Patience at the plate and an enormous strikeout from a relief pitcher paved the way for a wild St. John's Prep victory yesterday.
Rob DiFranco recorded a critical strikeout with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and the Eagles drew three walks in the bottom of the seventh to force in the game's only run in a 1-0 win over Everett. Dustin Hunt pitched well for 5 2/3 innings for the Prep (8-1), but left the game with the bases loaded. DiFranco recorded the strikeout in relief to get out of the jam.
Then in the seventh inning, DiFranco gave up a double before inducing back-to-back ground balls to set the Eagles up for their win.
Tyler Noe singled and stole second in the seventh, then scored the winner after Tommy Buonopane, Anthony Capuano and Rory Garrison each drew walks. Hunt struck out seven and issued two walks for St. John's. Buonopane, Capuano, Brandon Bingel and Dave Maher had the hits for the Eagles.
Swampscott 11, Marblehead 10: Trevor Massey (3-for-5, RBI, run), Sean O'Brien (2-for-2, 3 RBI, 2 runs) and Corey Carmody (1-for-1, RBI, 2 runs) led the Swampscott (5-2) offense. O'Brien pitched the seventh inning and earned the save.
Danvers 9, Gloucester 3: Ray Arocho went the distance and struck out 10 as the Falcons (7-1) won their seventh straight and remained undefeated in the NEC action. Dan Connors went 3-for-4 with three RBI, while A.J. Couto had a two-run double and Scott Hovey and Joe Strangie both drove in runs.
Peabody 12, Revere 3: Catcher Genaro Ciulla homered and drove in two runs as the Tanners (6-2, 5-0 NEC) won their sixth in a row. Stephen Girolamo was 4-for-5, Bobby Losanno went 2-for-3, Casey Grenier and Maynard Wheeler had two-run hits and Rob Crovo went 2-for-4. Tommy Burns earned the win on the hill, going the distance with five strikeouts.
north Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 10, Greater Lawrence 7: Matt Herlihy went the distance, allowing seven hits while striking out four. Herlihy also had a triple and two RBI. Max Brown singled and had a RBI double, while Tim Anderson finished with two RBI for the Bulldogs (3-5).
Pentucket 6, Ipswich 5: The Tigers (3-4) rallied to tie it in Kyle Barber's 2-out single, only to see the Sachems walk-off in the bottom of the seventh. Connor Whooley had two hits, including a triple, and Pat Curran has two hits with an RBI and a run scored.
Amesbury 5, Manchester Essex 2: The Hornets fell to 2-3 as Joe Burgess took the loss, allowing five hits and four earned runs.
Peabody 2, Revere 1: The Tanners (3-4) plated a run in the 10th inning as pinch-hitter Taylor Dabney singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored the winner on Katie Brunelle's double. Brunelle finished with two hits while Jess Raymond (RBI) and Holly Smith also had hits. Shelby Wilson struck out nine and allowed four hits.
Danvers 13, Gloucester 0: Samantha DiBella (2-for-3, 4 RBI), Devyn Downs (3-for-3, 4 RBI), and Kendall Meehan (2-for-2, RBI) led the way for the Falcons (5-2).
Whittier 4, North Shore Tech 0: Amanda Lucey pitched well for the Bulldogs (4-3) in the loss, allowing five hits while striking out seven. Lucey also had one of North Shore's four hits along with Alyssa King, Christina Cafiso and Kathryn Brebner.
Waring 13, Bancroft 8: Ted Lyman potted five goals and two assists as Waring improved to 4-1. Casey Ballin (2 assists), Henry Lewis (1 assist), Gus Egan and Jack Stanton (8 ground balls) all added two goals apiece while Charlie Gribbell excelled defensively.
Ipswich 12, Pentucket 10: The Tigers (2-4) held off the Sachems thanks to five goals from Peter Moutevelis and four from Cam Murray. Chris McCormack had a dominate day at the X with 19 draw wins.
St. JOhn's Shrewsbury 10, St. JOhn's Prep 9: Shrewsbury scored the last three goals of the game to beat the Prep (6-2) for the first time. Derek Osbar was dominant on faceoffs for SJP in winning 13 of 19, and Jack Sharrio scored three goals.
Swampscott 6, Salem 5: Matt Wilson and Nick Paine each had two goals for the Witches (4-4), while junior Craig Gordon had 16 saves in the loss.
