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October 12, 2012

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END OF AN ERA TONIGHT

A matchup that brought instant respect to Pinkerton Academy football ends tonight in Brockton as the Astros and Boxers collide for the 17th and what could be the final time.

“I’m not happy with this,” said Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly, noting this game is a victim of the Granite State’s new football realignment for 2013. “We will play anyone, but we have zero open dates next year. So it ends, at least for now.”

Brockton owns a 12-4 advantage in the series, having won the last five meetings. The last four have been tight till late, with Pinkerton falling by 7, 7, 14 and one point.

“From a won-loss point of view, the series hasn’t been great, but from a competitive point of view, it’s been fine,” said O’Reilly. “I can remember twice they clocked us and we got them once. Beyond that, they’ve been back and forth games.”

The final collision should be a good one. Pinkerton is 5-1, the second-rated team in New Hampshire. Brockton is 3-2, No. 15 in EMass.

“It’s been a great series for us, an honor to play them,” said O’Reilly.

THAT’S A WRAP

I’ll put the blame solely on Reds manager Dusty Baker for Cincinnati’s five-game exit in the National League Division Series to San Francisco.

Up 2-0, the Reds lost three straight at home, the 2-1 extra-innings loss in Game 3 being the series changer.

In the pivotal 10th, San Francisco had two on and two out with first base open. Baker chose to pitch to Joaquin Arias instead of walking the speedy infielder and pitching to closer Sergio Romo or a pinch-hitter.

At worst, a pinch-hitter forces San Francisco deeper into the bullpen. Instead, Arias beat out a grounder to third that Scott Rolen dropped, driving in the game-winner.

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