Friday, June 22, 2018

MIAA Baseball: Final Thoughts From The 2018 Super Eight

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

Coming into the season, Zach Brown knew he had the team to make a run at a Super Eight berth. Franklin accomplished far more.

After a slow start, the Franklin offense caught fire down the stretch and a final record of 17-5 to go with non-league wins over Catholic Memorial and Walpole landed the Panthers their first Super Eight selection. 

In the tournament, the seventh-seeded Panthers played their best baseball of the season. Despite currently holding just one scholarship player in Fairfield commit Jake Noviello, Franklin knocked off the best that Massachusetts has to offer taking down No. 2 Wachusett and No. 3 St. John’s Prep before defeating four seed Central Catholic twice to take home the Super Eight crown.

“It’s really special when you get everyone to buy in,” said Franklin shortstop Alex Haba. “Whether that means you’re doing the charts, or the scorebook, or in charge of the pitcher’s bag, or playing in the infield everyone has to do their part. It’s really hard to find a team that is able to do that, but this year everyone bought in on doing what they’re supposed to, and it got us home.”

With the tournament now officially in the books, here are some closing thoughts and one gripe on this year’s Super Eight tournament.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

DeMattio and Sinacola Cap off Signature Year, North Attleboro Claims Div. 2 Crown

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

Lowell, Mass. – Zach DeMattio and Nick Sinacola capped off a record-setting year for North Attleboro in perfect fashion.

DeMattio went 2-for-2 with four RBIs and a pair of stolen bases while Sinacola twirled a complete game allowing no earned runs as North Attleboro took home the Division 2 State Title with a 4-3 win over Beverly on Thursday night at LeLachuer Park.

One season after missing the postseason altogether, DeMattio and Sinacola were the cornerstones of a Red Rocketeers team that thrived under first year coach Mike Hart. North Attleboro finished the season 21-2 with its only two losses coming to Super Eight champion Franklin and Mansfield.

PHOTO GALLERY: Archbishop Williams Punches Ticket to Div. 4 State Final

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

On Wednesday afternoon, Archbishop Williams advanced to the Div. 4 State Final with an 11-5 win over Hamilton-Wenham. 

The Bishops will take on Oxford, Saturday afternoon at 12pm in the Div. 4 State Title game at Holy Cross. Before then, however, take a look at some sweet shots from our very own Eamon Convey (@ConveyWEEI). You can click on any photo to launch a full gallery. 

Needham Makes Program History, Advances to Div. 1 State Final

By John McGuirk (@Patsfan1313)

Brockton, Mass. - In spite of a lack of baseball history, it seemed to not matter to Needham or Boston Latin. The fact that both schools were in this position is what it was all about.

As evident Wednesday evening, parity at his level has become a welcomed sight as two schools worked their way up the ladder to reach the Div. 1 state semifinals for the first time in program history. 

With each program waiting an entire history to get to this plateau, only one moved on to Saturday'schampionship finale as Needham built an early lead and held on late en route to a 6-3 over Boston Latin at Campanelli Stadium. 

Dover-Sherborn Holds off Grafton for Spot in D3 Final

By Ryan Bowman (@itsryanbowman)

Bolton, Mass. - In the seemingly annual tradition, Grafton and Dover-Sherborn met in the D3 State Tournament for the fourth straight year.

Led by freshman Pierce Gregory’s five goals, the Raiders ultimately prevailed 15-11 and earned the right to take on Cohassett in the Division 3 State Championship on Saturday afternoon at Boston University.