Schools: Liam LeVangie, East Bridgewater cruise to victory over Mashpee
The way sophomore right-hander Liam LeVangie was dealing on the mound, he wasn’t going to need much help.
His teammates made sure he had more than enough.
East Bridgewater put together big innings in the second and fifth and proceeded to cruise to a 7-1 victory over Mashpee in a South Shore League contest yesterday. LeVangie pitched the first six innings, striking out 11 and allowing an unearned run on six hits.
“(Liam) was throwing pretty well,” East Bridgewater coach Jeff Ghiloni said. “He was getting a little deeper in the counts than we would have liked and that’s what got him at the end, the high pitch count (100). But he was getting pitches over for strikes (68 strikes, 32 balls).”
The Vikings (5-4) gave LeVangie all the run support he required in the last of the second. Alex Rose led off with a walk, then consecutive singles by Bob Badger, Brandon Jenkins and Adam Carr gave the hosts a 2-0 lead.
With runners at first and second and no one out, Pat Snow tried to sacrifice the runners along, but Carr was gunned down at second, leaving runners at the corners with one out. Jenkins scored on a wild pitch, with the hustling Snow going from first to third. Greg Plunkett grounded out, driving in Snow to give East Bridgewater a 4-0 lead.
Mashpee had a chance to cut into the deficit in the third, putting runners at first and third with none out, but LeVangie struck out the next three batters. The Falcons (6-2) did reach LeVangie in the fifth when Ari Purdy singled with two outs, went to second on an error and came home on a single by Mike Fraser.
Undaunted, the Vikings went back to work in the bottom of the fifth.
Kevin Aylward (2-for-3, two stolen bases), singled with one out and stole second. Mike Khoury singled him in and came around the bases to score when Alex Rose crushed a long triple to right. Badger closed out the scoring with an RBI single.
“I feel like once one guy gets a hit, we get rolling,” Ghiloni said. “We have a lot of seniors in the lineup, they’re ready to pick up the other guy. We never feel like we are out of an inning.”
Elsewhere in baseball action yesterday:
In the Pete Frates Tournament, Cooper Marengi recorded three hits, including a double and a home run, to lead Lynnfield (9-0) to a 10-1 rout of Ipswich.
In Northeastern Conference action, Jack Wallace tossed a four-hitter, striking out seven to launch Winthrop (3-4) over Everett, 10-4.
In a Catholic Conference contest, Josh Bartnicki knocked in two as Austin Prep (5-2) handed St. Mary’s its first loss of the season, 6-4.
In a Merrimack Valley Conference matchup, Kyle Cortese smashed a double and triple to drive in three runs as Billerica (3-5) blanked Tewksbury, 15-0, in five innings.
Sal Frelick smashed a three-run homer in the top of the sixth to break open a 1-1 game and lift Lexington (5-4) over Wakefield, 6-1, in a Middlesex League contest.
Jack Connelly broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth, belting a solo home run to left field, as Stoughton (7-2) beat King Philip, 2-1, in a Hockomock League battle.
In a nonleague matchup, Liz Will fanned five and knocked in three runs to lead Fontbonne (2-4) over Boston Latin, 8-3.
In a Northeastern Conference contest, Brenna Forbes had four hits and Halle Farrel had two doubles, with each slugger knocking in three runs, to lead Medford (5-5) past Swampscott, 13-1.
Mia Patricca tossed a one-hitter, striking out eight, and Emma Arpino went 4-for-6 to lead Newton North past Weymouth, 10-0, in a Bay State Carey game.
In South Coast Conference action, Sarah Duarte smashed her first career grand slam as Greater New Bedford Voke (7-2) defeated Old Rochester, 14-2.
In nonleague action, North Reading (9-2) routed Tewksbury, 20-3, behind Sean Fagen’s seven assists and one goal.
Matt Feld and Kevin Barrucci contributed to this report.