Photo: Cal Christofori pitching in relief in the 7th inning during Belmont’s 6-3 victory over Arlington, April 17.
Like students who waits until the last minute to complete their work, the Belmont High School Baseball team has been biding their time until the late innings to eek out a pair of victories.
After Belmont snuck by Stoneham, 8-6, on Tuesday, April 14, the team scored four runs in the penultimate at-bat to defeat Arlington, 6-3, on Friday, April 17, at Grant Field in Belmont.
The wins, along with a blow out of Watertown in the season opener, sends the Marauders into the spring break undefeated, sporting a 3-0 record overall and in the Middlesex League and providing the players some needed confidence.
“The thing we preached in the beginning of the year was mental toughness and they are buying into it,” said Belmont Head Coach Jim Brown.
“They were losing a couple of games and it’s not phasing them and they are getting the bats going as well,” Brown said.
Friday’s heroics came the arm and the bat of Robbie Montanaro who threw two shutout innings in relief of starter Cole Bartels and stroked a two-out, two-run single to score Bartels and catcher Cal Christofori to push Belmont ahead, 5-4, after trailing by a run entering the bottom of the fifth.
Centerfielder Nick Riley’s double sent Montanaro home for the final run in the four-run fifth.
Riley scored the first run in the second inning, scoring on Bryan Goodwin double.
Monanaro’s run scoring hit was part of the first-baseman/pitcher’s three-RBI day, having scored Bartels in the third with a single.
Christofori moved from catching pitches to throwing them to earn the save hurling a one-hit final inning.
It will be a busy time after the spring recess when Belmont plays on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week.
“We have four games the week we get back so they have to be focused like they’ve been so far,” said Brown.