Brookline Advances to Tourney Play
Win over Woburn takes Under 14 All Stars into postseason.
Brookline used a nine-run third inning to charge ahead of Woburn and stay there for good, but it wasn't the crack of the bats that sparked the big surge. Brookline worked six walks and took advantage of two errors by Woburn in the inning to pile up enough breathing room.
"We've been saying all season that patience is what brings results," said Brookline manager Michael Normant. "Not just with the walks, but it forces (the pitcher) to come after you and then we have guys smoking the ball."
Brookline loaded the bases with one out in the inning and scored on a bobble and a throwaway by the shortstop. The next four batters would be walked — three of those walks forced home a run — and Austin Cohen delivered with a 2-RBI base hit to left field to drive in runs number 10 and 11.
What made the big inning more important was the fact that Brookline only walked away with one run in the bottom of the second after loading the bases with nobody out. A chance like that to get runs in a big game usually doesn't come around twice, but Brookline made sure it didn't come up empty again.
"You can't squander that," said Normant. "You can't have innings like that where you don't get them in. I think they knew that. I think they knew what they had to do to get those runs across."
Andrew Corcoran was steady over the first four innings of the game, only surrendering two runs on six hits while striking out four.
"He's been good all season," Normant said of Corcoran. "He did enough for us to win tonight."
Noah Horning and Marcus Ross pitched the final two innings to send Brookline into the next round. Brookline will play this Saturday in Framingham in the trophy round. The team will be joined by Woburn, Lexington and Melrose — a team Brookline has beat twice.