Snowden shuts down Burke

Batting around in the second inning to collect six runs, Snowden High’s baseball team defeated the Burke 13-1 in a five-inning mercy today at Ronan Park.

“We got some hits, some timely hits,” Snowden Coach Dan Green said.

Snowden (4-5 overall, 3-3 in the league) was led by freshman third baseman Luis Medina, who had three RBI on three hits, including two doubles.

“He’s really starting to come on,” Green said of Medina, who lives in the South End. “His defense is getting better, he’s still working on it.”

Senior catcher Jancel Cardenas added three RBI on two hits, including a triple in the final inning.

“He hit the ball hard all day,” Green said of Cardenas, who hails from Hyde Park. “He’s really turning into a good hitter.”

The win also went to a freshman, Victor Velasquez (1-2), who had nine strikeouts and four walks.

“He’s one of the best athletes on the team,” Green said of the Dorchester native. “He can play anywhere. He’s one of the few left-handed catchers you’ll see but he catches well.”

Velasquez also helped his own cause with two hits and two RBI.

“It gives us a lot of courage and it will help us get these last five games,” Velasquez said. “It shows our team chemistry and how we play together.”

Velasquez said the hardest part of being a freshman pitcher is not knowing the opposing lineups.

“I’m a little shy,” he said. “I don’t know who can hit.”

Until Tuesday, Snowden, who plays Charlestown on Monday, was missing two players for disciplinary reasons.

“It does make a difference,” Green said. “We’re getting better toward the end of the year. The next five games will tell a lot. We’d just like to finish strong.”

Burke (0-8) was led by senior pitcher Tykent Rogers, who had seven strikeouts and scored the Bulldogs’ only run after being knocked in by Luis Rosario in the opening inning.

Burke will look for its first victory of the season against South Boston on Monday.

“We had some defensive lapses but they are trying and that’s what coach [Josh] Bordas and I try to emphasize every day,” Burke coach Paul Duhaime said. “That effort is critical whether it’s in the classroom or on the athletic field.  I’m extremely proud of this team this year.

Despite the lack of success on the field, Duhaime said his team hasn’t gotten down on each other all year.

“Often times it’s not about baseball,” he said when asked if his team can win a game this year. “It’s about working on common goals, respecting the game, respecting themselves and working as a team.”

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