Schmitt led the attack with three hits and scored all three times. Kukas went 2 for 3 with a pair of run producing singles and also walked.
Van Tuyl, who is from Marblehead, gave up a run in the second inning, but got out of a bases loaded jam by striking out Andrew Cerci and getting Wesley Michalak to ground out. Lexington Christian threatened in the fourth, but left runners on second and third when Van Tuyl caught Michalak looking at a called third strike for the final out.
“My fast ball was moving well, and they weren’t able to catch up to it,” said Van Tuyl. “Our defense was very good, and we got the hits when we needed them. Our goal was to win the EIL championship, and we did it. Now we’re hoping to get a spot in the New England’s which start on Monday.”
The Highlanders tacked on two more runs in the third inning to take a 5-1 lead. Griffin Beal singled to left field to score Schmitt, who was aboard, and John Lucey’s sacrifice fly plated the other run. Beal also made the defensive play of the game in the fifth inning, diving to catch a sinking pop up.
They broke it open with three more runs in the fourth when Fulmer and Mitchell singled to open the inning. Fulmer scored on a ground out by Ryan St. Pierre and Mitchell came home on a wild pitch. Kukas came through again with a solid single to knock in a run.
“We’ve got great senior leadership on this team, especially our captains (Fulmer, Jeff DePiero from Beverly, and Van Tuyl),” said Powers. “Now we’ll wait for the New England seedings to be announced.”