O’Bryant used an early offensive onslaught to win the battle of Malcolm X Boulevard against Madison Park Friday.
The Tigers never looked back after scoring eight runs in the first inning on the way to a 13-3 blowout win.
“That was huge, because we kind of had an up-and-down season this year, so that eight-run inning kind of gave us more confidence in what we’re doing,” said sophomore Fernando Burgas.
All 10 players that saw action for O’Bryant were able to get on base. Christian Cabral (2 for 4 with two singles) and Rodinsky Baez (2 for 4 with a two-run double and a single) were two of four players on coach Theodore Curley’s roster to record multiple hits.
Burgas and junior Jose Vasquez each had three hits, Burgas going 3 for 4 with a two-run double, a double, and a single, and Vasquez going 3 for 3 with two singles and a two-run double.
“My guy Jose, I think he’s one of the best players in the league,” Curley said. “He’s a really strong kid, very focused, a pleasure to have him. I think him and Burgas have the ability to play college ball.”
O’Bryant’s Brandon Luiz, who was 1 for 4 with a walk, already has plans to play baseball at Fitchburg State next year.
For Madison Park, it was another game plagued by errors; three of the eight runs in the first inning came as a result of errors.
“One error and the floodgates open," said Madison Park coach Michael Viggiano. "That’s happened to us nine times this season where seven or more runs have been scored because of mental mistakes."
Curley, who teaches at Madison Park, knows what it means to be on short end of the final score.
“[They’re] nice kids, really great kids,” Curley said. “I felt bad for them today because they had an off day and everything went well for us, and believe me, we’ve been on the other side. We’ve had games when nothing has gone right.”
To O’Bryant’s avail, this was not one of those games.
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