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July 27, 2013

Peabody West tops Holden at Massachusetts Final Four

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Leadoff hitter Josh Cerratani went 5-for-5 on the day, with a triple, a homer and four RBI to wrap up his superb showing at the plate.

"That's why he's the leadoff batter," Aiello smiled after hearing Cerratani's numbers for the day. "He does his job, he gets on base and that's what the leadoff guy is supposed to do." 

He also pitched in relief, allowing just two runs (one earned), two strikeouts and got himself out of a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the third. 

It can get a little chaotic managing the pitch count, who can pitch when over the four-day span. Benea, however, only went with two pitchers on the day as Jonathan Polignone pitched the first half of the game, while Cerratani closed it out. 

"It can get pretty crazy and you have even think days ahead," explained Aiello. "You have to keep the pitch count and then you still have to gauge if the kid still has it on the mount." 

Seven Peabody West batters drove in at least one run in and four hitters drove in multiple runs. Nearly every player reached base once and 11 had hits in the game. 

Shortstop Nick Iannuzzi went 4-for-5, including two RBI and a home run, while Marshall finished 3-for-4 on the day with five RBI. Jonathan Polignone was 4-for-5 with a RBI and Cooper Jaques went 2-for-3 with a RBI. 

Peabody wasn't necessarily playing for the 10-run rule, but they were just trying to finish the game as quickly as possible. The five inning contest finished just shy of two and half hour mark. 

"We couldn't wait to get off that field, it was a long game," added Aiello. "The goal was really to keep as few runs against as possible. We were kind of upset that we gave up two more in the bottom of the fifth, because that's one of the tie breakers and we need to be concerned about that."  

 

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