The Masconomet baseball team provided the Super 8 selection committee with a convincing final statement on Wednesday afternoon.
In their regular season finale against Georgetown, the high-powered Chieftains offense erupted for six runs before recording an out en route to a 10-1 drubbing of the Royals.
Seniors Jack Seymour (3 for 3, 3 runs) and Dylan Duval (3 for 4, 4 RBIs) led the offensive onslaught for Masco, which had 20 baserunners and finished the season averaging just under 10 runs per game.
The resume for the 16th-ranked Chieftains looks like this: an 18-2 record, a current 14-game winning streak, and a mind-boggling plus-155 run differential.
“It’s an honor to be considered and put in the same conversation as some of those teams,” coach T.J. Baril said regarding the Super 8 field that will be announced Sunday.
“We’ll basically cross that bridge when we get there. It’s out of our control. We can just go out and play the best baseball we can. Wherever we fall, we fall.”
Added senior ace and leadoff hitter Andrew Manni, “I think we’re good enough to compete in the Super 8 for sure, but I don’t know if the committee will let us in. But if we were to make it in, it’s like playing with the big dogs.”
On Wednesday, Manni secured his sixth win of the season, firing four shutout innings and striking out seven. The Wheaton College commit finished the regular season with 64 strikeouts in 43 innings.
Manni’s co-ace, senior David Hunter, threw the final three innings, allowing one unearned run while fanning five.
The duo combined for 12 wins this spring and each holds an earned run average under one, proving Masco is more than just a team with a potent offense.
“They’re dominant,” said catcher Dylan Duval. “They’re just a different level of pitching. I’m calling the game and it’s a lot easier keeping them on track. Catching them is a good experience. They’re the best in the league.”
Masco wasted no time getting ahead Wednesday. They loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first off two walks, an error, and a hit by pitch. Duval, Will Hunter, and Dash Crevoiserat added RBI knocks to put the Chieftains ahead 6-0 in the blink of an eye.
Consecutive hits from Manni, senior Pat Costigan, Seymour, and David Hunter in the fourth inning brought home three more runs, putting the game out of reach.
“We had some good swings early in the game and ran the bases really well,” Baril said. “It’s obviously good to get that last win heading into the tournament.”
Whether or not they make the Super 8, the Chieftains, who scored double digit runs in 12 of 20 games, will be the favorites in the Division 2 tournament.
“We’ll see what happens,” Duval said. “If we make it [Super 8} that’s great. If we don’t we’ll go win a state championship.”
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