PEABODY — If the state was watching to see if the Peabody High baseball team could keep itself in the Super 8 conversation, the Tanners gave the powers-that-be something to see.
Senior David Apostolides went the distance and Peabody scored six times in the fifth inning to pull away from Xaverian, 9-1, at Bezemes Diamond Saturday night.
The Tanners, now 14-4, ran the gamut in their three Catholic Conference games this spring (including St. John’s Prep and Malden Catholic), posting three wins by an aggregate score of 18-2.
An experienced hurler with every offspeed pitch in the book, Apostolides scattered six hits and stranded men in scoring position in each of the first five innings to earn his second straight victory. Xaverian (6-9) led off the top of the first with Jake McLaughlin’s double and Apostolides calmly got three straight outs; that was a model of how his outing would go.
“I had to work hard for every batter. I tried to focus on each pitch because that focus is the key. You have to try to minimize the damage as much as you can,” Apostolides said.
“This was a huge win. It continues to show we can play against anyone.”
The Tanners turn their attention to today’s game at Beverly, where they can secure a league championship for the ninth straight season (two in the Greater Boston League and seven straight in the NEC with a win today).
“We turn the page very quickly — and hopefully we can carry some momentum, because Beverly plays good at home,” said Peabody coach Mark Bettencourt, who will have ace Andrew McLaughlin available.
“One of the reasons we threw David was to show that he can beat a good team that can swing the bats. He was around the zone all day, got those ground balls and that led to good defense.”