Murphy went 52/3 innings and Dana Tennent came on for the save. The game was tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth when West exploded for nine runs to break it open en route to a 12-4 victory. Jenarro Herbert and Mike Sabella hit back to back homers to key the rally.
Herbert had two big home runs in the sectionals, hitting a two run shot against Andover, and Ari Rozopoulos collected three hits in the championship game. The defense was solid led by first baseman Herbert, second baseman Mike Silva, shortstop McCullough, and third baseman Sabella. Joe Gilmartin, who pitched the shutout win over Andover, was behind the plate in the finals. Sabella handled the catching when Gilmartin was on the mound.
“The loss to Woburn was a wake up call,” said Silva. “That was a very good hitting team, but Murphy kept them off balance with his off-speed stuff. Even in the loss our kids came alive near the end of the game with some big plays. Woburn crushed the fast ball, but Murphy did a great job fooling them.
Other key players are Joe Castrichini, J. C. Espinal, Jack Flaherty, and Jake Paragona. Silva said everybody has contributed to the team’s success, and they are a very versatile bunch that can play several positions as needed. The players celebrated winning the sectionals with a pool party before getting down to business to prepare for the states.