BROCKTON — The potent BC High offense struck early, scoring four times in the second and once again in the third en route to a 6-5 victory over second-seeded Wachusett in a Super 8 elimination game Tuesday night at Campanelli Stadium.
Righthander Mike Vasil closed out the victory in electrifying fashion, striking out all four batters he faced and throwing just 14 pitches — all strikes.
BC High (17-6) will face eighth-seeded Walpole in the semifinals on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Brockton, with Vasil slated to start.
“It was really, really big,” BC High coach Norm Walsh said regarding his team’s early runs. “When you get on the board early in these games it makes a significant difference.”
Sophomore Pat Roche sparked the Eagles out of the No. 5 hole. Roche walked to lead off the second inning and scored on an infield single from senior John MacDonald.
Later in the second, seniors Luke Murphy, Bobby DeMeo, and Matt Sullivan each drove in a run to give BC High a commanding 4-0 advantage.
An inning later, Roche ripped a base hit to left field, and came home on an RBI single by catcher Dave Driscoll.
Sean O’Connell (3 for 3, 2 runs) gave the Eagles a 6-0 cushion in the fifth when he launched an opposite-field homer to left, getting some assistance from the wind to clear the short porch.
“We really try to focus on having one big inning at the beginning and jump on their starter,” O’Connell said. “The fact we put up a four-spot was huge and we carried that momentum.”
BC High senior lefthander Tim Albert breezed through five innings, but departed with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth.
Reliever Mike Dragon allowed two inherited runners to score, but escaped the jam when Murphy made an outstanding diving catch in center field to preserve a 6-2 lead.
Wachusett (21-4) kept the comeback alive when catcher Cole Durkan led off the seventh inning with a walk and scored on a fielder’s choice.
In the next inning, Durkan lined a single off Charlie Devin to make it 6-5, prompting Walsh to bring in Vasil to slam the door.
The University of Virginia commit ended it with a strikeout as he pumped his chest.
“You get to this point, you scrap and scrape to do what you can,” Walsh said.