On a Friday afternoon that got as hot as 91 degrees, a red hot West Roxbury team hit past higher seeded Mystic Valley to advance to the second round of the 2013 MIAA state tournament.
“As soon as I got here, I told my team that we have to come out with the intensity, no matter what the weather is; raining, pouring or hot weather like today,” sophomore Ruel Delarosa said after the 10-4 win at Maplewood field.
Delarosa was one of the hitters in an incredibly productive top of the order for coach Clifton Wilson. The sophomore went 3 for 4 on the day with two singles and a triple.
The fifth-seeded West Roxbury added to a 1-0 lead over the fourth-seeded Mystic Valley in the third inning when Delarosa, Cesar Garcia, Brian Navarro and Chris Moreta had consecutive hits. While Delarosa was caught stealing, Navarro brought home Garcia on a triple for the second run of the game.
Moreta then brought Navarro home on a RBI double.
“They were the table setters and they were just terrific,” Wilson said. “They bring a lot of speed, a lot of contact ability and as we go, they go.”
The Raiders showed that speed in the sixth inning. After scoring two more runs in the fifth to make it 5-1, junior Jan Pereyra kept the offense going with a triple to start the inning.
Delarosa continued to electrify the outnumbered West Roxbury fans with a triple of his own to bring home Pereyra. After an RBI single by Garcia, Navarro hit the third triple of the inning to make it an 8-1 game.
Navarro’s 3 for 3 performance with two RBI triples impressed more than just his team.
“That kid is an all-around player,” Mystic Valley coach Ernie Ardolino said. “As far as defensively, offensively, he’ll really lead that team and I think they have a good shot to move on to the next round too.”
Aside from letting up three runs in the seventh inning, West Roxbury pitcher Sean Haugh performed well, letting up only one run through six innings to go along with five strikeouts.
“He likes to pitch in the hot weather so I told him today was a good day to let loose,” Delarosa said.
West Roxbury will try to let loose again on Sunday against Boston International at Fallon field on Monday at 4 pm.
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