Sophomore Ryan Collins went 2-for-3 on the day, including a two RBI, two out single in the sixth inning, which proved to be the game winning hit as Peabody escaped with a 3-2 victory over defending Division 1 state champion Xaverian.
The shortstop also recorded the final four outs to preserve the 3-2 lead.
“To drive all the way to Xaverian and walk away with a win is a very exciting way to start our season,” said head coach Mark Bettencourt. “In my opinion we open with the best two teams in the state and have the Prep on Saturday. It definitely gives us confidence going forward.”
Andrew McLaughlin picked up the win, going five innings for the Tanners, while David Apostolides picked up the save. Catcher Brandon Polignone was very strong defensively, throwing out three base runners in the game.
Masconomet 6, Haverhill 1: The Chieftains picked up a win in new head coach T.J. Baril’s debut. Speros Varinos was sharp on the mound, striking out the first seven batters he faced and finishing with 11 Ks over 4 1/3 innings. He allowed three hits, walked one and surrendered one earned run. Tommy Budrewicz worked the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.
Joe Klingensmith led the offense with two hits and two RBI, and Varinos, Will Twiss and Greg Dougherty each had two hits and one RBI.
Notre Dame 18, Bishop Fenwick 4: Annette Ruggiero scored three times to lead Fenwick, but the Crusaders ran into a powerhouse. Grace Celona added one goal and one assist and Vicky Caruso also scored. Katie Hart, Jackie Hart, and Monica Poeske played well for Fenwick (1-2).
peabody 15, north shore tech 2: The Tanners improve to 2-0 on the season as senior Bianca Muscato netted three goals and two helpers. Nicole Napolitano added five goals and an assist, Courtney Smith had two goals and an assist, while Sarah Napolitano added a pair of goals and two assists. Victoria Digiacomo and Christa Trombley played well defensively.
Salem 15, Lowell 5: The Witches exploded for 15 goals behind four goals and six assists from Alexa Gilbert and six goals from Emily Coelho. Courtney Maurice (1 goal, 6 assists) and Shayna Hall (1-4) also had big offensive games while Xhulia Kanani, Kristina Leblanc, and Lia Buonfiglio had one goal apiece.
Philine Peperkamp chipped in with two assists and senior goalie Danielle Pynn made 13 saves for Salem (1-0).
Groton 10, Pingree 2: The Highlanders got a goal and an assist from both Jerome Cappadona and Max Trotsky as they dropped their opener.
Swampscott 4, Masconomet 1: For the Big Blue, No. 1 singles player sophomore Anna Raptunavich defeated her opponent 7-5, 6-0. Freshman Vivien Gere won her match in the No. 2 singles spot 6-0, 6-1 and Veronica Pyatigorskaya, who played doubles last year, has moved into the No. 3 singles position and won her first match 6-0, 6-1. Head coach Nina Rogers was very impressed with the effort of her team.
The Chieftains’ only point in their opener came from senior captains Alexa Ina and Emily Miller at second doubles (6-2, 6-2).
Marblehead 70, Beverly 61: Kelly Roland, Mimi Goetz and Julia Lothrop went 1-2-3 in the javelin to close out the meet and give the Magicians the victory. Other Marblehead winners included Alyssa Nye (100), Janaya Randall (2-mile), Anna Barrell (mile), Lily Cummings (high jump) and the 4x100 team of Lothrop, Goetz, Kaitlin McCarthy and Monica Thorne.
Though the Panthers dropped their opening meet, they had four double winners. Kristen O’Connor took the low hurdles (68.7) and triple jump (33.1), Kendall Davy was first in the high hurdles (16.9) and 200 (27.6), Cailtlin Harty won the 400 (59.9) and long jump (14-10 1/2) and Nicole Kirch took the shot (30-1) and the discus (96-11 1/2).
Salem 61, Winthrop 61: Salem and Winthrop were unable to compete in the javelin because the field was not lined, so the two teams had to settle for a tie in the season opener. Joy Lima won the 100, 200 and triple jump to lead the Witches. Morgan Rogers added a win in the long jump and Natasha Demers, Lishbeht Ramos, Emma Woolhiser and Villory Rijker teamed up to win the 4x100 relay.
Marblehead 105, Beverly 28: Beverly 28: The Magicians got off to a great start thanks to triple-winner Josh Beloff and double-winner Conrad Rousseau. Beloff was first in the 200, long jump and triple jump, while Rousseau captured the 400 hurdles and 110 hurdles. Mitch Norcross (high jump) and Alex Blayer (javelin) also had impressive wins for Marblehead (1-0).
Dylan Perry was first in the mile (4:48.1) for the Panthers (0-1) yesterday afternoon. Michael Black too the 800 (2:11.7) and Alex Grco won the 400 (53.9).
Salem 105, Winthrop 21: Jon Crimble won the 100, 200, long jump and triple jump to power the Witches in their season-opening victory. Aaron Palmer added wins in the 110 hurdles and discus, and Jerry Canada (400 hurdles), Jared Robinson (2-mile), Nick Phelan (mile), Ananb Petel (800), Ben Sattiewhite (high jump) and Jared Louf-Woods (shot put) also won events for Salem.
st. john’s pREP 3, sT. jOHN’S sHREWSBURY 0: The Eagles (2-0) won in straight sets to conference rival, 25-15, 25-22, 25-9. Senior middle hitter Eric O’Connor had nine kills, sophomore Jake Burt finished with six kills and four blocks.
Brandeis 11, Endicott 4: The Gulls committed five errors and suffered their second straight loss as a result. Brett Holmgren and Conor Ressel each went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI, while Cody Hall added two hits and two runs.