It may not go down as the most exciting walkoff win. But the Boston Latin baseball team kept its season alive and earned a trip to Wednesday’s Division 1 North semifinals on a bases-loaded walk on Tuesday afternoon.
After a Colman O’Toole delivered a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, Chris Bear walked to load the bases against Lincoln-Sudbury. Kevin Zarnoch then worked another walk, pushing across the winning run for a 4-3 victory for the top-seeded Wolfpack at Catholic Memorial.
Boston Latin (16-5) will play Waltham on Wednesday afternoon (4 p.m.) at Alumni Field in Lowell.
“We got behind early, but that’s kind of the nature of the team,” said junior Asher Kaplan, who tossed 92 pitches in the complete-game win, striking out seven while allowing eight hits.
“We never stop fighting, never stop battling. It went down to the last pitch, and we’re proud to be a part of this team. It’s a great feeling.”
Kaplan yielded a two-run double to Chris Presinal in the second and a solo homer to Brett Flanagan in the fourth as L-S (12-10) seized a 3-0 lead.
But he shut the door the rest of the way.
“My go-to pitch had to be my curveball,” said Kaplan. “I’d get up in the count and pulled away with it. That’s worked for me all season.”
And so has the Wolfpack’s resiliency.
“We always grind back,” said Boston Latin coach Rene Gauthier. “There wasn’t anything wrong with us. That’s just how we roll all season.”
In the sixth, Zarnoch and Matt Anzalone delivered RBI singles to cut the deficit to 3-2 before Latin made the final rally in the seventh.
“We’re taking this [tournament],” said Kaplan. “I’m so happy to play for this team. We were in this position last year and got knocked out in the first round. We lost nine seniors and came back with a young team. We’re going to win the whole thing.”Chris Bokum can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.