By Joseph Prezioso
Josue Baez delivered a clutch, two-run triple to give the East Boston High School baseball team a dramatic 5-4 victory over St. Mary’s in the State Tournament Monday at East Boston Stadium.
Head coach Kory Giberti called on the freshman Baez in a pinch-hitting role with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Eastie trailed 4-1 heading in to its final at-bat but the Jets rallied for four runs to edge St. Mary’s, the defending Division 3 state champion.
Euddy Brito pitched a strong game for Eastie, going all seven innings while allowing seven hits and striking out four batters.
First baseman Nick Giardina, second baseman Joe Giardina, and shortstop Darick Tolbert provided excellent defensive support for the Jets.
Giberti was excited about one of Eastie’s biggest wins in years.
“We stayed in the game – our freshman pitcher, Euddy Brito kept us in the game all day,” said Giberti. They battled and we stayed within striking distance and we strung some stuff together at the end and I had my freshman come in and it worked out. This was a total team effort.”
Giberti told Brito, a freshman, after the game, “You got stronger as the day went on, you kept us in that game and I’m so incredibly proud of you and everybody on this team.”
East Boston (16-4), which beat Amesbury, 4-3, in the tournament opener, will play No. 1 seed North Reading (19-3) today (Wednesday) in the semifinals at Fraser Field in Lynn.