Posted by Justin Rice May 9, 2012 07:28 PM
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<p class="credit">Pavel Dzemianok for the Boston Globe</p>
<p class="caption">East Boston freshman infielder Stephanie Rizzo beats the throw to home on Tuesday afternoon at Madison Park. The Jets crossed home plate 19 times compared to the Cardinals eight runs.</p>
<p class="byline">By Justin A. Rice, Globe Correspondent</p>
ROXBURY -- After she scored a run in both the first and second inning on Wednesday afternoon, Nicolette D'Andrea was the only batter in East Boston's lineup that failed to cross home plate in an eight-run third inning that broke open the Jets' 19-8 victory at Madison Park.
In the second inning, D'Andrea's base hit brought home sophomore outfielder Hannah Lunetta to give East Boston the 3-2 edge. Then D'Andrea stole second and third before crossing home plate herself on an error.
But when East Boston (5-5, 3-0 Boston City League North) batted around in the third to go up 12-2, D'Andrea was picked off at second base.
No harm no foul. The senior second baseman finished the game with two hits, two sacrifice bunts and two RBIs.
''I guess you could say that,'' she said when asked if the third inning broke open the game. ''We kept bringing on the runs.''
Madison Park (5-4, 3-2) avoided the 10-run mercy rule by scoring five fifth-inning runs to cut the score to 13-7. And after the Jets added three more runs in the sixth, the Cardinals once again avoided the mercy by making the final out of the inning with bases loaded.
The sixth inning ended when Eastie freshman pitcher Danielle Elliott's short hit bounced back to senior catcher Betsy Maysonet, who then tagged freshman infielder Stephanie Rizzo out at home.
''We made a point of not letting it happen today,'' Madison Park coach Gladys Perez-Byrd said of the mercy rule. ''I told the girls 'We are home, we have to dig in and get some runs to make it go the full seven innings'.
''And they did that. They came through.''
Madison Park junior first baseman Krystal Edwards hit an inside-the-park home run in the final inning off a hard shot up the middle that went between the outfielders. It was her fourth home run in two games.
''I saw the hole, I was focused, zoned in and slammed it with all my might and just kept running,'' said White, who was 3 for 4 with three stolen bases. ''I couldn't have done it without my team.''
East Boston senior shortstop Mackenzie White almost had her own home run but it landed foul. She ended up getting a double on the at-bat, her second of the game.
''I was so mad at that one that landed foul,'' said White, who went 5 for 6 with six RBIs. ''At least I got another double.''
Elliott (3-4), the freshman pitcher, got the victory after fanning five batters.
Sitting atop the North conference, East Boston hopes to meet South conference leader,
Latin Academy, in the City Championships. In the Cities last year, Latin Academy scored seven runs in the final inning to beat East Boston, 7-6, in the title game. They beat the Jets again, 7-4, in the first round of the state tournament.
Thomas Elliott, who is in his 28th season as Eastie's coach, was more focused on the immediate before Wednesday's game. The Jets still have two more North conference games against O'Bryant and Fenway.
''The road to the championship runs through Madison Park,'' he said before the game. ''If we cross that line we gotta go through O'Bryant next week and then Fenway the week after that.''
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