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    Walpole eliminates St. John’s Prep from Super 8

    The Super 8 Tournament has been filled with upsets and in Tuesday’s elimination game, eighth-seeded Walpole continued that trend.

    Propelled by a four-run second inning, the Rebels staved off a late comeback attempt and defeated third-seeded St. John’s Prep, 6-4, at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton.

    Junior ace Cam Schlittler shined, tossing eight strong innings, allowing four runs, and striking out 10.


    Walpole, the last seed in the field, advanced to the semifinals where it will play BC High in another elimination game Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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    “It was very evident from the first pitch of the game that we were ready to play today,” Walpole coach Chris Costello said. “They’re carefree, but that being said, we without a doubt think we can win this thing. We can play with anybody in the state on any given day.”

    The Rebels (17-6) worked four walks off St. John’s Prep starter Jake Sanderson in the top of the second to spark the big inning.

    Jackson Walonis and Dylan Hannafin each drew a bases-loaded walk and Aiden Murray provided a run-scoring single to put Walpole ahead, 4-0.

    “We wanted to try to get out early,” Costello said. “We had some help and we got some hits when we needed and it played out the way we wanted.”


    Schlittler silenced the St. John’s Prep bats until senior Mike Yarin connected on a two-run opposite-field home run in the fifth inning to cut the Walpole lead in half, 4-2.

    But the Rebels added two runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Bryan Kraus and Chris McLean to make it 6-2.

    St. John’s Prep, which failed to reach the finals for the fourth straight season, didn’t go down without a fight.

    Back-to-back extra base hits by Yarin and Alex Lane, followed by a sacrifice fly by Tyler MacGregor in the eighth inning brought the Eagles within two runs.

    However, on his 116th pitch, Schlittler got pinch-hitter Jack Cairns to fly out, before turning it over to Matt Chamoun, who needed 11 pitches to record the save.


    “It was big, it made me feel more comfortable and get outs,” Schlittler said on getting the early run support. “Obviously, we’re the underdogs, but it’s good to get on top and make it to the final four to show them who we really are.”

    BC High 6, Wachusett 5 — The Eagles scored four times in the second and once in the third en route to a victory over second-seeded Wachusett in a Super 8 elimination game 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 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 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, before Vasil came in 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.

    Division 1 North

    Waltham 9, Andover 8 — With Waltham down in the bottom of the seventh, 8-7, senior Ryan Williams stepped into the batter’s box ready to make amends.

    Williams, who surrendered seven runs to start the game, smacked a triple to left field and sparked a two-run rally to complete Waltham’s comeback victory over visiting Andover.

    “I started this game and I didn’t have my best stuff,” said Williams. “I thought it was over for us. But we have such a great team.

    “Everybody picked me up when I was down and I think that really helped sparked me to hit that triple and score those last few runs.”

    Waltham (14-7) advanced to play in the North semifinals on Wednesday night in Lowell.

    Andover (13-8) jumped to a 7-1 lead after chasing Williams off the mound with four triples in the first three innings.

    A Waltham rally, highlighted by Joey Arsenault’s three-run triple, cut Andover’s lead to one run with two outs in the fourth.

    The teams traded runs in the fifth and sixth innings before Williams’s triple put his team in position to at least tie the game. Billy Sameski singled home Williams, then moved to third on a single by Garrett Warren.

    Nick Caliri hit a dribbling ground ball beyond the reach of the second baseman to end the game.

    “My coaches just told me to breath, calm down and just take every pitch,” said Caliri. “Our captains did a great job of reminding us what a story it’d be if we came back. It ended up working out for us.”

    Boston Latin 4, Lincoln-Sudbury 3 — It may not go down as the most exciting walkoff win, but the Wildcats kept their season alive and earned a trip to Wednesday’s Division 1 North semifinals on a bases-loaded walk in their win over the Warriors in West Roxbury.

    Boston Latin (16-5) will play Waltham on Wednesday afternoon (4 p.m.) at Alumni Field in Lowell.

    After Colman O’Toole delivered a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning, Chris Bear walked to load the bases.

    Kevin Zarnoch then worked another walk, pushing across the winning run for a victory for the top-seeded Wolfpack.

    “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.”

    Warriors starter, senior Jake Pullen, threw five scoreless innings on 70 pitches with five strikeouts and four hits.

    Kaplan yielded a two-run double to Chris Presinal in the second inning and a solo homer to Brett Flanagan in the fourth as ninth-seeded Lincoln-Sudbury (12-10) seized a 3-0 lead.

    But Kaplan 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 Boston 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.”

    Michael Kotsopoulos reported from Waltham and Chris Bokum reported from West Roxbury.