After a late rainstorm forced a quick venue change, the Hingham High boys tennis team ran up lopsided scores in defeating Scituate High 4-1 in the MIAA South Sectional Division 2 semifinals Thursday.
Squaring off at the Scituate Racquet and Fitness Club, Hingham's No. 1 doubles team of senior co-captain Josh Port and junior John Alessi defeated Scituate's Mark Kuklis and Joe Koelsch 6-1 and 6-0.
The outcome was similar in the No. 2 doubles, as Hingham's Woody Roman and Pierson Butler beat Scituate's Aaron Krell and Drew Paganetti 6-2, 6-0.
"Our doubles started out slow, but they came back and elevated their game to win," Hingham head coach Ron Bartels said.
Hingham's dominance was also demonstrated in the No. 1 singles match between Scituate junior Greg Logue and Hingham freshman Conner Doyle.
They played with intensity and strategy that eventually put Doyle on top, winning two sets, 6-1, 6-0.
Doyle has been out due to injury for the past few weeks, but showed no ill effects in his straight-set victory over Logue, 6-1, 6-0. The win brought his record to 11-1 for the year, but unfortunately for Hingham, the talented freshman is moving to Connecticut next year.
The No. 2 singles match was a familiar sight for the two teams. Senior captains Harry Berton for the Sailors and Rohan Rau for the Harbormen have faced each other every year of high school, beginning with doubles.
"It is always fun to know your opponent," Berton said. "It changes the way you play."
Rau also finds playing Berton to be both a challenge and a joy. "We play very much the same way. So it becomes a challenge," he said. "It's always fun to play him."
And a friendly rivalry will continue next year as Rau will attend Boston College and Berton Northeastern.
The most unexpected outcome of the day was the match of Hingham's Reese Linton, who has been undefeated this season, and Scituate freshman Mike O'Donoghue. O'Donoghue won the match in a double tie-breaker, 7-5, 7-5.
Looking ahead, Hingham (21-1) will travel to Medway High School on Saturday to play top-seeded Sharon (19-0) for the South Division 2 championship.
Scituate, meanwhile, has been knocked out of the tournament several times by Hingham, but wrapped up a solid season (17-3) with ODonoghue's upset win in the final match.
"There is a lot of pride involved," Scituate head coach Mark McGuinness said.
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