Spartans walk-off over rival Dartmouth High

May 6, 2022

It was the right hit at the right time for Bishop Stang baseball as the Spartans walked off their new diamond 4-3 against crosstown rival Dartmouth High Friday afternoon.

“Not all wins are pretty, but we’ll take as many as we can get,” Bishop Stang Head Coach Brian Rose said.

The Spartans struck first, scoring one run in the bottom of the first. Dartmouth quickly evened things up in the second following a sacrifice fly from catcher Christian Silva.

Bishop Stang regained the lead following an RBI single from third baseman Brayden Bennet in the second and an additional score from Aiden Cardoza in the third, but Dartmouth once again tied things up after centerfielder Nikko Morris hit a two-out, bases-loaded double in the fourth inning.

Both teams would threaten to take the lead over the next few innings, but pitching on both sides kept things tied heading into the bottom of the seventh.

“It was [well]-pitched on both sides,” Rose said. “As a former pitcher [myself], you always want to stay away from those crooked innings — giving up two, three, or four runs. Stay away from those crooked innings, you’ll always have a chance in the game.”

Rose, a Dartmouth High alum, served as a pitcher for the Red Sox between 1997 and 2001. In 1998, he was the team’s first rookie to start a home opener at Fenway since 1938.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Spartans drew a leadoff walk followed by a double from centerfielder Justin Gouveia and an intentional walk to load the bases. First baseman Seamus Marshall then singled to walk things off for Stang.

Frates said while he lamented the loss, he said he liked the effort the Indians put in against their rivals.

“Everybody had chances late,” he said. “For one reason or another, it didn’t happen [for us] — but that’s baseball.”

Bishop Stang will play again Saturday, May 7 against Archbishop Williams High School at 2:30 p.m.

The Indians will next play on Wednesday against Apponequet at the UMass Dartmouth baseball diamond.