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April 27, 2013

Buonpane helps St. John's pull away from Fenwick

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“Burke did a great job in relief,” said Yanchus. “He’s a sinker ball pitcher and gets a lot of ground balls. It’s tough not having Noe out there because he’s a great third baseman, and we miss him a lot. Tyler is also the nicest kid you’ll ever meet.”

Fenwick coach Kevin Canty was pleased with his team’s effort through the first five innings. He said he schedules tough games in order to prepare his team for what they will see in the tournament

“We played with them the first five innings, and that’s important. Our guys know they can play with anybody, but we have to keep working for the full seven innings. We kind of lost it in the sixth inning.

“We knew coming in that St. John’s is a very tough team; there’s a reason they are No. 1. The hits they got were on good pitches. We hit the ball hard, but they have a great infield. After Burke homered it was a 3-2 game. That was a big hit, but their relief pitcher stymied us for the next two or three innings.”

The Eagles banged out 11 hits with Alex Moore delivering a two run double and Keith Leavitt, Nick Latham, and Max Burt all singling. Defensively shortstop Bingel handled seven chances flawlessly.

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