By Evan Freedman
SOUTH BOSTON — South Boston catcher Sean Provenzano hit a towering grand slam over the left center field wall in the fifth to help Southie shut out visiting Madison Park this afternoon at King Field.
Provenzano said studying opposing pitcher Manny Garcia paid off in the 6-0 victory.
“I took a couple of pitches early,” Provenzano said. “I noticed they were tailing a little bit back over the plate. I got a pitch I liked, and I sat on it.”
Southie pitcher Algenis Vargas made sure the slam held up, as he held Madison to just five hits.
Southie coach Victor Pereira had high praise for Vargas, who struck out 12 and walked four.
“When he is in control, he’s tough to beat,” he said. “Today he threw strikes.”
Madison Park’s only offensive spark came from first baseman Kevin Arroyo. The junior managed three hits and two steals in the number nine spot in the lineup. Garcia’s performance was also notable for the Cardinals. The left hander struckout 14 but had control problems that hurt him in the decisive fifth.
The Knights third-straight victory improved them to 7-5 on the season. They look to continue their winning streak against Burke at 3:30 p.m. on Monday back at King Field. While Madison Park drops to 3-6 overall the Cardinals coach, Michael Viggiano, remained optimistic in defeat.
“We haven’t got our bats going, but when we do, watch out,” he said.
The Cardinals have a full week to heat up their bats, as they host O’Bryant at 3 p.m. next Friday at Madison Park.
Evan Freedman is a volunteer ESL teacher for adults at English High. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org