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