Hamilton-Wenham 7, Gloucester 2: Eddie Frick and Spencer Bergholtz each scored two goals while Jake Stokes, Christian Valletti and Matt Curran also scored goals for H-W (5-2). Elliot Burr contributed three assists and Generals' goalie Grant Thompson made eight stops.
Marblehead 12, Peabody 5: Trevor Jones was a force for Marblehead with three goals and three assists, while Ian Fader and Jacob Maselek each had three goals and two assists. Brooks Tyrrell and Ian Maag contributed one goal and one assist each while Trevor Gelineau scored a goal and performed well on faceoffs. Zac Cuzner chipped in two assists for Marblehead (6-1).
Masconomet 10, Billerica 8: The Chieftains earned an impressive win over one of the top Division 1 programs in the state behind four goals from senior midfielder Tim Towler. Kurt Hunziker and Jake Gillespie each added two goals and one assist for Masco (7-2). Cam Jung and Ben Hoesley also scored for the Chieftains and Wes Shrewsbury contributed three assists. Tighe VanLenten stopped nine shots in net, and defensemen Dan Werner, Cody Caffarelli and Julian Banderek stood out.
Minuteman 12, North Shore 6: Nick Hardy scored three goals and Justin Lee added two for North Shore (3-5). Max Sciola also played well for the Bulldogs, scooping six ground balls.
Marblehead 17, Salem 4: The Magicians (5-3) got a solid all-around effort from Meggie Collins, who had three goals, three assists, four draws and five ground balls. Tyler Phillips added two goals and an assist, Cassie Rodgers had three goals and an assist, Kiley Fischer scored six with two helpers and Grace McGuirrin scored twice.
Bishop Fenwick 16, Austin Prep 12: The Crusaders were once again paced by leading scorers Anna Moulton (7 goals, 3 assists) and Grace Celona (5 goals). Annette Ruggiero (2 goals), Lexie Rose and Tessa McLaughlin also scored for the Crusaders (5-2).
Danvers 20, Swampscott 10: Jesse DePaolo led Swampscott (3-5) with five goals and Katie Zarinsky pitched in three goals and one assist. Alexa Goldman and Gillian Trask also scored for the Big Blue while Samantha Coogan made 15 saves.
Peabody 10, Beverly 8: The Tanners got three goals from Sarah Napolitano and two goals and one assist each from Nicole Napolitano and Bianca Muscato. Ali Bortone (1-1), Mikayla York and Christine Feudo also scored for Peabody (5-1). Cheyenne Jackson made 16 saves and Victoria Digiacomo and Feudo stood out defensively.
For the Panthers (5-2), Hayley Lewis had three goals and the defense was led by Katie Pietrini, Elise Dumas, Becca Kemmer, Felicity Otterbein, Maddie Curran and Rose Terner.
Beverly 94, Danvers 42: Sophomore Caitlin Harty set a new 10th grade record in the 400 with a time of 59 seconds as the Panthers improved to 4-0. Kendal Davy (hurdles, 200) and Maidson Shropshire (800, triple jump) were double winners for Beverly.
Four Falcon runners qualified for states with their first place finishes, Catalina Dominick (mile, 5:10), Angela Caldarone (long jump, 15-8), Ashley Brooks (high jump, 5-0) and Ali Houde (javelin, 89-4).
Peabody 76, Marblehead 60: For Marblehead, winners included Celina Variam (high jump), Monica Thorne (triple jump), Mimi Goetz (100), Cailin Daley (200), Paige Ferruci (800) and the 4x400 team of Ferrucci, Kelly Roland, Anna Barrell and Kathleen Huber.
Bishop Fenwick 106, Austin Prep 29: The Crusaders (3-1) got double wins from Maggie Lepley (javelin, shot put) and Rose Fantozzi (long jump, 100) and single wins from Taylor Cunningham (400), Carolyn Claveau (high jump), Becky Mercuro (200) and Arianna Maida (800).
Bishop Fenwick 96, Austin Prep 21: Shaun Farrell (shot put, discus), Dan Deschenes (800, 200), Bryon Blaisdell (triple jump, high jump) and Charlie Maistrellis (long jump, 100) each won two events to help Fenwick (3-1).
Peabody 80, Marblehead 56: Tommy Drover won the 400 hurdles (58.2), 400 (53.3) and javelin (153-4) to help the Tanners. Zach Grube added wins in the 100 hurdles (14.91) and high jump (6-5), while Drew Fossa (2-mile, 10:03.5), Nick Christensen (mile, 4:50), Jason Hiou (800, 2:04) and Austin Brewster (200, 22.7) also won individual events.
