The Xaverian Hawks defeated Algonquin 7-1 on Saturday to clinch the 2012 Division 1 Baseball State Championship.
The Hawks were held to just 1 hit through 4 innings, but took the lead on a Chris Hoyt 2 RBI double in the 5th that was inches from leaving the ballpark..
Alex Person struck out the side in the 6th, then sparked a rally with a leadoff double to left field. After stealing third base, Person scored Xaverian’s 3rd run when Mike LaVita reached first base and drew an errant pickoff throw.
With two outs in the bottom 6th, Tyler Wolfe drew a bases-loaded walk, forcing in Xaverian’s 4th run. Chris Hoyt stepped to the plate and knocked in another 2 runs on a single to put the Hawks up 6-1. A perfectly executed sacrifice fly in the 7th by Mike LaVita made it 7-1 Xaverian.
The 6 run lead was more than Alex Person needed, as he allowed just 1 run and 7 hits over 9 innings. The Hawks pitching staff pitched 5 complete game wins, compiled by starters Nick Ahearn, Tim Duggan, and Alex Person.
Xaverian defeated #2 Walpole, #7 Silver Lake, #6 Norwood, #8 Taunton, #1 Lowell, and #10 Algonquin during their 2012 Division 1 State Championship run. This is the school’s 3rd baseball State Championship, and 2nd State Finals appearance in 3 years. For more on the Xaverian baseball program, visit the Xaverian Brothers High School baseball page.