B.J. Flynn was sending the runner all the way. Flynn, the Hyde Park Sports manager and third base coach, was determined to tie the game.
Trailing, 1-0, to Triple D’s with two outs in the fourth inning, Hyde Park Sports had runners on first and second. Richie Figueroa clubbed a single to left, and Flynn began pumping his arm in windmill fashion. He was sending runner John Mazzocca all the way.
The throw from left fielder Jay Adams got to the plate about the same time Mazzocca did. But as catcher Mike Ferraro reached to tag Mazzocca, the ball squirted out of his glove and scooted away.
Mazzocca was safe, and Barney Earle came in to score behind him after the ball had gotten loose. Hyde Park had more than tied the game. It led, 2-1, and went on to cruise to an 8-1 victory last night at Stewart Diamond in Roslindale to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Park League championship series. Game 3 is 8 p.m. tonight at Kelly Field in Hyde Park.
“I had to make him score,” Flynn said. “I wanted to make them make the play. We were lucky the ball got away, but you have to take a chance with two outs. With no outs, I might not have have sent him.”
The gamble worked. Hyde Park got on track and scored in each of the next two innings for the 8-1 final.
Dave Flynn pitched a complete game and did not walk a batter in notching the victory.
“My slider was working well the first couple innings, and then my fastball,” Flynn said. “I’m a ground-ball pitcher and I have the confidence that the infield is going to make the plays.”
Triple D’s managed its run in the third. Adam Mastrangelo led off by looping a single to right, and he moved to third on a two-base throwing error. He scored on John O’Leary’s bouncer to second.
Hyde Park took a 3-1 lead in the fourth, then added two more in the fifth without a base hit, scoring on two errors and two groundouts.
In the sixth, RBI singles by Dan Mahoney and Eric Kimble sandwiched around a sacrifice fly by Sam Conte completed the scoring.
Although his club is ahead, 2-0, in the series, manager Flynn knows that matters are far from resolved.
“This is going to be a long series,” he said. “Triple D’s, these guys are fighters. They’ll be back.”
Copyright © 1990 Boston Globe, all rights reserved. Written by Victor Chi.