For Marblehead (3-1), Nolan Raimo (100, 11.1; long jump, 21-5) and Dan Plunkett (shot, 45-9; discus, 135-9) were the double-winners and Josh Beloff took the triple jump in 40-9.
Marblehead 4, Austin Prep 1: The Magicians grabbed a hard-fought non-league win with Chris Wigglesworth (4-6, 6-3, 6-1), and doubles teams Austin Harshbarger/Miles Barry (7-5, 6-0) and Steven Goldman/Tyler Beck (6-1, 6-3) winning. Freshman Griffin Butterfield (6-2, 7-6) earned his first varsity win at No. 2 singles as well.
Lynn English 3, Salem 1: First signles player Kevin Lam won his matches 6-0, 6-1 for the Witches (1-3).
beverly 4, st. mary's 1: The Panthers improve to 2-4 behind wins from first singles Josh Cronin (6-0,6-0), second singles Justin Brewester (6-2, 6-4), first doubles Zach Stone and Will Gotsch (6-3, 6-1) and second doubles Colby Irving and Antuan Tran (6-5, 6-4).
Danvers 4, Bishop Fenwick 1: Nick Lisichenok and Gabe Ochonski each won in straight sets at first and second singles for Danvers. The doubles teams of Jim Grace/Jimmy Cunningham (6-1, 6-0) and Steve Wilkinson/Jon Wright (6-0, 6-0) rounded out the scoring for Danvers (3-3).
Zach Mutti (6-4, 6-0) had the only win for Fenwick (0-5).
St. John's Prep 5, B.C. High 0: The Eagles easily moved to 5-0 behind singles wins from Cameron Trosin (6-1, 6-2), Chris Toner (6-0, 6-1) and Nico Limacher (6-0, 6-0). Ian Wright and Dan Cunningham won at first doubles, 6-0, 6-1, and Tim Cunningham and Jonathan Shaffer prevailed at second doubles, 6-3, 6-3.
Hamilton-Wenham 5, amesbury 0: Stuart Rowe (6-0, 6-0), Ryan Richard (6-2, 6-1) and Ben Chansky (6-0, 6-0) breezed at singles to lead the Generals to victory. Joey Mello and Joe Love also won at first doubles (6-0, 6-2), while Jacob Cline and Jacob Rendall won at second doubles (6-2, 6-0) for H-W (2-1).
peabody 5, danvers 0: The Tanners move to 3-3 behind a big win from first singles player Alaina Warren (6-0, 6-1). Jamie Donahue (6-1, 6-0) and Sarah Brennan (6-0, 6-0) each had singles wins, while Kayli Lohman/Rachel Gillis (6-0, 6-1) and Dany Chhan/Kayla Hodas (6-1, 6-0) swept in the doubles matches.
Salem State Sweeps: The Lady Vikings (29-9) took two from Framingham State, 3-2 and 9-5. Alyssa Bryan picked up her 15th win of the season by limiting the Rams to three hits and also drove in the winning run in Game 1. Katelyn Fanning won the nightcap with Jenn Touissaint, Bryan and Paige Flemming each recording two hits.
Gordon Splits: The Scots (9-26) fell to Curry 6-2 before winning the nightcap 4-2. Hannah Lawrence earned the win by holding Curry to just two hits while Liz Cheesman, Kara Pepper and Kerry McPartlan drove in runs for Gordon.
Endicott splits: The Gulls (19-14) hammed host Salve Regina, 7-0, but stumbled in a 7-3 loss in the nightcap. Nell O'Connor allowed just two hits over seven innings in the win while Colleen Martin homered and Jocelyn Russo drove in two runs.
Endicott 5, Wheaton 3: The Gulls (20-13) upset the No. 5 rankd team in New England and won their ninth straight. Tyler Hill pitched into the seventh to win and five different Gulls drove in runs: Danny Mello, Tad Gold, Eric Lemke, Mike Russo and Ralph Fidaleo.
Vikings Split: Salem State fell, 7-6, to Framingham State but rallied to win the nightcap 4-3. Brett Cahill hit two solo homers in the loss and Beverly's Felix Zamot had a 2-run blast. Ryan Hyjek struck out 10 in five innings of work in Salem State (29-9-1) win.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE
Gordon 19, Curry 8: The Scots (12-3) cruised in their final tuneup before the Commonwealth Conference playoffs begin this weekend.