High poured the runs on Madison Park at East Boston Stadium, winning 13-1 in a five-inning game cut short by the mercy rule.
Behind junior Austin Teal's third-inning grand slam and junior Nick Powers's 3 for 3 day -- which inlcuded a double, triple, and home run -- Madison Park wasn't able to catch up. Teal was awarded the tournament's MVP award.
Golden Tornadoes coach Kevin Carpenito doesn't think his team's season has been based mainly on its hitting, though. In fact, he thinks his three pitchers -- senior Bradley Applin, Powers, and junior Chuck Gibson -- hold the key. Applin pitched and got the win in the Golden Tornadoes semifinal victory.
"They've carried us all season," Carpenito said. "They're all quality starters, and hopefully they can get us some wins in the state tournament this year."
The Golden Tornadoes won their semifinal game over Newton South, 5-2, while the Cardinals knocked off host East Boston in the second semifinal matchup, 9-6.
The Golden Tornadoes pitching proved to be overpowering, as Gibson was impressive. The righty pitched all five innings, allowing one hit -- a home run -- while striking out seven and walking none. Carpenito's team went into the game expecting nothing short of a trophy, though.
"[The team] just expects to win all the time," Carpenito said. "We take it one game at a time."
The nonleague win brings Malden's overall record to 13-5.
East Boston coach Phil Brangiforte started the tournament four years ago after his wife, Carrie, was diagnosed with colon cancer. The tournament has already raised $20,000 towards colon cancer research at Boston Medical Center, according to a Boston.com article from May 17. Carpenito knows his team isn't just playing to win during the two-day tournament.
"It's for such a good cause," he said. "[Brangiforte] does a good job and also raising money. I'm sure it's not easy."
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