After a handful of cancellations and rainouts, the South Boston Sr. Babe Ruth team was finally able to open up the 2021 season on the road at Monroe Park in Quincy.
Wollaston jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom first inning on Southie starter Bobby Delaney. Delaney would settle in after that and went on to strike out 8 while scattering 4 hits over 6 innings of work.
The Wollaston lead stood until the top of the 4th inning when Logan Crowley ripped a single to left field scoring Brian Miller who reached base after drawing a walk. Kevin Culley was next up and hit into a fielders choice that would score Crowley to tie the game up 2-2.
In the top of the fifth inning, Michael Brooks’ sacrifice fly made it a 3-2 ballgame and Jack Feeney later came around to score what would prove to be the game winning run on an error by the Wollaston pitcher.
Wollaston brought the pressure on in the final inning as Delaney, now well over 100 pitches, walked the first 3 batters with one scoring on a wild pitch to cut the Southie lead to 4-3. With the game winning run on second base, Delaney proceeded to strike out the side giving Southie an opening night win in a nail-biter.
The boys were back on the road at Watson Park for a Father’s Day afternoon match against Braintree that gave the Southie dads plenty to cheer about.
Lefty James Buzzell took the mound for his first start of the season and kept the Braintree hitters at bay scattering 4 hits and adding 5 K’s over 5 innings of work. Buzzy got all the run support he needed as the Southie bats wore down the Braintree starter to the tune of 13 hits and 13 runs in 5 innings. A 13-4 final score was the result in this one.
Kevin Culley (3 Hits/3 RBIs) and Logan Crowley (3 Hits/2 RBIs) again paced the offense for South Boston. Michael Brooks, Buzzell, Bobby Delaney, Jack Feeney (3RBIs) and rookies Declan Callahan and Owen Lahey all added hits in the big win.
The team has several upcoming home games including Sunday June 27th vs South End Astro’s 5pm, Monday June 28th vs Wollaston #2 6pm, and Thursday July 1st for a rematch of last season’s championship round against Norwood at 6pm. Grab you favorite beach chair and come on down to King Field at Moakley Park to catch some great baseball.