Braintree Pounds Attleboro, Advances to MIAA Div. I South Semi-Finals
By Brian Willwerth
BRAINTREE, MA — The Braintree High School baseball team has been clicking on all cylinders offensively in the postseason. That trend continued in a big way on Monday afternoon, as the Wamps defeated Attleboro, 19-8, in the quarterfinals of the MIAA Division 1 South tournament.
The Wamps jumped out to a big lead, and never looked back. They led 6-0 after two innings. One inning later, they doubled their run total to 12. Then they tacked on six more runs in the fourth.
Braintree got production from up-and-down the lineup. Joe Zanca had a bases-clearing double and a three-run home run. The Wamps also got big contributions from Colin Pratt, Ryan Bucknam and Joe Hock, just to name a few. Patrick Delano added a towering home run in the sixth.
Braintree has scored 33 runs in its two postseason games.
“The offense was dynamite today,” said Braintree head coach Bill O’Connell, noting the big production from the bottom of the lineup. “We’ve had some nice chemistry with the lefties down low, and they take pride being down at the 7-8-9.”
Braintree starting pitcher Zach Hellested went the first five innings and allowed only one run.
The Blue Bombardiers did most of their damage in the sixth inning, when they scored seven times. Joe Sousa, Keith Drucker, and Max Lancaster each knocked in a pair of runs. Unfortunately for Attleboro, the deficit was too much to recover from at that point.
Braintree will host Xaverian in the semi-finals on Wednesday night.
“You want to be playing your best baseball towards the end of the year,” said O’Connell. “Aluminum bats have really helped, too.”