Saturday, May 26, 2018

Torosian Slams the Door, Marengi Knocks In Five to Give Lynnfield Marquee Win over Belmont

By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

Belmont, Mass. – Hanging on by a thread, Nick Torosian refused to let a marquee win for Lynnfield slip through the cracks. 

On top of Belmont, 7-6, in the bottom of the seventh, the Lynnfield saw the Marauders load the bases with two outs without the benefit of a hit. In to close it out, Torosian fell behind Belmont’s Connor Dacey but battled back to strike him out on a 2-2 sinker to give Lynnfield a 7-6 win over Belmont on Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the Brendan Grant Memorial Baseball Tournament at Belmont High School.
Lynnfield's Fernando Gonzalez was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Gonzalez went 2-for-4 on Saturday with a double and an RBI. 

“The kids played great defense,” said Lynnfield coach John O’Brien. “(Belmont) swings it. We love coming to this tournament ever year. Nick (Torosian) came in and shut the door. He’s a senior, worked hard all year, and I am proud of him.”

Torosian, who pitched the last three innings of relief, commented on staying focused on the one batter in front of him.

“I really had to zone in, just relax, and not consider how important the game is,” said Torosian. “Going into the state tournament we need this type of momentum.” 

Following the Pioneers’ 1-0 win over Burlington on Saturday in which Gonzalez threw a complete game shutout, O’Brien was hoping for a better offensive showing at the plate on Saturday.

Lynnfield (15-4) did just that from the outset. 

Jonathon Luders and Matthew Fiore led off with singles, and Cooper Marengi clobbered a 3-2 fastball well over the fence in right centerfield to give Lynnfield an early 3-0 lead.

“This morning when I hit batting practice, it was not a great round,” Marengi. “I’ve been slumping a bit so I tried to be aggressive. I missed one I liked earlier in the count but once I hit it, I knew it was well gone.”

Belmont grabbed two of those runs right back in the home half of the frame when Ryan Noone belted a two run shot to right to pull the Marauders within 3-2.

Both Lynnfield starter Jaret Simpson and Belmont hurler Martin Martintchev settled in over the next two innings before the Pioneers offense came back to life in the top of the fourth.

Daniel Jameson doubled, moved over to third on a sacrifice but, and came home to score on consecutive fielding errors to make it 4-2 Lynnfield.

Two batters later, with a pair in scoring position and two out, Maregni came through with the key hit of the game lining a two run single into right to extend the Pioneers’ lead to 6-2.

A Gonzalez RBI double made it 7-2 Lynnfield after three and a half.

“I think we only had six hits yesterday so we were hoping to get a little more production and we did,” said O’Brien. “That was a blast off Cooper’s bat. The other guys followed suit. I am very happy with the way we came out.”

The Marauders slowly chipped away. In the bottom of the fourth they got a run back on a
Dacey RBI groundout and in the fifth loaded the bases with nobody out. Torosian, just into the game, induced a 6-4-3 double play before striking out Noone to evade trouble.

In the sixth the Marauders got to Torosian for three runs capped off by an RBI single off the bat of Martinchev to pull Belmont within 7-6. On the mound, meanwhile, Marauders reliever Steve Rizzuto retired the Pioneers 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh sending Torosian back to the mound nursing just a one run lead.

“We’ve got one more regular season game before we go right into the tournament so hopefully we finish on a good night,” said O’Brien.

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