St. Michaels heat­ing up, sweeps the Vik­ings

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

St. Michaels 20 Cam­bridge-SD 3 CAM­BRIDGE — Brian Femi has a healthy re­spect for the Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High base­ball team his squad vis­ited Tues­day.

“They’re a very good ball team,” said Femi, St. Michaels’ head coach for more than a quar­ter-cen­tury. “Their one-through­five hit­ters are the best in the Bay­side, and they’ve got pitch­ing. They’ve been to­gether, some of them for four years, and I’ve seen them all four. I know how good they all are.”

“When they get it all to­gether, they’re go­ing to be very dan­ger­ous,” Femi added.

Un­for­tu­nately for Vik­ings, Tues­day was that day.

The Saints scored in all but one in­ning dur­ing a 20-3 vic­tory to im­prove to 8-1 over­all, 3-0 North Bay­side. Cam­bridge-SD fell to 4-8, 1-3. The vic­tory com­pleted a two-game, reg­u­larsea­son sweep, and marked the not the sec­ond time this sea­son St. Michaels has won four games in a row.

St. Michaels got on the board just two pitches into play. C-SD starter Tyler Hard­ing (2-3) hit lead­off man Tucker Heinlein with the first pitch, and Seth Parks fol­lowed with an RBI triple into the right field cor­ner on the next one, to make it 1-0.

Parks scored on Nathan Howeth’s ground out to short. C.J. Chansler dou­bled five pitches later, and cour­tesy run­ner, Devin Led­num, scored to make it 3-0 on Matt Gro­gan’s sac­ri­fice fly to cen­ter field.

The Vik­ings got one back in the bot­tom of the first against Saints lefty starter Devin Stan­ford (4-0). Hard­ing led off with a sin­gle up the mid­dle, scor­ing four bat­ters later on an Evan Fish­paw fielder’s choice to short.

The Saints added two in the top of the sec­ond and four in the third. The game be­came a po­ten­tial routrule af­fair in the top of the fourth, three Saint runs mak­ing it 12-1.

“We’re just not do­ing it right now,” Vik­ings head coach Chad Wolfe said. “We’re not hit­ting. We’re not pitch­ing well. We’re not catch­ing the ball . ... We haven’t hit, one-through­nine, like we’re ca­pa­ble of.

“We’re not get­ting good sticks on the ball, we’re putting our­selves in bad hit­ting counts,” Wolfe said. “We’re just not ex­e­cut­ing when it mat­ters in the game.”

C-SD showed some life in the bot­tom of the fourth. Bradley Stan­ton came up with two outs and the bases loaded against Stan­ford, and laced a 2-1 pitch into

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