Newton South Varsity Baseball earned a 6-4 championship victory over Boston Latin to cap off East Boston’s sixth annual Strike Out Colon Cancer Tournament. The tournament was started in 2008 to raise money for the Boston Medical Center Colon Cancer Foundation. This is the second tournament win for Newton South in six years.
On Saturday, Senior Dylan Russo pitched a complete game win over tournament hosts, East Boston. The team won 4-3 with strong defense and some key hits. Russo struck out nine players and allowed only one walk in the win. In the championship game, Newton South starting pitcher Evan Nahabedian lifted the Lions to victory and walked away with tournament MVP honors. The junior pitched a complete game and allowed just 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 hit batter while striking out three.
“He’s been one of our best pitchers all year and he actually beat Boston Latin earlier this year,” Newton South coach and East Boston native Ron Jordan said. “He pitched great, he only gave up two hits, and he’s a kid we can build with in the future.”
Both teams scored a run in the first before putting zeroes on the board in the next two innings. Newton South scored twice in the top of the third to take a 3-1 lead, but the Wolfpack got a run back in the bottom of the inning. The Lions scored twice in the fifth to take a 5-2 lead, but Boston Latin first baseman Patrick Naughton responded with a two-run homer to left to cut the deficit to 1. Newton South tacked on an insurance run in the seventh on a solo shot by senior Sean Kelly.
“Growing up in East Boston and going to East Boston High, it means a lot to come back to the neighborhood,” Jordan said. “I’ve been coaching for 30 years and this is where I pretty much started coaching. So it’s always nice to come here. Like I tell the people from East Boston, I root for them in every game except for when they play us.”