The last time Hyde Park Sports pitcher Ted Novio took a shutout into the seventh inning, he did not finish the ballgame.
Instead, he was replaced with one out to go and had to watch a reliever surrender two dingers to spoil his string of goose eggs.
In last night’s opener of the Park League best-of-seven final, Novio wasn’t taking chances. The University of Maine senior retired Triple D’s in order in the seventh to close out a picturesque three-hitter, leading Hyde Park to a 2-0 victory.
“I tried to give them a different look on every pitch,” said Novio, who sprinkled overhand heat deliveries in with his mainstay sidearm heat and breaking stuff.
Thanks to pinpoint control, he gave them only four baserunners to spoil a sparkling six-hit performance by Triple D’s hurler Bob Duffy.
Duffy retired the first nine batters but ran into trouble in the fourth. Hyde Park sparkplug Eric Kimble led off with a triple and was promptly brought home by a John Mazzocca single. Duffy then weaseled out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam without further damage, but Novio had all the cushion he would need to dominate the duel.
The clubs’ next meeting will be Monday night at Fallon Field.
Copyright © 1990 Boston Globe, all rights reserved. Written by Michael Grunwald.