The Waltham High baseball team was unfazed as a an early, 5-0 lead against Boston Latin turned into a one-run deficit going into the bottom of the seventh inning on Saturday.
It just meant it was time for one more comeback for a team that is finding a way to pull games out in the late innings this spring that may have gotten away from it a year ago.
This time, the Hawks were down 9-7 in the sixth inning after leading 5-0 and 7-2. Waltham got one back in the sixth, then Billy Sameski led off the seventh and was hit by a pitch. He stole second and Nick Caliri sacrificed him to third.
That’s when James Giugno stepped up to the plate and ripped a double to left-center that tied the game.
“He hit it pretty well there,” said Waltham coach Mike Peterson. “We were kind of back and forth about a pinch-hitter there. But we decided to give him a shot and he hit it a long way.”
Thomas Muizulis was up next and executed a bunt for a single, and Giugno was sent around third with the throw going to first. Giugno beat the relay home and the Hawks had their third win in five tries this season.
“That’s how it’s been all year for us so far,” Peterson said. “We have been stressing not to give up no matter what the score. And they have been buying into that. It never got negative when Boston Latin came back on us, and they’ve been fighting to get back into the other games too.”
That was the case against Medford when the Hawks ran into a tough pitcher and were down 2-0 into the fifth inning before ripping off six runs in the sixth inning and six runs in the seventh inning to draw clear for a 15-5 victory.
Gerard Jelloe went 4-for-6 with four RBI and three runs scored, Ryan Williams was 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI and Anthony Maione was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in that game.
The Hawks were to travel to Cooperstown, N.Y. over vacation week to face Lincoln-Sudbury, but Peterson said he was informed the fields in upstate New York are not yet in playable condition with the cold and periodic snow. So, instead, the Hawks did a team activity on Monday before setting their sights on a game against Westford on Thursday.
“The league looks like its wide open this year,” Peterson said. “Lincoln-Sudbury has two losses, Acton-Boxboro has two losses, Newton South is 2-0. Boston Latin is scrappy and makes you work. Every game is going to be a tough game where everyone is fighting.”
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