BC High baseball coach Norm Walsh posts 600th victory

Norm Walsh (right) confers with pitcher Gavin Reily at a game in 2017.
Norm Walsh (right) confers with pitcher Gavin Reily at a game in 2017.(Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe)
Norm Walsh in 2009
Norm Walsh in 2009(Susan Chalifoux/Globe Staff)

BC High baseball coach Norm Walsh reached the 600-win plateau in dramatic fashion on Wednesday.

BC High senior Sean O’Connell pitched eight innings, striking out six and holding visiting Malden Catholic to one run. In the bottom of the eighth, O’Connell broke a 1-1 tie with a walk-off single up the middle, scoring Jacob Perez to give the second-ranked Eagles (4-0) a 2-1 victory.

Walsh, who starred on the diamond at BC High and later at Harvard, became head coach at his alma mater in 1980. He guided the Eagles to Division 1 state titles in 2001, 2008, and 2009, and has led BC High to four consecutive berths in the Division 1A Super Eight tournament.


Walsh is the eighth Massachusetts baseball coach to record 600 wins, joining Frank Carey (North Reading), Peter Ambrose (Cardinal Spellman), Bill Pettingil (Newburyport), Jim Curtin (Burlington), Emile Johnson (Leominster), Dan Dulchinos (Chicopee Comp), and Tom Suchanek (Greenfield). Suchanek is the only other active coach on that list.

“The opportunity to coach as long as I have, and the teams that I’ve coached, it’s remarkable,” said Walsh, who was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2018. “But the players over the years have been the ones who have executed.”

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