By Evan Freedman
SOUTH BOSTON — South Boston couldn’t answer Northeast’s quality pitching in the North Division 4 quarterfinal at King Field on Monday.
A disappointed home crowd watched as the 5-0 loss ended the Knight’s season at 11-8.
“The competition at this level is always good,” said head coach Victor Pereira. “A couple of mistakes made the difference. We just couldn’t hit this pitcher [Jason Harper].”
Harper was indeed dominant, giving up just two hits and striking out 12. The lanky junior surrendered a second inning double down the third base line by senior Robert Collins and a seventh inning single by catcher Sean Provenzano. But that was all the offense that Southie could muster.
Northeast (12-9) had just enough offense to spare off Southie starter, senior Algenis Vargas. Vargas struck out 10, but was tagged by the middle of the Northeast lineup. The 3-4-5-6 batters for Northeast went 6-12 with four RBI. Vargas’ defense didn’t pick him up; two Northeast batters reached on playable balls, and the Southie infield committed two costly errors.
Southie senior second baseman Brian Dunphy, who made a nice 4-2 double play in the sixth to keep it a three run game, was dejected after the game.
“I’m kind of upset right now,” he said. “We couldn’t hit or put anything in play. Our defense let us down today.”
On the other side of the Division 4 bracket O’Bryant lost 1-0 to Trinity Catholic on Monday.
Northeast moves on to the D4 North semifinals to play tournament surprise, bottom seeded Georgetown (8-14) at 4 p.m. Thursday at Lowell’s Alumni Field.
As for South Boston, their season ends on a frustrating note.
“It was a tough loss,” said first baseman Frederick O’Brien. “We had some bad losses this year. This was a bad one.”
Senior shortstop Jon Voong, who was instrumental this year at the top of the Southie lineup, summed it up best.
“It was a great season,” he said. “Our bats weren’t alive today, in the most important game of the season. There’s nothing more we could do.”