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    Wellesley rallies past Xaverian in D1 baseball semifinal

    Quincy, MA - 6/13/2018 - Wellesley pitcher Henry Weycker (14) and teammates celebrate after defeating Xaverian and advancing to the Division 1 South baseball final at Adams Field. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Matthew Doherty, Topic: 14schbase, LOID: 8.4.2241450940.
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    Senior pitcher Henry Weycker (right) and two of his teammates celebrate Wellesley’s 7-2 victory over Xaverian in the D1 North semifinals at Quincy’s Adams Field.

    When Wellesley’s baseball team loaded the bases against Xaverian with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, a comeback seemed imminent in Wednesday’s Division 1 South semifinal at Quincy’s Adams Field.

    Down 4-3, the Raiders needed a sacrifice fly or grounder to tie it up, but leadoff hitter John Ciolfi roped a liner that bounced off the glove of Xaverian shortstop Jake Cassidy, resulting in a unlucky 6-2-5 double play.

    The Raiders earned a break, however, as senior Tommy Lieberman scored the tying run on a defensive error. Then senior pitcher Henry Weycker launched a 2-RBI triple to pave the way for a dramatic 7-4 victory.


    “I just thought, maybe this isn’t our day,” said Wellesley coach Rob Kane. “But next thing you know, something goes our way.”

    Wellesley's Tommy Lieberman (24) caused a dustup at home plate, celebrating with his teammates after scoring the tying run in the sixth inning.
    Barry Chin/Globe Staff
    Wellesley's Tommy Lieberman (24) caused a dust-up at home plate, celebrating with his teammates after scoring the tying run in the sixth inning.
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    Weycker also spun a complete game, allowing three earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts to propel the third-seeded Raiders (18-5) into a second consecutive sectional final.

    Wellesley will face Bay State Conference rival Needham in the D1 South Final at a time and date to be determined.

    “Henry did that for us last year and he’s doing it again,” said Kane. “He’s definitely a June player.”

    Senior pitcher Henry Weycker (14) spun a complete-game gem for Wellesley.
    Barry Chin/Globe Staff
    Senior pitcher Henry Weycker (14) spun a complete-game gem for Wellesley.

    Division 1 South

    Needham 5, Braintree 4 — Trailing 4-0, the 12th-seeded Rockets (15-8) rallied for a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and tied the game in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, sophomore Steven Donovan led off with a walk, Alex Luscher drove him to third with a single and senior catcher Alec Sharton hit a chopper to short for the game-winning RBI at Quincy’s Adams Field Wednesday night.


    “The story of our season has been resiliency,” said Needham coach Matt Howard, whose team will face Wellesley in the sectional final. “We talk about playing with a chip on our shoulder and especially against [Braintree], such a storied program, we just battled and gave ourselves a shot.”

    Division 2

    North Attleborough 20, Dartmouth 2 — Senior Aidan Harding went 4 for 5 with four RBIs, a pair of stolen bases, and one run scored as the top-seeded Red Rocketeers (20-2) roared past the fifth-seeded Indians (15-8) at Rockland High to earn a berth in the D2 sectional final against sixth-seeded Oliver Ames.

    The Red Rocketeers broke out with seven runs in the second inning. The game was almost called in the fifth, with North Attleborough leading, 17-2. But after a half-hour debate, and calls to officials to see if a mercy rule applied, the game continued and the Red Rocketeers scored three more runs.

    Oliver Ames 11, Duxbury 7— The sixth-seeded Tigers (16-7) scored four in the first, four in the third, and three in the fifth, outlasting the seventh-seeded Dragons (14-9) to earn a matchup with top-seeded North Attleborough in the final.

    Division 4

    Archbishop Williams 6, St. John Paul II 3 — Senior Sam Hamer yielded one hit and two earned runs over 6 innings, striking out six as the 12th-seeded Bishops (15-9) ousted top-seeded JPII (19-3) in the semifinals at Plymouth North.


    The Bishops scored single runs in the first and second frames on RBI hits from Ryan Bellew and Connor Dolan. In the third, Michael Gervasi singled in a run and then came around to score the fourth run on a wild pitch.

    ‘‘We take our lumps a little bit during the year, but we learn to compete,’’ said Archies coach James Dolan, whose squad advanced to last year’s D4 South final and will next face Seekonk. ‘‘And here we are again in the sectional finals.’’

    Seekonk 7, Mashpee 3— In a one-run game in the fifth, shortstop Kevin Moszkowicz snagged a dropped ball near second and rifled it to home plate to cut down a run at the plate, preserving the lead as the Warriors (18-6) advanced to the program’s first sectional final against 12th-seeded Archbishop Williams.

    Adam Horowitz struck out four of the final six batters to finish his complete-game performance.

    Sophomore Kameron Casla drove in the game-tying run in the top of the fourth inning and later scored on a single from senior Luke Robitaille for the go-ahead run.

    “These guys have been doing this all year,’’ Seekonk coach Joe DeMello said. ‘‘Our motto is we never quit, they never give up and when we have the opportunity to put up runs, they bear down.’’

    Globe correspondents Trevor Hass reported from Rockland, and Josh Schafer from Plymouth.