But when Lessard gave up a one-out single to Stoneham’s No. 9 hitter, Erik Mooney, in the seventh, Canty went to his bullpen and brought in closer Brian Burke. Stoneham (14-8) didn’t flinch, drawing a walk, a single by Ben Allen, an RBI fielder’s choice by Andrew Cann to tie it up and an RBI single to center from Bobby Giordano to take a 4-3 lead.
Andrews, who went the distance for Stoneham, was charged with an error as pinch hitter Robbie Carrillo reached base to begin the bottom of the seventh. An infield single by speedster Eric Razney put two runners on before Oliviera’s booming shot to right ended the game.
“Coach was trying to keep us focused,” Olivieri said of his team’s mindset prior to the bottom of the seventh. “No one was down; he wanted to keep us all amped up.”
Razney, also a sophomore, had a huge part in Fenwick’s win simply by using his greatest gift: his feet. With the Crusaders down 2-1 in the fifth, he hit a slow roller to shortstop that he not only beat out for a hit, but caused a throwing error on the play that allowed teammate Mike Campatelli to score the tying run. Razney then stole third base, drawing another erroneous throw from the Stoneham catcher, and scampered home with the go-ahead run.
“Because he’s so fast, he can steal any base at any time. He has the green light at any time,” Canty said of Razney, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. “He’s not your typical No. 9 guy; he’s probably faster than any leadoff hitter around. That’s what he’s done all year for us; he’s had some struggles at the plate, but when he gets on base he’s very dangerous.