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.
Starting pitcher, Nelson Barreiro, finished the game with six strikeouts in five innings, including the heart of the Falcons’ lineup in the fourth inning. Barreiro even struck out Luciano — who hit the three-run homer on him three innings earlier.
“I feel good because the team helped me out to strike him out so I felt happy for taking him out,” Barreiro said through a translator. “We just have to come back and work hard.”
English plays one more non-league game against Malden on Monday before returning to league play with a game on Wednesday against West Roxbury.
“We have to beat the guys in our division,” Glynn said. “We’ll be alright.”
Glynn said he has a few players who are currently academically ineligible but almost ready to return.
“They’ve been working hard to get their grades up,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Evan Freedman is a volunteer ESL teacher for adults at English High. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org