DANVERS – Izaviah Hong clocked the event with 14 kills and 10 touchdowns, as Lowell High’s six -man baseball team competed in the No. 1 seed. 3 St. 1 Hope Four.
With the win, Lowell moved on to play Westford’s second or No. 7 Natick on Monday in Billerica. It was the first time Lowell had excelled in this school history.
“I don’t speak after all the years I’ve been studying,” said Lowell coach Paul McCarthy. “This is a big group of kids. They will not leave. Lots of kids came up today and I really enjoyed them. “
The Red Raiders seemed to have shocked St. Louis. John took the first two sets 25-23, 25-12, putting the Falcons on the ropes in their own nest. Prep returned a 25-18 record, but Lowell ended dreams of a Prep comeback during a tight grip and a heartbeat recorded in the fourth and fourth. set hope 27-25.
“It feels good,” Hong said. “I am proud to be here and I really appreciate my team. In my head, I just thought we couldn’t be happier. We need to continue the game as it seems below. Come back and play hard. “
After the game started, St. Louis was reunited. However, they could not find the key they were looking for.
“They played much better today,” the St. Louis coach said. John and Kara Brown. “We have bad phones. While you’re building time and getting it, it’s kind of knocking you down. There’s nothing you can do.
Lowell took little time to introduce themselves to the saints of St. Louis. Senior Mustafa Salih (eight kills, nine blocks) stood tall in some big blocks, while Cody Fitzpatrick (13 kills, four blocks) saw his niche doing some clutch kills, creating a a leader that Lowell will not leave for the entire set.
Alex Chea (36 assists, 14 digs) and Tevin Lout (10 kills, 14 digs) traded a few kills and dug in the second set, providing a good time, while recording leading 2-0. It was a terrible thing for St. Louis.
“They were a good game, organized, volleyball,” Brown said.
St. is looking for. Team type Chris Sabo, seen as the captain in the action, led the team to a 25-15 victory. Senior captain Daniel Schorr, Dimitrios Vamvouklis and new Michael Wagner are also key players in the offense pushing for a fourth -place finish in the ties.
But in the end Lowell won, with Salih picking up the tournament score sending the Red Raiders into the final four.
According to McCarthy, the win is a testament to the resilience of his team.
“These Lowell kids play park and play a lot all the time,” McCarthy said. “We have an important team that can train against every day. That’s different. Luckily, we haven’t seen St. John’s this season. I think we’ve been looking for them, but I’m happy for the kids.
The coach wants the simplicity of his team, with each player giving a significant role on the field, from Hong and Lout to Cesar Joseph (seven kills, seven blocks).
“I had the best center in the state in Alex Chau,” McCarthy said. “And (at the time) I lost a starter Cody Fitzpatrick who came up. He had a good night too. We were a little scared, but we stayed down.”
For Fitzpatrick, who started the season as a member of the JV before joining the senior team due to an injury, there is nothing like playing in a playoff space.
“He’s good,” Fitzpatrick said. “Indeed, it was the last eight, so it was very difficult. It’s just crazy.
And with the last four kicks on Monday, that’s just the beginning.
“Heaven is the limit now,” McCarthy said.