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September 6, 2009

The 10 Greatest North Shore high school games of the Last 20 Years, No. 4: Herculean Effort; Allison's 156-pitch gem, theft of home toppled Antonelli in star-studded showdown

Allison's 156-pitch effort, theft of home toppled Antonelli in star studded showdown


"The very same thing happened to us at B.C. High, except that time the ball was thrown from the outfield. There was a collision at home and the umpire threw their guy out of the game," Yanchus said after the game. "It's the umpire's judgement — I guess in his estimation there was no collision. But I saw a collision."

Despite a 10-minute delay as the call was argued, the umpires refused to budge. Allison's leap constituted an attempt to avoid the collision, they ruled.

The play, and the outcome, have remained a thorn in the sides of the Eagles for years — only adding to the contest's lore.

"It's a touchy subject. That's kind of a game you don't bring up," said Garrity.

The Closer

Allison had one more trick up his sleeve. After the unflappable Antonelli singled to lead off the ninth, Peabody's No. 9 came in from right field and returned to the hill.

"I will never forget him coming back into that game," said Garrity. "When you're on the mound, it's 100 percent. You go seven innings and your legs start getting tired and your arm gets fatigued.

"To stop and come back and, after eight warm-up pitches, blow them away — that's a freak of nature."

Allison fanned DeYoung to get things going and retired Day on a sharp grounder. He then struck out Rich Gallugi with his 156th pitch of the night to end it.

"I threw 156 pitches? I don't care. We get to play again," Allison said afterward, remarkably showing little regard for his prized right arm despite having been taken 16th overall by the Marlins days earlier.

"He refused to lose. He kept saying it over and over again. He absolutely refused to lose," Nizwantowski said.

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