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Bridgewater-Raynham edges Billerica in baseball

LYNN — Billerica coach Joe Higgins said the spirit of Tom Glavine was with the Indians in the Division 1 North final but it was not in Lynn Wednesday night. Bridgewater-Raynham took home the EMass Division 1 title, defeating Billerica, 5-2, at Fraser Field.

The Trojans grabbed the game’s first run on an error in the first before the Indians answered in the fourth with a score of their own. Coach John Kearney’s team did not take long to answer however, blowing the game open in the fifth with four runs.

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“To have a [four]-run lead, it felt like it was 50-1 really because I knew this would be a real tight game. To get those runs was incredible,” said Kearney.

The Trojans sent 10 batters to the plate and scored four runs before Billerica relief pitcher Dylan Lavery ended the inning. Lavery came in for Max Frawley, who left in the second with an injury.

Connor Sullivan led the charge for B-R in the fifth, starting the inning with an infield single. Sullivan added one of his three stolen bases before getting driven in by Tyler Glavin.

Brian McSherry and Corey Dinunno added RBIs in the fifth with a double and single, respectively.

“The kids came out and swung the bat against a good pitching staff. I’d have to say, McSherry’s big, bases-loaded gap hit was huge,” said the Trojans skipper.

Trojans starter Jack Connolly held the North champions in check, striking out six through six innings of work and gave up just one run. For his efforts, Kearney presented the pitcher with the game ball.

“He stepped up. He had been scuffling the last game or two . . . he gave us more than we really hoped,” Kearney said.

After Connolly exited in the seventh, Josh Monson and Andrew Noviello finished, allowing just one more run.

This season marked the Trojans’ first trip to the EMass final since 2003, when they were defeated by Malden Catholic, 2-1. It took a decade to get back to the final and that only makes the win that much sweeter for Kearney.

“It’s fantastic it really is. I’m ecstatic,’’ Kearney said. “I can’t tell you how happy I am. It’s incredible, it’s just a great feeling.”

Bridgewater-Raynham will face Nashoba Saturday in Lowell at LeLacheur Park for the Division 1 title.

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