“After we tied it up I felt like we had a fresh game. It was like we had another seven inning game after we got the first inning behind us,” said Ward.
But the Vikings were only getting started. Beverly native Mike Lamothe smashed a two RBI double to put SSU ahead before fellow Garden city native Ethan Trowt ripped an RBI single to make it 7-4 in the third.
Lamothe is hitting .280 with seven RBI and was in the seven hole. Trout meanwhile is hitting just .200 in the eight-hole but a big, 3 for 3 day at the dish yesterday that included a team-high three RBI could help get the junior going.
“When they (Lemothe and Trowt) hit like they hit today it’s a bonus because defensively, they’re excellent,” said Ward. “They are glove guys first, but they also aren’t easy outs. They’re productive hitters.”
Beliveau, Matt Burgess and Steve Buitkus all had two RBI while SSU as a team stole five bags in the win. SSU will need more of that production out of Trowt, Lemothe and others with nationally ranked Wheaton in town today. Wheaton lost in last year’s Division 3 Championship to Marietta.