Rozak, Eagles move on
QUINCY — The last time Plymouth North won a Division 2 South sectional title, junior pitcher Alex Rozak was a freshman, but he said he felt as if he was just there for the ride.
Last night however, Rozak carried the Eagles to their third sectional title in four years as he tossed a shutout and struck out 12 as Plymouth North beat Somerset, 2-0.
“When I was a freshman I was part of the team, but I felt like I didn’t do anything,’’ Rozak said. “But today it was huge. I was hitting my locations — every pitch was working. When I ran into trouble I began to lose focus, but then it all came back to me.’’
The righthander wasn’t in trouble often, as only two Somerset batters reached second base – one in the first inning and one in the fourth.
But Rozak battled back in the first, fanning juniors Alex Kineavy and Adam Ledoux to get out of the jam. In the fourth, junior Connor Smith grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
“Rozak was nasty,’’ Plymouth North coach Dwayne Follette said. “That’s the best game he’s ever thrown. He’s had games like that and then tired in the end, but he just finished tonight – it was great.’’
Senior catcher Matt Walsh provided all the run support Rozak needed with a single to center field to bring home senior Zach Zaniboni in the first inning, followed by an RBI sacrifice fly to bring home Zaniboni again in the third.
“I knew Alex was on in the first inning, he was throwing gas,’’ Walsh said. “I knew it was going to be a close game so once [Zaniboni] got on, I knew it was big to get that run in.’’
Plymouth North (20-3) will face Division 2 North winner North Andover (23-1) tonight. Somerset finished 17-6.
“We’re excited about the win, but we’re on to bigger and better things,’’ Follette said. “That was big to have Rozak go the whole way, because now we have the rest of our staff ready and we’re going to need it against North Andover, they’re a great team.’’