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BASEBALL Hopkins hold off Brunswick in FAA clash

May 8, 2019

Seeing its lead cut to two runs after Brunswick School rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Hopkins School held off the rival Bruins and secured the FAA regular-season baseball title on Tuesday.

Brunswick’s Jake Hyde’s hard hit line drive to center field was caught in diving fashion by Hopkins’ center fielder with a pair of runners on base and two outs and Hopkins held on for a 5-3 victory. The win raised Hopkins’ FAA record to 10-1, while Brunswick fell to 8-3. Both squads have one game remaining.

Brunswick defeated Hopkins for the FAA Tournament championship in 2018.

“It’s awesome, we were here last year in the championship game and watched them celebrate, we have a lot of guys back from last year and they stayed hungry,” Hopkins coach Rocco DeMaio said. “The ball bounced our way a little bit today and it was a great win.”

Outfielder Matthew Spenner delivered an RBI triple in the third inning, then scored on a double by second baseman Kyle Meury. In the fourth inning, left fielder Jordan Shand hit a solo home run for the visitors. Following singles by outfielder Jack Dove and shortstop Chris Borter, Brennan Gollaher delivered a two-run double in the fifth inning for the Hilltoppers.

Jack Potash pitched five innings for Hopkins and Borter pitched the final two innings to earn the win in relief.

“He’s one of the best players in the league and needing six outs, you get him the ball, we felt good with him out there,” DeMaio said. “We have been hitting the ball 1-9 in the order and we did a good job at the plate today.”

Trailing 4-3, Brunswick scored its first run in the fourth inning. Junior Jack Griffin singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Jack Mathews and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a ground ball by senior Nick Giannuzzi.

Luke Fisher, a junior, hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and in the seventh, junior Leo Socci smashed a home run to left field for Brunswick. After Socci’s homer, sophomore Aidan Redahan and Fisher each singled, setting the stage of Hyde, who lined out, hitting the ball hard.

Hyde pitched four innings and Socci pitched three innings for the Bruins.

“Our team battled, they chipped away,” Brunswick coach Johnny Montanez said. “In that last inning with two outs, we were able to get that tying run to the plate and then we got the tying run to first. It was a great play by their center fielder. If he misses the ball, it’s a tie game.”