PEABODY — On one of the coldest days for high school baseball in quite some timee, it took Bishop Fenwick senior pitcher Tommy Parsons longer than usual to warm up.
Once he did, however, he was able to keep Austin Prep off balance, scattering just two hits over four-and-two-thirds innings in an 11-3 Crusader victory.
“Tommy did a very good job on a cold day,” said Fenwick head coach Kevin Canty, whose team has won three straight. “He did what he had to do to get us a big win. (Senior righty) James Dellisola also pitched well in relief.”
Parsons, a senior tri-captain from Peabody, walked four and struck out four. His teammates played flawlessly in the field behind him and hit the ball up and down the lineup offensively, with every starter having at least one base knock.
The Crusaders (3-3) scored in every inning but the fifth and staked Parsons to a 6-0 lead after two innings.
“You can’t get much velocity when it’s this cold (with a chilly wind blowing off the near by Atlantic Ocean),” said Parsons. “This is New England baseball, so you just have to get used to it. I couldn’t throw my slider, but I was able to locate my fastball and keep them guessing with the changeup.
“Our bats came alive, and our defense was very good. We’re coming together as a team, and at the right time because we’ve got a big game with Peabody on Saturday (11 a.m.).”
Senior Nick Bona delivered some clutch hits, driving in four runs in his first two at-bats with an RBI single in the first and a bases loaded triple in the second stanza. The Crusaders then scored five times in the second inning by batting around the lineup — and it all started with two outs.