By Evan Freedman
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.”
International pitcher, junior Alfred Nunez went the distance, surrendering five hits while striking out four batters but fielding mistakes were the team’s undoing.
“Our defense didn’t do its job,” Irizarry said. “A couple of miscues cost us the game.”
The offensive standout for the Knights was third baseman Welly Sanchez, who doubled off the wall in the sixth and collected a pair of RBI on the day.
International will enjoy Spring Break before playing another non-conference game at 3:30 p.m. on April 25 at Randolph High.
Evan Freedman is a volunteer ESL teacher for adults at English High. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org