Foxboro High scored nine runs on eight hits in the first inning as aggressive base running and contact at the plate helped the Warrior baseball team to its first win on the season, a 12-0 mercy-shortened romp over Blue Hills Regional in the Sullivan Tournament on Tuesday at Adam’s Field in Quincy.
Foxboro stole three bases and had seven two-out hits during the opening frame with No. 2 batter Brian Duncan (three hits) slapping a pair of singles and lead off man Anthony Mollica (two RBIs) scoring a pair of runs in the inning.
“We’ve been swinging the bat well, I’ve liked our approach this year,” said Foxboro coach Derek Suess.
“We’re hitting line drives to the gaps and taking extra bases when need be. We got guys that can run, so when they get on (base) I like to move them. So offensively, obviously, we’re feeling good about ourselves.”
Foxboro added to its advantage with a two-run second and one-run third to earn themselves a 10-run mercy in tournament play.
Foxboro had the leadoff man aboard in all three at bats, including a double by Kyle McGinnis (two hits) in the second inning and another leadoff double by Duncan in the third. A one-out double by Joe Cavaleri (two RBIs) scored Duncan from third base in the third inning.
Sophomore pitcher Cam Hassett earned his first varsity win. He threw all four innings allowing just one hit with two strikeouts. Senior second baseman Adam Lanctot had four assists in the field for Foxboro, which had 1-2-3 innings in the first, second and fourth frames. It was the first game this season Foxboro did not commit an error.
“Obviously, it was a much cleaner game defensively,” Suess said in regards to the Warriors making four errors in a loss to Canton, three in a loss to Mansfield, four in a loss to Taunton and another five in a one-run loss to Milford, despite allowing merely two hits, last Friday.
“A lot of it comes down to confidence,” Suess added. “I’ve told the guys we need to have conviction in what we do. We can’t take anything for granted, we just have to play clean defense. I know we’re capable, it was uncharacteristic those two days (Canton, Milford), but I thought today was a good confidence boost.”
The confidence was on display in that first inning. Mollica led off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a Duncan single before scoring the eventual game-winning run on an RBI by Mike Devlin (two RBIs).
Sean Yoest slapped an RBI single to score McGinnis while a James Kaeser (two hits) RBI single scored Yoest, a RBI double by Phil Thomas scored Kaeser, a RBI single by Mollica scored Lanctot and a RBI double by Devlin scored Mollica for the second time in the inning.
E The victory over Blue Hills came after the Warriors dropped a tough, 8-7 Davenport Divisional contest to Milford last Wednesday.
Devlin slapped three hits and scored two runs for the Warriors, who allowed just two hits but made three errors in the final inning.
Foxboro (1-4) will have a busy upcoming week with Milton on Thursday (at Adam’s Field in Quincy), Oliver Ames on Saturday, Norton on Monday and Stoughton on Tuesday. The win over Blue Hills was the Warriors first Sullivan Rule win of the season. They will earn an MIAA Tournament berth with one win (in two games) against Division 3 Norton.