Posted by Justin Rice May 8, 2012 07:00 PM
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<p class="caption">Dorchester senior pitcher Jeffrey Ramirez dominated Charlestown in a 5-inning mercy at Ryan Field on Tuesday afternoon.</p>
<p class="byline">By Justin A. Rice, Globe Correspondent</p>
<p>CHARLESTOWN — After being rained out twice this season, Dorchester didn’t mind playing through the raindrops Tuesday afternoon at Ryan Field. <br /><br />“Yeah, it was a nice day,” senior pitcher Jeffrey Ramirez said with a laugh after dominating Charlestown in an 11-1 game that ended after the five-inning mercy rule. </p>
<p>Ramirez struck out six batters and only gave up two hits and three walks in four innings. <br /><br />“We were worried from the start,” Ramirez said when asked if he thought the game would be played or canceled. “ I didn’t even know I was pitching today. It was a surprise as soon as I got on the bus. I’m always ready to pitch.”<br /><br />He was ready to hi,t too. Ramirez was 2 for 3 with a double and four RBIs. <br /><br />“He was a little front footed on most of his at-bats but he got the ball in play and that’s what we’re looking for,” Dorchester coach Rusty Young said. “With two strikes we have to put the ball in play more.”<br /><br />Dorchester scored three runs in the first inning courtesy of two doubles. First Ramirez’s double knocked in senior Paul Lewis and then freshman Jodhan Parmanand’s double scored Ramirez and senior Manuel Pizarro. <br /><br />Ramirez collected two more RBIs in the second inning.<br /><br />"I just hit the ball,'' he said. "That's what I do." <br /><br />Charlestown’s only run came in the third inning when sophomore shortstop Michael Ring was brought home by freshman outfielder Miguel Arias’s single. Senior first baseman Marquis Bailey was 1 for 2 nut not much else flew off the Townies bats all day.<br /><br />“We won [the City League South] conference last year and this year we have five freshman so it’s a whole different atmosphere,” Townies' second-year coach Matthew Sances said of his squad (3-5, 3-4)<br /><br />Senior pitcher Frank Rosabal took the loss after striking out four batters and giving up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings. Sances said Rosabal had a sore arm. <br /><br />"He usually carries us," he said. <br /><br />Dorchester defeated Charlestown, 3-2, last week despite leaving 14 men on base. Young said they were able to beat the Townies last week because sophomore pitcher Moises Beltre struck out 14.<br /><br />Now the Bears (4-5, 3-3) are looking forward to a rematch against league-leading Boston International, whicb beat Dorchester, 18-5, last month. Young said Dorchester probably can't catch Boston International in the standings because the Bears had to forfeit their first two victories of the season after it was determined that one of their pitchers was too old. Young said the pitcher did not get the appropriate waiver to play.<br /><br />But Young said his team can beat International next week. <br /><br />“If we play well and we play defense and we don’t walk a lot of guys and put balls in play, yeah I think we can," Young said. "I think we can compete. It will be a good game . It’s just matter of making sure all cylinders are firing defensively and we’re not walking guys; and when the ball is put in play we make the routine [out].” <em><br /><br />Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>. Follow him on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/GlobeJustinRice" target="_blank">@GlobeJustinRice</a> or <a href="http://twitter.com/BPSspts" target="_blank">@BPSspts</a>.</em></p>
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