Southie tops English

By Evan Freedman

BPSsports Correspondent

JAMAICA PLAIN — South Boston held off a late charge by Boston English on Friday afternoon at English High.  Southie’s catcher Sean Provenzano had a big day, collecting three hits, including a triple that led to the game winning runs, to go along with five RBI.
“Sean came up big for us,” Southie coach Victor Pereira said after the team’s 8-6 victory.  “He and (pitcher) Algenis Vargas made up a great battery.”
Down four in the bottom of the seventh, English (2-5) rallied, loading the bases with no outs.  Vargas got catcher-turned-pitcher Bryanne Tonney out on a fly ball to center.  First baseman Miguel Calderon followed with an RBI single up the middle and Juan Colon brought in a runner with a sac fly to center field.  Vargas then coolly shut the door on the potential tying run with the last of his 11 strike outs. 

Southie (6-5) took command of the game late, scoring four in the fifth by way of five hits and a run scoring error.  They added two in the sixth on RBI hits by cleanup hitting first baseman Frederick O’Brien and Provenzano.  Vargas led off the inning with a wall ball triple to right. 
Although he went 2-4 and reached base three times, Vargas said his main focus wasn’t his offensive numbers. 

“When it’s my day to pitch, I concentrate on throwing strikes and pitching well.  But I picked the ball up well at the plate, which helped the team.”
Next up for Southie  is a home game against Central Division rival Hyde Park at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at King Field.  English will travel to Madison Park at 3:30 p.m. Monday for a key North Division matchup.

Evan Freedman is a volunteer ESL teacher for adults at English High. He can be reached at


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