The Ipswich baseball team hasn't put it all together yet, but the Tigers have been making a charge recently.
Ipswich stole 10 bases, including some home-plate thievery in the sixth inning, and held on for an 8-7 win over Hamilton-Wenham. The Tigers are now 3-3 overall with two straight wins.
"The pitching isn't where it was (at the beginning of the season). We made some mistakes in the zone, which we haven't been making, but the offense is improving," Ipswich coach Gardy O'Flynn said. "We're showing patience at the plate and running pretty well."
Dan O'Flynn and Dan Carey each stole three bases and scored three runs for Ipswich. Carey stole home in the top of the sixth to add to the Tigers' lead.
Connor Whooley had two hits, two RBI and two runs for Ipswich.
Marblehead 7, Everett 0: Perhaps inspired by the first-base bench dedication to old-time Marblehead baseball players William "Esso" Haines (Class of 1948) and Dr. George MacDonald (Class of '51), the Magicians picked up a huge non-conference victory. Sophomore righty Brian Daly allowed only three hits over five innings while striking out four to pick up the win.
Senior Will Quigley delivered the big blow in the five-run third inning with a three-run triple. Casey Stead also reached base four times (two hits, two walks) and scored three runs.
Swampscott 14, Wayland 3: Trevor Massey collected four hits, three RBI and two runs to power the Big Blue (4-2) to a road win. Nick Meninno (3 hits, RBI, run), A.J. Baker (2 hits, 3 RBI, run), Robert Serino (2 hits, 2 RBI, 3 runs) and Mike Walsh (2 hits, 2 RBI) also had big offensive games for Swampscott.
nORTH aNDOVER 2, mASCONOMET 1: Masco's Jeff Daniels went head-to-head in a pitching dual with North Andover's Brandon Walsh. Daniels struck out five and gave up only two hits and Speros Varinos came in for the final two innings to take the loss giving up two hits in two innings for the Chieftains.
Masconomet 9, Reading 6: Tim Towler led the way for the Chieftains (5-2) with a goal and an assist. Wes Shrewsbury, Kurt Hunziker and Jake Gillespie each had two goals and an assist in the win, while Tighe Van Lenten had 10 saves in goal.
Pingree 8, Christian Academy 1: The Highlanders (1-2) played a nine-match format on Saturday, with wins from first singles player Sam Torto (8-6) and second singles player Erin Cunningham (8-4). Torto also won a doubles match with partner Rachael Berman (8-6) and Cunningham won her doubles match with Casey Torto (8-3).
SSU takes twinbill against MCLA: Five different Vikings (26-8-1) registered at least two hits in the opener which SSU claimed 9-1 over the Trailblazers before beating MCLA 16-4 in game two. Matt Kerr allowed just one run on three hits to improve to 8-0 on the season in game one, while in the nightcap Ethan Trowt and Brett Cahill combined for six hits with Ed Deren picking up the win. Head coach Ken Perrone, who is retiring at the season's end, was honored prior to the game.
Scots Broom Wentworth: Gordon defeated Wentworth 1-0 in extra innings in the opener, then won 4-2 in the second game to complete the sweep over its conference foe. Gordon improved to 8-6 in CCC play thanks to a lights-out pitching performance from Brian Harrington and an RBI single from Eric Wolak in the eighth inning of the opener. In game two, Geoff Brown blasted a two RBI single to plate the game-winning runs.
ENDICOTT 2, Brandeis 1: Danny Mello (Peabody) had a pair of hits for Endicott (19-13) and scored in the bottom of the eighth on a sacrifice fly to left by E.J. Martinez. The win gives Endicott eight straight.
SSU 12, UMass Boston 11: Matt Whited recorded the game-winning goal for SSU, which used a four-goal second quarter to claim a lead the Vikings (4-10) would not relinquish. Kyle Tuneburg recorded 13 stops in the win. Dave Patnaude was 10 for 18 at the faceoff and scooped up a team-high five ground balls along with Tuneburg.
Gordon 16, Maine Maritime 7: Ian Knechtle, Dan Perednia, Adam Quinn and Wes Chittick recorded a goal each to help the Scots take a commanding 4-0 lead early. Chittick led Gordon with two goals and five assists.
Endicott 12, Nichols 6: Endicott (8-7) scored six, third-quarter goals and got a strong game from Beverly native Nick Pinciaro, who had two goals and two assists. Brendan Eppley and Connor Prescott added two goals each while keeper Tom Burke made four first-half saves to earn the win.
SSU 7, Rhode Island 2: Salem State (8-6) captured two of three doubles matches as Eglis Bizhoti/Matt Lee and Kenny Hodgkins and Jong (Joe) Kim claimed victories at second and third doubles respectively.
Endicott 9, Curry 0: A sweep across the board helped Endicott (9-9) bump its CCC record to 5-2. Olivier Joggi and Jake Cohen took first doubles with both adding singles victories along ith Justin Warshavsky, Eric Gandrup, Mike Laurentano and Corbin Tulley.
SSU SWEEPS MCLA: It was senior day and the Vikings (27-9) honored Gabbie Vitale (Danvers), Ashley Aldred, Michelle Grifoni (Peabody) and Katelynn Fanning before a doubleheader against MCLA. Then, SSU honored its elders by sweeping the Trailblazers 9-1 and 8-0. Jeanette Doucette ripped a two RBI single to spark a six-run second inning in the opener as Alyssa Brown fanned six to get the win. In game two, Fanning was spectacular allowing just one hit in six innings of work. Sarra Bergeron, Aldred and Vitale all went 2-for-3 in the game with Grifoni adding a triple and a run scored.
SCOTS SWEPT: Salve Regina earned a pair of wins, 13-1 and 3-0, against the Scots, who are now 3-13 in CCC play. Kerry McPartlan recorded the lone RBI on the day for Gordon.
Gulls Split with Roger Williams: Endicott (18-13-1) needed a big three-run homer from Nicole Devlin to beat Roger Williams 3-0 in the second game of a doubleheader after the Gulls fell in the opener 9-7. Endicott rallied down by nine to score six runs in the bottom of the fifth but couldn't complete the comeback. Devlin added a RBI double in game one.
Framingham State 16, SSU 14: Kaitlyn Shidler potted two goals to start the game for Salem State (7-5) but the Rams rallied to score the next six and ultimately dispatched the Vikings. Bridget Dullea led SSU with six goals.
Gordon 20, Roger Williams 9: With three goals, four assists and 13 draw controls, Stephanie Fitzgerald powered Gordon (11-3) to its fourth Commonwealth Coast Conference win. Anna Blomberg added three goals and three assists to go with five draw controls, Jordan Alexander added four goals and both Jocie Knaus and Jane Dietrich added three goals each for the Scots.
Endicott 18, Nichols 7: Morgan DeShaw recorded her 200th career point as part of an eight-goal outburst as Endicott (10-5) bumped its CCC record to 7-0. Lauren Todd added three goals while Holly Davis and Callie Murphy added a pair of markers each.