BROCKTON — Returning to the scene of a bitter defeat one year ago, the Masconomet Regional baseball team made absolutely certain that the end result would be much more satisfying this time around.
Was it ever.
Behind an explosive performance at the plate right out of the gates and the steady pitching of senior captain Joe Klingensmith, Masconomet toppled Westwood, 10-2, claiming its first state baseball title since 2000.
The Chieftains, who finished the season 22-2, left little up to fate yesterday after putting five runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning, including a steal of home plate by Tom Budrewicz and a two-run triple from fellow senior Will Twiss.
“It sets the tone for us early. Gives us a little bit of breathing room and puts pressure on,” said Masconomet’s third-year head coach T.J. Baril of his team’s first inning explosion. “It lets people know that we’re here to play.
“There’s some guys in that dugout that were here last year that had real sour tastes in their mouths. We were excited to come back down to Brockton, back to Campanelli Stadium to show what we’re made of. That first inning showed what we were made of.”
Twiss’ pair of runs knocked in put the Chieftains up 5-0, giving them the confidence they needed to finish the job moving forward.
“Will is not your prototypical No. 8 hitter,” noted Baril. “He hit three for us for a while last year, and put a good swing on that ball (in the 1st inning). He’s a smart kid that doesn’t try to do too much; he just puts the on the ball, and was fortunate to hit a gap there and put two runs on the board.”
Making his second postseason start, Klingensmith went five-plus innings, struck out six, walked four and scattered four hits.