Monthly Archives: April 2011

Madison’s Miranda bombs Brighton

William Miranda wasn’t sure if he got all of the first one but the second home run he hit against Brighton High this afternoon couldn’t have felt better.

MP slugger William Miranda at the bat.

“I saw the pitch coming, it was perfect,” the Madison Park slugger said of his third home run of the season.  “The first one I don’t know how I got it. But it went out.”

MP Coach Mike Viggiano disagreed.

“No it was good wood,” he said. “Both were clean shots not cheap shots.”

One thing was clear: the pair of two-run homers — one in the first inning and another in the fourth — lifted the Cardinals to a 7-4 victory against the Bengals at Madison Park. The win also ended a three-game losing streak for Madison Park and could vault them to their third straight city championship.

“A three-peat, I don’t like to say that because I think it has an adverse effect on the team,” Viggiano said. “This could be the beginning of getting our act together. But we’re still making mental errors that hurt us. Our bats have come around finally.

Madison Park (2-4, 1-1 in league play) has lost to three non-league opponents — Billerica, Milton and Cambridge — which Viggiano scheduled to better prepare his players for city play.

“These guys have a big bull’s-eye attached to their back,” Viggiano said of his team. “So we’re seeing the best of everybody. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a good ride for us.”

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Fenway beats Charlestown in extra innings

By Evan Freedman

BPSsports Correspondent

CHARLESTOWN — Fenway Coach Kevin Grogan had to sweat out some defensive miscues before his squad came from behind to hand Charlestown its first conference loss of the year.

“We made lots of errors,” said Grogan after the 9-8 eight-inning win at Charlestown. “That’s what kills us, but today we survived.”

In the eighth, Fenway’s senior first baseman Luis Melo hit a shot deep to right, scoring the game’s winning run on an in-the-park home run. Charlestown had a good chance in the bottom of the eighth, but stranded two in scoring position.

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Madison Park-Fenway softball slideshow

Check out a slideshow from yesterday’s Madison Park-Fenway softball game courtesy of Richard Johnson, A.K.A the Son of Codman Square. Check out Richard’s site here.

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Dorchester avenges Snowden loss

Dorchester pitcher Luis Atiles warms up between innings during yesterday's 10-3 victory against Snowden at Jim Rice Field.

ROXBURY — After allowing Snowden High to load the bases while holding a 10-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning yesterday afternoon, Dorchester High baseball coach Rusty Young could only playfully chide his ace pitcher, Luis Atiles, as the team bus idled on Washington Street eager to depart Jim Rice Field.

“Luis, do you know the definition of efficient?” Young shouted to Atiles, who ultimately won the contest 10-3 with nine strikeouts. “Efficient means you get the job done with as little work as possible.”

After taking a 2-1 lead in the opening inning, Dorchester (3-2) blew up the game by batting around in the third inning, during which they added six more runs on four hits. Dorchester lost focus in the late innings and allowed Snowden to score two more runs in the sixth inning.

“We’re still in the process of getting all our players on the field,” Young said. “It’s nice to win any game but it’s nicer to play a clean game. In the only two loses we have has been a result of breakdowns in the field.

“We hit the ball [in the third inning] and took advantage of some walks in the lower end of the order. Our bats are starting to come around. That’s the key.”

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Hyde Park makes most of final season together

Hyde Park third baseman Chris Baez checks his swing before drawing a base on balls.

HYDE PARK — Even though they were getting slammed by Somerville and even though their schools will be shuttered at the end of the school year, the Hyde Park boys baseball team remained positive and had a ball yesterday afternoon at Ross Field.

While two of the three schools that make up the Hyde Park Educational Complex — the Engineering School and the Social Justice Academy — will close next year due to poor test scores the complex’s third school — Community Academy of Science and Health — doesn’t have a player on the team.

Coach Moe Gomez also says even if the school fields a team next year he won’t return for his ninth year leading the program.

“It’s hard for most of us, we’re just trying to make it a fun season, a season to remember,” senior captain Chris Baez said after the 15-4 loss to Somerville, which won’t count against Hyde Park’s record.  “It feels very good to know I played all four years. I’m just trying to finish off this year and trying to be a good role model for the team to have a good season.”

After spotting Somerville (4-2) five runs in the opening inning, Hyde Park managed to get two runs back in their half of the inning.

“It was very encouraging starting up a rally,” said Baez, who drew two walks, scored two runs and collected one hit. “It always helps to build confidence for the whole game.”

But Hyde Park didn’t score again till the fifth inning, when Baez crossed home plate for the second time, and they added their final run the following inning. The home team finished with eight hits.

“We have good communication and good chemistry, just a little more BP would be good for us,” said Baez, who will play for Western Oklahoma State College next year.

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Eastie looks to payback Newton South

Slideshow provided by Ken Guittarr

The East Boston baseball team now has another big reason to defeat Newton South on the opening day of the third annual First Priority Credit Union Strike Out Cancer Tournament on May 21 at East Boston Stadium.

