By Evan Freedman
JAMAICA PLAIN — Madison Park advanced to Monday’s city championship game after shutting out South Division Champs O’Bryant on Saturday at English High. MP only made the semifinals after last night’s game against Brighton was shortened due to darkness.
The Cardinals took advantage of the good break. Having played seven games in eight days, pitching duties fell on spot starter David Mercado. The usual outfielder was mostly flawless on the mound as he went the distance in the 10-0 win.
“He pitched lights out,” said MP coach Michael Viggiano. “Not only did he save arms, he came up big in the most important game of the season.”
Mercado did not know he was pitching until this morning. Once he got the call, he was ready to go.
“I felt great,” he said after the game. “I couldn’t wait to get out there.”
Sure handed short stop William Miranda got things going with a HR in the first, and Madison never looked back. Mercado and the team are looking forward to Monday’s clash against North Division Chamnpion West Roxbury.
“We’ll be ready,” said Mercado. “We’ll go out there and play Madison Park baseball.”
O’Bryant’s season ended but its season was still a successful one. The Tigers grew by leaps and bounds after winning just two games all of last season.
“We’re a young team; we’ll be back,” said coach Matthew Grogan. Grogan was congratulatory toward their neighborhood rivals. “Give credit to MP, they’re tough.”
Madison Park will play West Roxbury in the city championship game at 11 a.m. Monday morning at English High.