BASEBALL

Leominster 15, Shepherd Hill 6

Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013, at Dudley

The Leominster baseball team picked an opportune time for its largest offensive outbreak of the season Tuesday afternoon. The seventh-seeded Blue Devils set a season high for hits with 20 and tied a season high for runs in their 15-6 drubbing over Shepherd Hill in a Central Mass. Division 1 quarterfinal. “I guess you could say I’ve been around long enough to expect the unexpected,” said 43-year Leominster coach Emile Johnson, who will retire at the end of the season. “No way would I ever expect us to get (20) hits.” The Blue Devils, who now face No. 3 seed St. John’s in a semifinal at 4 p.m. today at Tivnan Field, used a five-run first inning and a pair of four-run innings in the blowout, less than two weeks after it won a 3-1 pitching duel against the Rams. They shocked Shepherd Hill by jumping to a 6-1 lead after two innings against starter Drew Ravenelle. Jason Valera (2 hits, 3 runs) smacked a two-run double, and Tyler Vaillette, Nick Cordio (2 hits) and Ryan Lever (4 for 5) added RBI hits in the first. All five runs were scored with two outs, and four were unearned after shortstop Chris Daniel’s error extended the inning. “With two outs, we got some key hits today,” Johnson said. “A lot of times this season we’ve had trouble with two outs generating some hits; we have not hit the ball well.”

 

Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9:23 p.m.

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