Behind Boston Herald all-scholastic pitcher Cece Imbimbo, Burlington finds itself in rivalry for a Div. 2 state title because the Red Devils enter the ultimate quarter of the season with a 13-2 file and the No. 4 seed within the newest MIAA Power Rankings.
“Our goal is to win games in the state tournament, but we’re still figuring things out,” Burlington coach Kristin Farrell stated. “When our pitching is playing at a high level we have to come through and be better offensively.”
When Imbimbo is on the mound the Red Devils protection has been largely capable of breath straightforward. The senior is averaging double-digit strikeouts, has thrown consecutive no-hitters, and fanned 20 on Tuesday in a win over Watertown. Third baseman Cassidy Soohoo, second baseman Madison King, and heart fielder Morgan Ryan are on the heart of the Red Devils lineup whereas Shea McDonald has changed into the leadoff hitter after not beginning a season in the past.
Freshman Izzy Ortiz has offered heroics together with a walk-off hit towards Arlington in an additional innings thriller.
“Shea has really stepped up this year. She originally was batting fifth pretty consistently and now we have moved her up to the leadoff spot,” Farrell stated. “She has been seeing the ball so well and really helped change our lineup.”
The Red Devils’ two losses got here in valiant efforts towards robust competitors. Every week in the past they misplaced a heartbreaking 2-1 recreation to defending Div. 2 champion Westfield after which on Monday they have been blanked 3-0 by Div. 1 contender Central Catholic. Farrell, nevertheless, believes her group can compete with the premier teams in Massachusetts.
“Our focus is to keep getting better,” Farrell stated. “It’s hard sometimes because for the most part we’ve been winning games but we have something new to improve on every day and they’re working on that at practice.”
Andover southpaw untouchable up to now
Andover sophomore left-hander Chris Jaillet enters the center of May with a 4-0 file and a 0.00 ERA. Over 25.1 innings he has struck out 35 hitters whereas permitting simply eight hits. He has thrown a pair of no-hitters.
The Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association (MBCA) awarded 4 $1,000 scholarships within the identify of Edwin T. Fratkman, and former baseball coach and principal at Newton South. Scooter Beverly (Framingham), Chris Goode (Franklin), Ryan Boyce (Northbridge), and Jack Fehlner (Newburyport) have been the 2022 seniors to obtain the scholarship. All 4 are presently freshmen in school.