There were two outs in the top of the seventh inning and Fenway had two men in scoring position as a result of freshman Keith Foster’s double.
Burke pitcher Justin Davis had a comfortable 3-run lead but Fenway had proven they could gain momentum quickly. They had gotten the best of him in the same situation earlier in the game on multiple occasions.
“I pulled him aside and I told him that sometimes in some situations, pitchers have to block out everything and everybody and all [you] have to see is that mitt,” Burke coach Paul Duhaime said.
He saw the mitt.
Thanks to a beautiful curveball, Davis struck out senior Adonis Alcantara, sealing the 18-15 Burke win on Wednesday afternoon at Ronan Park. The win broke a 22-game losing streak that goes back to April 11, 2012.
“He got a little scared like it was going to hit him and I had a feeling it was going to drop for a strike,” Davis said while sporting his Red Sox hat. The Bull Dogs, now 8 games in to the season, have still yet to receive their team hats.
“It’s not right for our young people, for a varsity baseball team in the city of Boston, to not have hats. It’s just inexcusable,” Duhaime said. “It’s just not the way it should be.”
Despite needing bring hats from his home so that at least some of his players could have complete uniforms, Duhaime remained optimistic after the back and forth game. Burke was either tied or losing to Fenway until the bottom of the sixth inning.
“Often it’s not about baseball,” Duhaime said. “It’s being here on time, working together, perseverance, being up, being down, being up, being down and then battling a really good team that we haven’t beaten in 3 or 4 years.”
Fenway had a 14-11 lead going in to the bottom of the sixth inning. Burke senior Eric Perez got the scoring going when he hit a two-run RBI single with the bases loaded, bringing home freshman Wayne Harper and senior Anderson Raymond. Perez went 5-5 on the day with three singles and two doubles.
Fenway senior Eddie Santos then walked home the next five batters to open the game up. However, coach Dave Walsh pointed at a different reason for the loss.
“Defense is a killer, we make about five, six errors, physical errors, in a game and about a million mental errors. We’re just physically and mentally not prepared to play baseball everyday and we work on it in practice,” Walsh said.
While Davis agreed that he always has fun playing baseball, he said that leaving the diamond with a win felt a little different.
“My girlfriend goes to Fenway so I get to brag about it,” Davis said. “As soon as I’m on my way home.”
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