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.
“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.”
Brighton (1-5, 0-3) got within one run of Madison Park after scoring two in the third inning but gave up Miranda’s second home run an inning later. Brighton got a two-run homer of its own in the fifth inning but it was too little too late.
“What hurt us was how they put people on in front of the home runs,” Brighton Coach Bill Mahoney said, adding that it will be tough for his team to return to cities this year. “We have three loses in front of us.”
Brighton plays Latin Academy at 3 p.m. at Town Field tomorrow while Madison Park plays West Roxbury at 3 p.m. on Friday at West Roxbury.
“It’s very big because we’ve been on a losing streak,” Miranda said. “It’s a city game in our division so we have to get these. Our bats are coming. We’re hitting the ball right now. This will be a good game to get our streak going.”