When Braintree, the 13th-ranked baseball team, allowed Weymouth to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, the Wamps didn’t give in.
And in the tightest spot of the game — the top of the 13th inning — Wamps coach Bill O’Connell had just the right player stride up to the plate. Sophomore Connor Columbus executed a “perfect” suicide squeeze, bunting the ball softly down the first-base line. Senior Alex Alexander, who led off the inning with a single before stealing second and reaching third on an error, scored the go-ahead run as the Wamps collected a 5-2 win at Weymouth.
“[Connor] is a football player, too, so we know he’s mentally tough,” said O’Connell. “He could handle that [suicide squeeze] situation. In the biggest spot, Connor came up. It was a great bunt on the grass.”
O’Connell was proudest of his two pitchers. Freshman Scott Creedon didn’t give up a run until the ninth. He allowed eight hits and struck out five. Sophomore lefthander Scott Strachan, who was promoted from junior varsity two weeks ago, came into a 2-2 game in the ninth and pitched shutout ball the rest of the way.
“[Strachan] did a fantastic job,” said O’Connell. “He has two wins and three saves in just two weeks on varsity.”
Plymouth South 7, Dennis-Yarmouth 0 — Cam Harold threw a complete game, striking out seven for the Panthers.
Natick 5, Framingham 0 — Senior captain Mike Dunlap threw a 10-inning complete game, with 14 strikeouts and one walk, in the shutout for the Red and Blue.
Arlington 5, Winchester 4 — Junior Seth Coiley went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run for the Spy Ponders.
Stoughton 3, Quincy 1 — Emily Cramer earned the win for the Black Knights, allowing six hits and striking out eight.
Coyle & Cassidy 7, Somerset Berkley 6 — The Warriors’ Kelsey Boarman went the distance in the 13-inning game to earn the win.
Dexter 13, Nobles 11 — Junior Patrick Frasier and senior Mitch Barrington combined for seven goals for Dexter.
Concord-Carlisle 17, Marblehead 8 — Senior Kate Wyeth scored five goals for the Patriots.