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June 5, 2014

baseball Royals crush Boston International

LOWELL — If the calendar says early June, chances are you can find the Georgetown baseball team playing important games.

True to form, the No. 3-seeded Royals marched into the Division IV North Finals for the fifth time in six years with an easy 12-1 victory over No. 2 Boston International yesterday at Alumni Field. Georgetown (15-7) will play the winner of today’s semifinal between top-seeded Lowell Catholic and No. 5 seed O’Bryant at a time to be determined.

“The kids have been here before,” said Georgetown coach Justin Spurr, who hopes to guide his squad to its second Eastern Mass title in his three years at the school. “That’s what we say. The thing we do before a game like this is we pump them up. We get their hearts racing, and we train them how to level things out.”

The Royals scored at least two runs every inning from the second through the fifth, but the offensive explosion hardly was needed with Patrick Slack on the mound. Despite being unceremoniously replaced with two outs in the fifth, the senior ace was unchallenged by Boston International (16-5).

“He didn’t even know he was pitching until we got on the bus,” Spurr said. “We had a couple options. We’re real confident with our pitching staff, and we had three guys ready to go today. But we chose to go with him today. He’s a big-game pitcher.”

Slack needed just 71 pitches (51 for strikes) to get through the 19 hitters he faced. He allowed three hits and only two base runners past second — both of whom were stranded at second. With six strikeouts and one walk, Slack went to a three-ball count once and a two-ball count five times. Four balls were hit out of the infield, including a bad-hop single that spoiled the no-hitter with two out in the fourth.

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