DANVERS — “This one was for Ty,” said St. John’s Prep second baseman Tommy Buonopane after his four hit, four RBI performance led the Eagles to their tenth straight win, an 11-2 non-league victory over Bishop Fenwick.
Prep captain Tyler Noe was injured in the win over B.C. High earlier in the week, and until the results of the MRI on his shoulder are available, it is not known how long the hard hitting third baseman will be out of the lineup. Buonopane, who played on some outstanding Peabody West Little League teams with Noe, said nothing had been officially said before the game, but every member of the team was playing for their injured captain.
The top of the order did the bulk of the damage for St. John’s. Buonopane, a tri-captain, led off the bottom of the first by homering to tie the game at 1-1. The next time up he delivered an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch. But he wasn’t done yet, blasting his third homer of the season and second of the game in the fifth inning, and finishing up with an RBI double in the sixth.
“It was a tight game for a while, but we had the long ball going,” said Prep coach Pat Yanchus. “Tommy hit better than for the cycle with those two home runs, double, and single. He got momentum going for us right away.”
With the victory the Eagles improved to 10-1 and qualified for the state tournament. No. 2 batter Nick Bragole, who took over at third base, went 3-for-4 with round trippers in the fifth and sixth innings. His second dinger was a three run shot in the big inning when St. John’s sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs to put the game out of sight.