Peabody baseball coach Mark Bettencourt challenges his team with a difficult nonleague schedule to see how his players measure up. This season he figured there’d be no better way to assess his squad than by opening on the road against Xaverian — the defending Division 1 state champion.
Bettencourt could not have asked his team for a better start, as the Tanners beat the Hawks, 3-2, Wednesday in Norwood.
“It couldn’t have been a happier bus ride home for us,” Bettencourt said. “The kids were excited, and this was a big win for us. One of our goals was to beat Xaverian, and being able to knock them off gives the team confidence.”
Sophomore Ryan Collins made his first varsity start at shortstop and delivered timely hits. when it mattered most. In the top of the sixth inning with the game tied 1-1, Collins drove a two-out single up the middle off Adam Chochrek, scoring Steven Leavett and George Tsonis for a 3-1 Peabody lead.
“Collins made an error in the fifth inning with two runners on base,” Bettencourt said. “And he made up for any doubt that he couldn’t handle it mentally and delivered.”
Junior Andrew Mclaughlin pitched five innings for the Tanners and was relieved by David Apostolides.
Xaverian scored off Apostolides to make it 3-2, but Collins turned in a big play to halt the Hawks’ comeback. With the tying run on third, A.J. King grounded a slow roller to short, and Collins charged in and made a running throw to get King at first and preserve the lead.
Brookline 6, Needham 1 — Junior outfielder Irvin Kantardzik hit a grand slam in the bottom of the third to spark the Warriors.
Cathedral 23, Fenway 1 — The Panthers opened their season in style, led by the hitting of freshman Steven German (2 for 3, 4 RBIs) and the pitching of sophomore Francisco Napolitano, who went five innings and struck out 12.
Cambridge 11, Boston English 0 — Ted Downing picked up the win after striking out eight and allowing only two hits in five innings for the Falcons (1-0).
Marshfield 8, Scituate 4 — Senior righthander Frank Lemieux recorded five strikeouts, and allowed three runs in five innings to lead the Rams (1-1).
Boston International 17, New Mission 3 — Junior Perdomo went 3 for 4 with three RBIs to lead the Lions (2-0).
Norton 27, Cathedral 0 — Lancers junior Jess Pieterson pitched a no-hitter, striking out 14. Pieterson also went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs.
Barnstable 2, Brockton 1 — Haley Levesque picked up the win for the Shamrocks (1-0) after allowing four hits in 5⅓ innings.
East Boston 15, Boston International 2 — In five innings, Stephanie Rizzo struck out 10, allowing only one earned run.
Franklin 13, Sharon 6 — Jake Sargeant had four goals and three assists and Kyle Finnamore also scored four goals for the Panthers.
Archbishop Williams 17, St. Mary’s 5 — Senior attacker Meg Kiley scored five goals and senior Blaine Baker added three goals and three assists to lead the Bishops (3-0).