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May 14, 2013

Walk-off homer gives St. John's Catholic Conference crown

DANVERS — St. John’s Prep senior Dave Bornstein hit the ball hard, straight into the glove of B.C. High pitcher Trent Berg in the sixth inning of yesterday’s Catholic Conference showdown.

When he came up in the ninth, the Eagles’ first baseman made sure there would be no glove around to foil him.

Bornstein sent a walk-off, solo home run deep to center field, lifting St. John’s to a 3-2 win over visiting Boston College High. The Eagles (15-1) won their 15th straight contest and clinched at least a share of the Catholic Conference title.

“I was thinking ‘Wow, I just did it,’” Bornstein said, asked what went through his mind as he rounded the bases with his teammates gathering to mob him at home plate.

“This was one of our biggest games of the year, and you always think about making a play like this in a big game. It’s a good feeling to go out and do it.”

St. John’s got all its runs yesterday thanks to the long ball. Sophomore Nick Latham hit a 2-run homer off Berg in the second inning, giving the Eagles a short-lived 2-0 lead.

BC High (9-4) got the runs back in the top of the third. St. John’s starter Brandon Bingel walked the first two batters and was burned when Ryan Tufts came through with a two-run single.

It was the only hit allowed by Bingel. The Eagles’ senior righty retired the last 13 batters he faced after the runs scored and struck out eight.

“I think Brandon was pretty excited about the game and was off early. He was getting behind (hitters) and it felt like he walked as many as he’s walked all year,” said St. John’s coach Pat Yanchus. “After that, he really settled in.”

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