DANVERS — Trust is a two-way street for St. John's Prep pitcher Evan Roberts and yesterday against BC High, the Eagles lefthander was cruising.
Roberts surrendered just one-hit in a complete game effort as St. John's Prep won its eighth game in a row, 8-0 over visiting BC High.
The Eagles players and coaches trust Roberts to pitch his best against elite competition and the senior captain knows he can rely on the defense behind him. Roberts took a perfect game all the way into the fifth inning before BC High (6-2) broke up the bid with a two-out single.
"I threw strikes and (our catcher) Mike Geaslen called a great game," said Roberts. "I trust my catcher, I trust my coaches and I trust everyone behind me. And when we score first it makes my job so much easier."
Roberts only had three strikeouts but he kept the ball down in the zone inducing 13 groundball outs while walking no one. He faced the minimum 21 batters in seven innings as Geaslen erased BC High's only hit by throwing him out at second.
The Prep defense continues to be outstanding now having committed just three errors in nine games.
"Evan was definitely on," said SJP (8-1) head coach Dan Letarte. "He's been like this for four years. He keeps the ball down. They (BC High) are a great team and we had to keep them off the bases."
The hosts jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second when Rosario Missiti blooped one down the line to score Mark Etherington, who had stolen second base to get into scoring position.
St. John's Prep stole four bags and was extremely active on the basepaths all afternoon, giving all three BC High pitchers problems. Colin Brennan went four innings allowing five runs on seven hits before Tom Galanek came in for an inning in relief. TJ Hobin tossed the final three outs.