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Boston Latin earns first trip to sectional finals in 25 years

For the first time in a quarter century, the Boston Latin baseball team has advanced to the sectional finals.

The top-seeded Wolfpack earned a berth in the MIAA Divison 1 North final against Lowell Sunday at 6 p.m. at LeLacheur Park in Lowell after scoring a 7-2 triumph over fourth-seeded Waltham on Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field in Lowell.

‘‘I’m thrilled for my team,’’ said Latin coach Rene Gauthier. ‘‘I couldn’t be prouder.’’


The Wolfpack jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning from RBI singles by Colman O’Toole and winning starter Chris Bear, who threw a complete game (71 pitches, 2 earned runs, 2 strikeouts, 5 hits).

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‘‘I tried to keep them off-balance,’’ Bear said. ‘‘Our defense was good. They didn’t make one error.’’

Waltham (14-8) tied the game, 2-2, in the first inning on Garrett Warren’s 2-RBI single. Kevin Zarnoch gave Latin a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning with an RBI single. In the fifth, the Wolfpack tacked on four more runs to clinch their long-awaited appearance in the sectional finals.

‘‘It feels great,’’ Bear said. ‘‘We’re ready for the finals.’’

Division 1 North

Lowell 14, Medford 0 — For the second straight season, the third-seeded Red Raiders (15-7) punched their ticket to the North final sectional finals with an emphatic win over second-seeded Mustangs at Alumni Field in Lowell. Junior Tim Scott threw five scoreless innings on just 62 pitches, with two strikeouts and five hits. Senior Ethan Gofstein’s three-run home run in the seventh inning capped the scoring. ‘‘At the beginning of the season, I thought making the state tournament would be good, and then we make the sectional finals,’’ said Lowell coach Danny Graham. ‘‘Our offense is as good as it’s been all year.’’

Division 2 North


Beverly 5, Burlington 1 — At Fraser Field in Lynn, Tim McCarthy and Spencer Brown set the tone at the top of the lineup and Mike Urbanski tossed 5 innings of scoreless relief as the third-seeded Panthers (19-4) earned a berth in the Div. 2 North sectional final against the winner of the Masconomet-Arlington semifinal at 7 p.m. Saturday night at LaLacheur Park in Lowell.

McCarthy (3 for 3, 3 runs) led off three separate innings with a hit and came around to score each time while Brown had 3 RBIs and recorded three extra-base hits — all to the opposite field.

‘‘Tim is feeling it,’’ said Beverly coach Dave Wilbur. ‘‘We had batting practice at 1:30 and, at 12:30, he was there. The whole idea is to have hitters around Spencer so he gets good pitches.’’

Urbanski, a senior righthander, entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the second. He induced a double-play to preserve a one-run lead and allowed just three hits to earn the win.

‘‘It was more just picking up each other,’’ Urbanski said. ‘‘The run support really helped. I was just pitching for contact and I trust my defense.’’


Josh Becker (6 innings, 9 hits, 8 strikeouts) threw his seventh complete game of the season for the Red Devils (15-8).

Masconomet 5, Arlington 2— Once leather hit bat, Andrew Manni turned his back and trotted off the mound. He saw Alex Zenus sprint to shallow right field and never looked back. The crowd’s roar told the Chieftain pitcher all he needed to know.

Zenus dove head first for a sensational catch, sealing the semifinal win for the Chieftains (21-2) at LaLacheur Park in Lowell.

‘‘I knew [Zenus] would have that covered,’’ said Manni. ‘‘I had faith in him. I try to pitch for contact because I have faith in this entire team.’’

In the second inning, Manni blasted a two-run homer 350 feet over the wall in left.

Senior Dash Crevoiserat singled in two more runs an inning later.

“I got a pitch belt-high, exactly what I was looking for,” said Manni.

Sophomore Will Hunter went five innings for the win, striking out five. He held Arlington (13-10) hitless until Dara Conneely doubled in the fourth.

Division 3 North

Austin Prep 26, Swampscott 10 — The top-seeded Cougars (21-2) trailed 4-0 after one, but responded with five runs in the bottom of the first and then added eight runs in the second on the way to the semifinal slugfest at Fraser Field in Lynn. Prep recorded 14 hits, received 17 free passes, and scored 16 unanswered runs. ‘‘It was nice to see us answer, but we scored a lot of runs and it was really good to see,’’ Austin Prep coach Steve Busby said. ‘‘We weren’t hitting great early on in the tournament so I was happy that we exploded.’’

Division 4 North

Hamilton-Wenham 8, South Boston 0 — In Haverhill, the third-seeded Generals (17-5) erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth en route to a victory in the Div. 4 North semifinals.

Senior captain Phil Durgin paced the offense, going 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI triples and two runs scored.

The back-breaker came in the sixth when senior shortstop Jake Lanciani smoked an inside-the-park home run to deep left-center that scored three runs. The drive highlighted the sixth-inning onslaught that left no doubt about the contest’s outcome.

Lowell Catholic 12, Boston English 4 — Senior righthander Zach Gitschier struck out 14 in a complete-game effort and knocked in two runs as the top-seeded Crusaders (19-4) cruised to the semifinal win at Trinity Stadium in Haverhill. He surrendered three runs in the first inning, but settled in from there, allowing just one run over the next six frames and walking none.

“We knew what we were going to get going into the game; the first inning, he left a couple of pitches over the middle and we knew they could hit . . . then he changed his game plan and didn’t miss anymore spots,” said LC coach Matt Stone.

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the first on three straight two-out RBI doubles by the Eagles, LC tied the game despite not recording a hit, scoring on walks, an outfield error and a sacrifice fly by Kyle DeRoma.

Globe correspondents Matt Doherty reported from Lynn, Mike Kotsopoulos from Lowell, and Dave Souza from Haverhill.