Lowell wins sixth straight city high school baseball title

AT&T PARK — It was a storybook ending for Alex Bradshaw, Owen Mahoney and the rest of the Lowell Cardinals.

A dominant pitching performance by Bradshaw and three runs in the bottom of the sixth made the difference as the Cardinals won a sixth consecutive Academic Athletic Association title, 3-0 over the Mission Bears on Monday afternoon.

Bradshaw went six shutout innings, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out six, and he would score the game’s first run on a sharp grounder to third by Cameron Tong..

As was the case in Thursday’s semifinal win, Lowell (22-9) once again got a big hit from the bottom of the order. This time, it was No. 8 hitter Devlin Stanley, who delivered a two-out, two-run single to provide the necessary insurance.

From there, it was Mahoney who finished it off, pitching a perfect seventh with a pair of strikeouts to record the save and set off yet another Cardinal AAA championship celebration, the fourth for Mahoney.

It made for a disappointing end for Mission (17-9), which got a stellar outing from Adam Sabatino, who held Lowell scoreless until that sixth inning. Ultimately, errors in the sixth proved costly and doomed the Bears to a championship loss, depriving the program of its first title since 1990.

The aura surrounding the Mission program is still a positive one. The Bears’ supporters outnumbered Lowell fans significantly, and they quickly started a standing ovation to salute the underdogs as soon as the celebration subsided.

Ethan Kassel
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