BROCKTON — Back on Saturday May 3, when Newton North bested Catholic Memorial, 4-0, sophomore outfielder Thomas Joyce told the Globe, “I want Bridgewater-Raynham. I want to see how good their pitchers really are.”
After the Tigers rallied past Silver Lake ,8-5, in the Super 8 at Rox Stadium on Sunday, Newton North will have that chance against the Trojans in the inaugural tournament’s semifinals, tentatively scheduled for Thursday.
“We’ve been waiting for it all year, it’s our chance,” senior catcher Alex Joyce, Thomas’s older brother, said on Sunday. “They’re the defending state champs, but we’ve got them this year, I think. We’re coming for them. We’re ready for Thursday.”
The Tigers overcame a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning to knock off the Lakers.
Newton North scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 3 before blowing the game open with a four-run sixth inning to take a 7-3 lead.
“We just have resilience,” Alex Joyce said. “We knew we were going to get them. It was just quality at-bats and when they went to their bullpen, we know our bullpen is the best in the state. That helps a lot.”
Thomas Joyce started off the game-changing sixth inning by getting hit by a pitch before junior shortstop Christian Cox sacrificed him to second. Next, sophomore shortstop Eric Mah singled to move Joyce over to third and leadoff man Ben Porter singled to score Joyce and move Mah to third. Senior second baseman John Little then singled to center, loading the bases. Alex Joyce singled one at-bat later, scoring Mah and advancing Porter to third and Little to second. Batting cleanup, senior first baseman Kevin Alexy flied out to deep center, plating Porter. The Tigers tacked on one more run with senior designated hitter Mike Barbieri’s RBI-single, his first hit of the tournament, that scored Little. Alexy’s sac-fly proved to be the winning run.
“We have a lot of kids that sometimes don’t look so good, and then all of a sudden, ‘bang!’” head coach Joe Siciliano said.
After the Lakers scored two in the top of the seventh off relievers Spencer Anderson and Theo Resnick, senior righty Dylan Sbordone came on for a five-out save in top of the eighth inning. Sbordone hit the first batter he faced, but forced the next batter into a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play and retired all three batters in order in the ninth. Sbordone has thrown in all three days of the Tigers’ Super 8 thus far.
“I’m more tired than sore,” Sbordone said. “I just went out there and let the defense behind me make the plays.”
Newton North will face No. 3 Bridgewater-Raynham in the Super 8 semifinals. The game is tentatively scheduled for Thursday with no set location.