LOWELL – Bishop Fenwick pitcher Jake Miano took the ball in relief in the second inning of Saturday’s Division 3 North baseball title game against Lynnfield looking for a little redemption after a pair of quick hooks in his first two tournament starts.
The junior hurler wound up getting the sweetest redemption he could have imagined as he shut out Lynnfield on one hit over six innings as the Crusaders rallied for an 8-2 victory at Lowell’s Alumni Field.
Miano entered the game down 2-0 after Fernando Gonzalez whacked a two-run single in the first for third-seeded Lynnfield (18-6). But fourth-seeded Fenwick (18-6) answered with six in the fourth inning behind RBI doubles from Trey Deloury and Cory Bright, and an RBI single from Ethan Belt.
“I just knew that I had to throw strikes,” Miano said. “I was a little tight. Then I saw Trey hit that bomb, and I saw run after run come in, and then all the pressure was gone.”
Fenwick added two more in the in the fifth on Belt’s RBI double and Bright’s RBI single to provide Miano plenty of breathing room.
“Big spot, pressure spot,” said Fenwick coach Russ Steeves. “He didn’t make it out of the first inning his first two tournament games. Then he comes in and shuts them down today.”