“You know when you schedule a game like that, this is a possibility,” said Bettencourt. “We play these games to see where we stand and we saw what happens when we don’t come to play.”
St. John’s bullpen was excellent, with Evan Roberts pitching a scoreless fifth and Jack Burke fanning two in a spotless sixth. Senior Mike Driscoll fanned one and allowed two hits and a run in the seventh, but closed the door.
Sophomore Ryan Collins was a bright spot for Peabody, reaching twice and driving in his team’s only run. Anthony Cravotta also had a hit.
“In one sided games, you find out who you are. I was happy with how some of our guys reacted and not so happy with others. We’ll address that in practice,” Bettencourt said.
It was the most one-sided win in the Prep-Peabody rivalry since a state tournament game won by the Eagles at Bezemes Diamond, 19-0, back in 2001. The Eagles have won three straight in the series and five of the eight regular season meetings since 2006.
The caveat for Peabody Saturday was that Bettencourt held out UConn-bound senior pitcher Pat Ruotolo for what the coach termed a team issue.
“We’re hoping he’s available to us and we’ll be able to use him in one of our next two games,” said Bettencourt, adding that it is his decision when Ruotolo returns to the lineup.
Matt Williams is the assistant sports editor of The Salem News. You can contact him at 978-338-2669, MWilliams@salemnews.com and follow him on Twitter @MattWilliams_SN.