Just as Brighton started to gain a little momentum in its game against Boston English on a beautiful Monday afternoon, English coach Ricardo Figueroa’s team showed just how good its offense can be.
“We are a great team, they are a great team, but we beat them," said English junior Miguel Lorenzo after his team's 15-4 win. "We are better. One thing we all have is that we are all one team. We are together."
The Bengals scored two runs in the fourth inning after English had led, 6-1, through three. The life in Brighton’s dugout was apparent, and momentum began to shift.
They kept it going in the fifth when sophomore Jonathan Gonzalez came home on an RBI single by junior Jairo Veras. It looked as though the Bengals would cut further into the lead when English’s Nelson Barreiro walked sophomore Ramon Morales with two outs.
However, with runners on first and third, Barreiro got out of the inning with a strikeout and the lead remained 6-4.
From there, it was all English. In the bottom of the fifth, with a man on first, Lorenzo hit a triple to deep right field. He already had doubled in the second inning.
“That was great hitting by him, hit the ball in the gap and cleared the bases," said Figueroa. "That changed the attitude and everyone started to hit the ball good. It changed the momentum.”
English went on to score two more runs in the fifth and sealed the game with a six-run sixth. Juniors Frankely Gonzalez, Miguel Calderon, and Barreiro had singles and Stanley Vargas showed his strength with a ground-rule double.
Brighton just couldn’t overcome its error-filled performance.
“We’re looking for a big, big tent to put around the circus that we put on today,” coach Bill Mahoney said. “When you can’t catch the ball and you throw to the wrong bases and you get picked off and you make all kinds of mental mistakes, you don’t expect to win.”
About Boston Public Schools Sports BlogMore »
- Justin A. Rice -- A metro Detroit native, Rice is a Michigan State University (Go Spartans!) and Northeastern University graduate. Rice lives in the South End with his dog and wife, who unfortunately attended the University of Michigan ... his wife, that is. He curates the BPS Sports Blog and is always looking to write about city athletes with great stories. Have an idea? He can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.
- Ryan Butler -- A Rhode Island native and avid Boston sports fan, Butler played basketball, baseball and football throughout his time in Barrington Public Schools. Now currently in his middler year at Northeastern University, he joins Boston.com as a correspondent for the site's BPS coverage. Have a story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on his Twitter @butler_globe.