You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Six-run second lifts Braintree in Super 8 baseball playoffs

BROCKTON — Facing postseason elimination can put a team on edge. It’s not an enviable position for anyone, especially a senior facing what could be his final game.

But Braintree catcher Gino LaRossa liked the spot his team was in heading into Sunday’s Super 8 elimination game against Catholic Memorial.

Continue reading below

“We like the idea of that one-and-done,” said LaRossa, whose team fell to Silver Lake in the first game of the double-elimination tournament on Thursday. “Our backs are against the wall, we’ve got to claw our way back out. I think we like that approach. Honestly, I like that one loss. I like having to climb back out of that hole because you’ve got to give it your all every day.”

Braintree certainly did that. The fifth-seeded Wamps (18-4) erupted for six runs in the second inning and cruised to an 11-5 win over the eighth-seeded Knights at Campanelli Stadium. Sophomore Scott Creedon tossed 6 innings for the win, allowing two earned runs and scattering eight hits, while striking out seven.

The Wamps advance to face St. John’s Prep in Brockton on Monday at 4 p.m.

Continue reading it below

“If you win, you’ve got another game here,” said Braintree head coach William O’Connell. “Once they arrived here and got off the bus you saw a little extra skip in their step. Luckily, we had a couple days to regroup after our loss.”

LaRossa (2 for 3, two walks) got the big second inning started with the first of four straight extra-base hits. But it almost didn’t happen. After Cal Berman walked to lead off the frame, LaRossa appeared to get hit by a pitch on the hand. But after the umpire’s conferred, it was ruled a foul ball.

He returned to the plate and laced a double down the right field line. Colin Rios followed with a two-run double into the left-center gap to make it 2-0 and came around to score when Anthony Venuti doubled him in.

An RBI triple from Creedon and double from Erik MacDonald later in the inning extended the lead to 6-0.

“That [second inning] helped out a lot,” said Creedon. “It made me comfortable [on the mound]. It’s always good to get the lead. Everyone helped out.”

The Knights cut the deficit to 6-2 in the fourth inning, thanks to some sloppy defense from Braintree. An error by shortstop Connor Columbus allowed a run to score. Sean Scales then drove in a run with a single.

But the Wamps got two runs back in the bottom of the inning and added another in the sixth when MacDonald (3 for 4) hit a solo shot to right that made it 9-2.

“I don’t think we ever got into the game,” said CM head coach Hal Carey. “It never got totally away from us, but we never had a real threat to win it.”

LaRossa is excited to have at least one more game to play.

“It’s a beautiful thing,” he said. “I like our shot [Monday]. We’re definitely going to give it our best punch. They’ve got a lot of good players and I feel like we’ve got the same. It should be fun.”

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.