BROCKTON — Two five-run innings powered Masconomet to the Division 2 State title in a 10-2 win over Westwood at Brockton Rox Stadium on Thursday.
The Chieftains celebrated in a dogpile several feet left of the pitcher’s mound with players spraying silly string and firing sticks of confetti into the misty air.
“It’s all about our guys. They trust in each other and they trust in themselves,” Masconomet coach T.J. Baril said. “They performed, they did a great job and they deserve all the credit in the world.”
Masconoment (22-2) raced to the championship after earning the No. 2 seed in the North sectional. The Chieftains found motivation after failing to receive a nomination for the inaugural Super 8 tournament despite opening 10-0 and suffering only two losses in the regular season.
“We knew we could hang with teams in the Super 8. Looking back on it, you could definitely say we could have belonged in the tournament,” senior starter Joe Klingensmith said. “It makes it a lot easier [to pitch] when our offense is playing so well. It’s been unbelievable all season.”
A year ago, the Chieftains earned the Division 2 North title, only to fall to eventual state champion Hingham in the semifinals. There were no semifinals this year.
“They’ve been waiting for this game for a long, long time,” Baril said. “Winning [the North] last week at LeLacheur Park was nice, but we really wanted this one after coming up short last year.”
Westwood (19-5) was unable to keep up with Masconomet’s offense. The Wolverines scored four runs in their three tournament wins leading up to Thursday.
Klingensmith struck out six, scattered four hits, and allowed just two earned runs over five-plus innings of work. He also had a hit and a key RBI double.
In the first inning, the captain scored sophomore Elias Varinos from second for the first run of the game. The Chieftains would score four more times in the inning, including Tom Budrewicz’s steal of home, while batting around.
The Chieftains lineup repeated the feat in the fourth for a 10-0 advantage.
Junior Chris Rich’s two-out, two-run double in the fifth inning off the wall in right-center field served as Masconomet’s exclamation point at the plate.
The Chieftains’ dynamic offensive performance saw the leadoff man reach in each of the first four innings.
“We were just on a roll, we knew all the bats would come together,” Rich said. “We just see the fastball and know how to hit it. We see pitches well and just try to knock it in the field somewhere.”