“We’re going for the payback,” Jets’ junior slugger Marvin Depaz said after a 26-3 loss to Newton South this morning at East Boston Stadium. “We’re not gonna slack off with that team. We already know what they are made of.

“If we sleep on them they are gonna put up big scores on us.”

Eastie coach Phil Brangiforte and his father-in-law, Jets hockey coach Robert Anthony, founded the tournament three years ago after Brangiforte’s wife was diagnosed with colon cancer. She had surgery at Boston Medical Center shortly after delivering their fifth child and is now in remission. Anthony’s wife’s breast cancer was in remission for 11 years but recently spread to her bones. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

The two-day tournament — which features East Boston, Malden, Newton South and Revere — has already raised $7,500 for colon cancer research at BMC and hopes to collect another $3,000 to $5,000 this year.

“Boston Medical saved her life so I have to give back,” Brangiforte said. “This is a way for myself and my family and team to give back.”

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O’Bryant romps Randolph

By Evan Freedman

BPSsports Correspondent

On the back of a standout performance by left handed ace Stanley Pena, O’Bryant soared past Randolph this morning at Madison Park in Roxbury.  The junior hurler worked six innings of two-hit ball, striking out 10 along the way.

“I felt good,” he said after the 16-4 victory. “The curveball was working for me.  That’s what kept us in the game.”

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BPS runners hit Back Bay roads

With the eight city and town along the Boston Marathon’s 26.2-mile course each represented by two runners in today’s third annual Boston Athletic Association Scholastic Invitational Mile, Robert Finch noted how stiff the suburban competition was after clocking a time of 5 minutes and 20.2 seconds to finish 15th.

“I didn’t finish last,” said the Boston Latin Academy junior from West Roxbury. “Although I wasn’t the best guy I’m the Boston guy.”

He wasn’t the only Boston guy, however.  Boston Latin senior Nick D’Agostino finished in 12th place with a time of 5:06.6.

“I haven’t done a lot of speed work this season but it was still cool to come out here and be part of the Marathon,” said the Jamaica Plain resident who will run cross country and track for Colby College next year.

D’Agostino’s teammate, Kathleen Mello, participated in the girls race and finished 13th with a time of 5:47.4. Mello qualified for All-States this winter in indoor track after setting a personal best in the mile (5:22) but had to sit out due to injury.

“I was just looking to go out and get back into racing,” said Mello, who finished sixth in the event last year and hopes to walk onto the Northeastern track team next year. “Right now I’m just getting back into track. I knew I wouldn’t put in an all out effort. I’m just getting back the feel.”

Like Finch, Mello also lays her head in West Roxbury, home to the Corrib 5K.

“That’s my favorite race,” Finch said of the race that convinced him to pursue high school track. “It’s a great community experience. Everyone in the whole town roots you on and I love all the free food even though I’m so tired I don’t want to eat it.”

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International edged by St. Clement’s

By Evan Freedman

BPSsports Correspondent

SOMERVILLE — Boston International couldn’t overcome a shaky first inning, and fell to St. Clement’s, 5-4, Friday afternoon at Trum Field in Somerville.

International (1-0 conference, 1-3 overall) allowed seven of the first eight batters on base (three scored), but got out of the inning thanks to a nifty 1-2-3 double play.

St. Clements (1-1 conference, 2-2 overall) would need those runs as the Knights mounted a seventh inning rally.  Left fielder Eury Carrasco doubled to lead off the inning, followed by a strike out and a pinch hit walk. St. Clement’s pitcher John Foley (seven innings, eight strike outs) then balked, sending the runners into scoring position with one out.  International, who had four hits on the day, could not push across the runners.

“We didn’t capitalize on our opportunities,” said International Coach Christian Irizarry. “Our pitcher did well, but he didn’t get enough support.”

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English falls to Cambridge Rindge & Latin

English High pitcher Nelson Barreiro tossed six strikeouts in a loss to Cambridge Rindget & Latin

By Justin A. Rice and Evan Freedman

CAMBRIDGE—Two days after knocking off the defending league champions, Madison Park, English High dropped a non-league game on Friday afternoon to Cambridge Rindge & Latin at St. Peter’s Field.

“Yeah it was a tough one, these guys are a tough team in a tough league,” English High coach Rich Glynn said after the 15-0 loss. “We just haven’t got our bats going yet. It’s tough to go down three in the first inning. We had a chance to get a couple runs and we didn’t get anything and that’s kind of tough. We were right there for a little bit we just didn’t make enough hits and enough plays.”

In the opening inning senior shortstop Kevin Luciano drilled a three-run homer to centerfield to give Cambridge (2-0) a 3-0 advantage before they added four more runs in the third inning.

English’s offense also showed some promise in the third but ended up stranding right fielder Frander Baez on third base after recording two hits in the frame. In the following inning the Bulldogs once again left a man, Bryanne Toney, on third before fizzling out of the inning.

English (1-2 ) was flying high going into the game after defeating back-to-back city champions Madison Park, 3-2, on Wednesday thanks to Hansel Jiminez tossing a two hitter from the mound.

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