Sean Devin drove in four runs in Classical’s win.
By STEVE KRAUSE
LYNN — Thanks to the wretched weather at the beginning of the month, the Classical and English baseball teams have had to play each other twice in less than a week.
Wednesday’s result netted the same result as last Friday’s: a Classical win. This one was 6-3 and featured senior George Dimis, in only his second appearance of the season, coming up with a gem of a performance going a very adventurous seven innings, striking out 10 and giving up seven hits along with two walks.
“He was hurt earlier in the season,” said Classical coach Mike Zukowski, “and he worked his tail off to get in shape to pitch.
“This was only his second start, and he wanted the ball for the whole seven innings,” said Zukowski. “And we let him have it.”
The win, which makes the Rams 15-0, also clinched them the Northeastern Conference/North title thanks to Gloucester’s 10-9 win over Peabody. Both Classical and the Tanners have two league games left on their schedule and the defeat was Peabody’s third in the NEC North.
The loss eliminates English (6-11) from a berth in the state tournament.
“We just didn’t hit, again,” said English coach Joe Caponigro. “We were 0-6 with runners on first and second with less than two out, with four strikeouts. We’re not going to win many games that way, especially against a team like Classical.”
Although the Bulldogs played well in the field, two misplays, one a popup that fell between three fielders, helped the Rams get three of their six runs.
“Meanwhile,” said Caponigro, “they (Classical) made two tremendous plays in the field (one a nice catch by Christian Burt on a soft line drive and the other a catch by center fielder Tyler Way on a towering fly ball). That’s why they’re where they are.”
The Rams jumped all over English starter Devin Curley in the first inning for three runs.
“Devin competed,” said Caponigro. “He gave us everything he had.”
Way beat out an infield hit to start the game off and stole second. After catcher Billy Allen made a nice grab on Burt’s foul pop behind the plate, Matt Lauria singled home Way. After Herbie Newton singled and Andrew Moccia was hit by a pitch, Sean Devin got two of his four RBI (and the first of his three hits) with a nifty opposite-field single to left.
Classical came back with two more, one on a bizarre play, in the second. Kevin Durant blooped a single to right and stole second. Way followed with a walk, and Burt hit what looked to be a double-play ball to short. However, Way slid hard — but cleanly — into second, which caused English’s Wilbur Rosario to be shaken up. In an effort to get rid of the ball, Rosario flipped it errantly, and Durant scored from second.
Burt also stole (one of seven thefts) and came home on Lauria’s single.
English got two of those runs back in the third, with Geo Morales and Andy Duverge coming home on passed balls.
Classical made it 6-2 in the fifth inning when Moccia reached first on a passed ball on a swinging strike three, stole second, and scored on Devin’s single.
English capped off the scoring in the top of the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Allen and Anderson Figuereo.