, Salem, MA


May 14, 2013

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


Berg matched the zeroes Bingel put up on the scoreboard, though he had to get out of more trouble. Bornstein doubled in the fourth and was stranded. Back-to-back singles by Bingel and Keith Leavitt in the sixth also went by the boards when Berg made an excellent stab on Bornstein’s shot up the middle.

“That one almost won the game. It looked like it was headed towards being a two-run single,” said Yanchus.

Bingel conceded no baserunners and gave way to Dustin Hunt to begin extra innings. The senior fireballer walked a batter in the eighth and ended the inning when he caught him in a rundown. Hunt allowed a hit in the ninth that was erased on a double play and earned the win in relief.

“The way our guys pitched today, it would’ve been a shame if we wasted that effort,” said Bornstein, who made sure that would not be the case.

Berg got the first out of the ninth before giving way to Matt Neilson, who got the second out. With two down, Bornstein got the waist-high fastball he wanted and put it out of the ballpark.

The Prep (6-1 in league play) can win the Catholic Conference outright by beating Malden Catholic next week. If the Eagles fall and BC High wins its remaining two league contests, the teams would share the title.

Catcher Paul Crehan reached on a walk and scored on Latham’s homer for the Prep. In addition, third baseman Nick Bragole walked and stole two bags.

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