MEDFIELD – Bishop Fenwick baseball team eliminated their last four opponents in Division 3 North on their way to the state semifinals. None of these lineups were similar to the one Medfield sent out on Wednesday.
The South Champion Warriors based four home runs in the first two innings, including back-to-back-to-back shots at the bottom of the first, and never looked back in a 13-5 win that gave them the program’s very first berth in a state title game.
“I honestly think we have the best through four (hitters) in the state,” said Medfield senior Sam Palmer, who had one of the four homers and threw four solid innings. “It’s hard to bear.”
Medfield (20-1) is waiting for the opponent when the second semifinal between AMSA and Taconic was postponed by rain.
Medfield built a 9-0 lead through three innings, with the first six races all coming via the long ball. After Palmer pulled a starting pass to start the game, the fireworks began.
Jack Goodman rifled a ball to the opposite field that only cleared the fence to the right for a quick 2-0 lead. Sam Kornet followed with an explosion towards the death center, and Ben Leonard did it three-of-a-kind with a doubt to the right, and it was 4-0 before one was recorded.
“All year we’ve been trying to get out in front of people, and we were able to do that today,” said Medfield coach Dave Worthley. “I thought your kid had good things, our boys were just ready to swing the bat. And back-to-back-back races, you don’t see it in high school very often. ”
It ended Crusaders starter Anthony Marino’s day, one of five jugs used by Fenwick. Palmer went deep with one runner in the second, giving the first four Medfield strokes in a row a homer, and the Warriors added three more runs in the third.
Still, Fenwick provided some drama. The Crusaders (13-12) got three runs back in the fourth of a tiring Palmerda, two on the Scott Emerson ground-double, and could have coated two more on the fifth with two outs with pinch hit Dan Reddick, who smashed a ball down the right field line as almost made 9-6. But it was just ugly. and reliever Matt Donahue made him appear on the next pitch.
Medfield dropped the match with three at the bottom of the fifth, reaching double figures in races for the fourth time in five post-season games, and Brett Nickerson managed to finish it on the seventh before the ominous sky opened.
“We’re just trying to win the last one,” Worthley said. “It’s fun to win all these others, but our focus from the first training day of spring was to get to our last game and win the last game.”