Nic Notarangelo powers Taunton to first D1 South title
BROCKTON — Campanelli Stadium has been a place that has witnessed numerous historic moments over the course of years, and on Saturday it was home to the beginning of a new saga in Taunton baseball.
The fourth-seed Tigers scored three runs in the second inning, and never looked back as the team clinched the program’s first sectional title in its 6-1 victory over its Hockomock League rival, No. 11 seed Attleboro, in the D1 South final.
Taunton (19-7) will face Andover or Lincoln-Sudbury in the state semifinals at Alumni Filed in Lowell on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“Honestly, this is the best feeling I’ve had in a while. We haven’t won much over the last couple years,” said Taunton junior Nic Notarangelo, who went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs, including a two-run triple. “I just want to do everything I can to help this team.”
A three-run second inning highlighted by senior Evan Melo’s RBI single and Notarangelo’s triplegave the Tigers just the advantage their dominant pitching needed.
Taunton added another run in the third as junior pitcher Logan Lawrence came around to score following his triple on a perfectly executed squeeze play.
Attleboro (14-10) got a run back in the fourth on a passed ball that scored senior Troy Van Vliet. In the bottom half of the inning, the Tigers pushed back and stretched their lead to four runs on a RBI single by junior Lucas Martins.
Lawrence and senior Josh Lajoie combined to shut down the Blue Bombardiers on the mound.
“All year our pitching has been our strength and that is what we have relied on,” said Taunton coach Blair Bourque. “We knew going in this is how we are going to win ballgames.”