By Evan Freedman
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 firstname.lastname@example.org