Manchester Essex baseball takes Division 4 North championship

Courtesy PhotoManchester Essex baseball, Division 4 North champs.

 

The Manchester Essex baseball team put Saturday's Division 4 North Finals against Boston English away early.

The No. 4 Hornets scored eight times in the opening frame and never looked back en route to a 16-0 win over the No. 5 Eagles.

With the win, Manchester Essex improves to 18-5 and captures the program's first ever sectional championship in just its second appearance in a sectional final. The Hornets now wait on the winner of Monday's Division 4 South championship game against St. John Paul and Abington as they will take on the winner on Tuesday at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton for the Division 4 State Semifinals (time, TBA).

Tuesday's winner advances to the Division 4 State Championship Game later this week at LeLacheur Park in Lowell against the winner of the other State Semifinal between Central champ Tahanto and West champ Hopkins Academy.

The Hornets, who won their first two postseason games by a combined three runs, did not receive a ton of push back from a Boston English team that seemed to run out of arms after advancing three rounds in the tournament. 

Five bases loaded walks led to five of the team's eight first inning runs, the other three coming in on a Luke Leavitt bases loaded double.

That run support was more than enough for freshman pitcher Kellen Heney, who picked up the win.

Manchester Essex added two more runs in the second and six more in the fifth to make it 16-0. 

Thanks to the blowout win, the Hornets could have a lot of arms ready to go on Tuesday as Dylan Wilson and Harry Painter could both be available.