Neither rain nor fourth-ranked Peabody could stand in the way of Beverly’s baseball team qualifying for the Division 2 tournament on Wednesday at Beverly. The Panthers all but silenced the Tanners’ bats on the back of pitcher Alex Toomey and won, 6-1.
Toomey pitched a complete game for Beverly (10-4), striking out six and giving up the lone Tanner run on an error. With the victory, the senior captain improved to 4-1 on the season and threw just 70 pitches to earn the win.
“To beat Peabody, [which] is an excellent team, you’ve got to play well in all phases of the game,” said Panthers coach Dave Wilbur. “They’re tough to beat . . . Alex was awesome, he was on his game. The thing with Alex today was he threw his breaking ball for strikes and had control of his fastball.”
Toomey also helped himself at the plate, going 3 for 3 with a home run. After a 30-minute rain delay, Toomey hit a solo shot off Pat Ruotolo to start the second inning. After the homer, Ruotolo came out of the game because of an uncomfortable feeling in his throwing arm, according to Peabody coach Mark Bettencourt.
“Pat told me before he went out his arm wasn’t feeling really cherry. During the [rain delay], I knew it was going to be an issue . . . We’re not going to take chances with him. He’s too important to our team,” Bettencourt said.
Brandon Butcher took the mound in relief for Peabody (13-2) and was able to keep Beverly’s hitters silent for some time with his curveball. It was in Butcher’s final inning that the Panthers’ bats came alive.
With the score tied, 1-1, going into the bottom of the sixth, Toomey led off with a single that sparked the five-run inning. John Burchoff drove his pitcher in with a double before being driven in himself by Harry Brown, who hit a two-run single. Anthony DiOrio blew the game open with a two-run home run.
“I feel at times we can be as good as anybody in the league but you have to prove it,’’ Wilbur said. “This is a big win for us because you want to try to play the best ball at the end of the year.”
Brockton 4, Xaverian 2 — Junior Mark Barrows struck out three and tossed a complete game in his first varsity start for the Boxers.
Middlesex 6, Roxbury Latin 5 — Freshman third baseman Kai Long hit a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh for the Zebras (3-7).
Scituate 5, North Quincy 2 — Senior center fielder Connor Gibbons hit a three-run homer on the first pitch in the bottom of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie.
Billerica 4, Dracut 2 — Senior righthander Dillon Lavery struck out nine and improved to 5-0 for the Indians.
Arlington Catholic 3, Matignon 1 — Senior lefthander Evan Walsh pitched 6⅔ innings for the Cougars (10-4), striking out seven and allowing three hits.
Medford 4, Cambridge 3 — Senior Jake Porrazzo hit a two-run homer to break a tie as the Mustangs improved to 11-3. Junior Ryan Covelle picked up the win while senior John Lavoie pitched two perfect innings to earn the save.
Newton North 6, Wellesley 4— Alex Joyce had four RBIs and Ben Porter had four hits for the Tigers.
Braintree 7, Natick 6— Scott Strachan pitched four innings in relief to pick up the win for the No. 13 Wamps (8-3).
Boys’ volleyballSt. John’s Prep 3, BC High 0 — Zack Burt had 10 kills to lead the Prep (14-3).
Newton South 3, Boston Latin 0 — Senior outside hitter Robin Kurosawa recorded six kills to power the Lions (14-1).
O'Bryant 3, Madison Park 1 — Sophomore setter Thomas Kulsh had 15 assists to go along with two kills and two serving aces.
Arlington 3, Acton-Boxboro 2 — Robert Lin had 22 assists and Sky Segal-Wright had four blocks and eight kills for the Spy Ponders (8-7).
Newton South 6, Lincoln-Sudbury 0 — Freshman pitcher Kim-An Quinn pitched a one-hitter, striking out 14, to qualify the Lions (10-3) for the postseason for the first time in six years.
Georgetown 2, Triton 1 — The Royals (10-3) clinched a spot in the state tournament for the first time in five years thanks to strong pitching from Danielle Quercia, who picked up the win after tossing a three-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks.
Foxboro 4, Stoughton 1 — Baylee DaCosta went 3 for 3, Eva Mazzoni went 2 for 3 and Brenna Connelly picked up the win for the Warriors (4-10).
Newton North 14, Wellesley 1 — Freshman Gabby Vachon threw a two-hitter for the Tigers (11-3), and added a triple and three RBIs at the plate.
Norwood 9, Needham 5 — Kelly Duggan went 2 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs to boost the Mustangs (11-3).
Weymouth 11, Milton 9 — Freshman Emily Cronin finished 4 for 5 with two home runs, four RBIs, and four runs scored for the Wildcats (8-5).