LYNN — Ben Bowden earned the MVP for the South in yesterday’s 1-1 tie in the 19th Agganis Baseball Classic while Beverly’s Alex Toomey was the MVP for the North for his two innings of no-hit ball.
But the game’s most valuable play came from Toomey’s Panther teammate Anthony DiOrio.
After the South’s Connor Lordan drove in Jake Porrazzo to tie the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Jorge Perez ripped a single to left-center and Richard Scanlon tried to score from second. DiOrio, who is a shortstop but moved to center in the seventh and made the first two outs of the inning, corralled the ball and fired home to get Scanlon and preserve the tie.
“I’ve played outfield before (during) my sophomore year so I’m used to it,” said DiOrio, who will play at Salem State next fall. “I knew he (Scanlon) was going to go and I didn’t want him to score. I put everything I had into the throw.”
Fellow Panther Toomey took the mound for the fourth and fifth innings for the North and he didn’t allow a hit while striking out three. He did walk Brian Carney but then picked him off at first base to end the fifth inning.
Toomey also had a great play at first base with a man on in the bottom of the third. Lordan ripped a grounder to Toomey, who fired to second and then made it back to the bag for the throw to complete the double-play.
“My change-up was working. It wasn’t a big pitch for me during the season but I’ve been working on it this summer,” said Toomey. “I was getting ahead of batters and it worked out. It’s an honor to come out here and play against some great ball-players.”