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D4 NORTH BASEBALL | MANCHESTER ESSEX 16, BOSTON ENGLISH 0

D4 North title is a walk in the park for Manchester Essex

The Manchester Essex baseball team holds the MIAA D4 North trophy aloft after defeating Boston English, 16-0, in Saturday’s final at Fraser Field in Lynn.
The Manchester Essex baseball team holds the MIAA D4 North trophy aloft after defeating Boston English, 16-0, in Saturday’s final at Fraser Field in Lynn.(BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF)

LYNN — Manchester Essex took control of Saturday’s Division 4 North baseball final without even swinging the bat.

In the bottom of the first inning, Manchester Essex drew seven walks, five with the the bases-loaded. And when the Hornets finally got a pitch to hit, Luke Leavitt did not miss.

The senior roped a bases-clearing double to right field, punctuating an eight-run first inning as the third-seeded Hornets cruised to a 16-0 win Boston English at Fraser Field.

Manchester Essex (18-5) will play the winner of Sunday’s D4 South final between St. John Paul/Abington in a state semifinal Tuesday at Campanelli Stadium.

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Manchester Essex outfielder William Janowicz (7) makes the catch of the game, running down a deep fly ball to left center field and then making the throw in time to double up the runner at second base.
Manchester Essex outfielder William Janowicz (7) makes the catch of the game, running down a deep fly ball to left center field and then making the throw in time to double up the runner at second base. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

“The weird thing is yesterday Luke and I were talking about how we couldn’t find holes,” Manchester Essex coach B.J. Weed said. “I said we were due for a big game and that’s what happened.”

Freshman lefty Kellan Heney tossed six shutout innings, while Leavitt (3 for 4, 5 RBI, 2 runs) paced the offense from the leadoff spot. Bennett O’Leary (3 for 4, 2 runs, RBI) and Gavin Glass (2 for 4, 4 runs, 2 RBIs) sparked a 5-run fifth inning for a 16-0 lead.

“This is going to be the best thing to ever happen to me in my baseball career,” Leavitt said. “ I can’t even put it in words.”

William Levendusky (21) heads to second base as English second baseman Anliel Gonzalez (1) fails to handle a hot grounder during Manchester-Essex’s 16-0 win in the D4 North final at Fraser Field in Lynn.
William Levendusky (21) heads to second base as English second baseman Anliel Gonzalez (1) fails to handle a hot grounder during Manchester-Essex’s 16-0 win in the D4 North final at Fraser Field in Lynn.(Barry Chin/Globe Staff)

Matt Doherty can be reached at matthew.doherty@globe.com.