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June 13, 2014

On Baseball: For Masco, 1 team approach made 1 dream a reality

BROCKTON — It’s hard to miss the block-white number 1 on the back of the Masconomet baseball team’s warmup shirts.

The 1 is meant to represent the team concept: 1 group, focused on 1 goal.

In other words, 1 for all — and all for 1.

Yesterday in the Division 2 state championship game at Campanelli Stadium, the Chieftains finished a season that was 1 for the ages.

Masconomet downed Westwood, 10-2, to win the school’s second state baseball championship. In dispatching the Division 2 South champion Wolverines, seemingly with ease, the Chieftains wrapped up a nearly flawless season at 22-2.

“We said ‘let’s play the best seven innings of our life’ and that’s what we did,” senior Will Twiss said. “Nothing I could picture could live up to this.”

A year ago, Masconomet fell at Campanelli in the Division 2 state semifinals. When the Chieftains left the field this time, it was covered in confetti thrown by an overzealous fan. They left the City of Champions as state champions and were met in Middleton by a celebratory police escort back to Masconomet Regional High School.

“We knew we wanted to get back here,” said senior captain Tommy Budrewicz. “For us, the goal was to go out with the greatest possible season that we could.”

Masconomet set the tone in the first inning, jumping all over Westwood starter Eric Bamford for five runs. The first batter, sophomore Elias Varinos, doubled and Joe Klingensmith hit him home. Chris Rich drew a bases loaded walk to make it 2-0, and with Westwood on the ropes the Chieftains got aggressive for a momentum knockout.

With the speedy Budrewicz on third — directly in front of the visiting Westwood dugout, no less — Masconomet put the steal sign on.

“Every time Tommy’s on third, he says he’s got it. He gave me the look, we talked about it a little ... and we decided to go,” said head coach T.J. Baril, who in two years at Masconomet has guided his team to a 41-8 record. “In the first inning of a state championship game, that sets the tone. We’re here, and we mean business.”

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