Boston Latin opened up the fifth annual Strike Out Colon Cancer tournament with a blow out win over East Boston on Saturday.
Every single player in the Latin line up got on base in the 20-1 win. Two players even went the distance in East Boston’s home field; Patrick Fahy with an inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning and senior captain Malcolm Nachmanoff with a grand slam in the sixth.
“Everything clicks,” Nachmanoff said. “We get some good at bats, people on base, we get to the middle of our line up and we just came through today.”
The score in no way reflected how tight the game was for the first four and a half innings; it was just a 1-run game. However, after East Boston couldn’t capitalize with the bases loaded in the fourth and came out of the inning with just one run, Latin showed just how powerful they can be.
The Wolfpack scored 11 total run in the fifth inning and 8 runs in the sixth.
“The kids came up big and they make me look good when they have these big hits,” coach Rene Gauthier said.
Even though the coach was all smiles that his team would advance to play the winner of the Newton South-Malden game, which followed right after the first game of the tournament, he knew the win came secondary to the cause.
“I couldn’t believe that [East Boston] coach [Phil Brangiforte] was trying to put together this tournament, it like screamed to me,” said Gauthier, whose father died from colon cancer when he was 12-years-old. “I got to be a part of that. I got to try and help him and raise some money and more than the money, raise awareness for my kids and my kids’ families.”
Brangiforte, whose wife was diagnosed with colon cancer five years ago, said that in the five years he’s been running the tournament, $17,000 has been raised for Boston Medical Center. So far, $2,000 has been raised from this year’s tournament.
“It’s tough when you run a tournament like this because when you host it it’s almost like, we hate to say it, but the baseball is secondary,” Brangiforte said. “The main focus is to raise money and try to find a cure for colon cancer.”
The consolation game of the Strike Out Colon Cancer tournament is set to begin tomorrow at noon with the championship game following at 3 pm.
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