In a battle of unbeatens at Seaside Park, Danvers took advantage of its opportunities and handed Marblehead its first loss, 8-5.
The Falcons (4-0) sent 12 men to the plate and scored seven runs in the fourth inning to erase a 2-0 Magicians lead. Ray Arocho’s 2-run double gave Danvers the lead for good while Tyler Dustin drove in a pair and Andrew Olszak, A.J. Couto and Dan Connors (3-for-4) also had RBI.
”We had one big inning and we got a couple of key hits in that inning,” said Danvers coach Roger Day. “It was good to see us hang in there. None of the wins come easy.”
Marblehead (2-1) left the bases loaded in the third, coming away with just one run on Connor Green’s RBI single. The Magicians trailed 8-1 going to the last of the seventh but brought the tying run to the plate as Brian Daly drove in a run and Matt Koopman came up with a two run single.
Brandon Hyde, who pitched the first six innings for Danvers, re-entered the game and recorded the last out. Green had two hits, two runs and two stolen bases for the Magicians, Tom Koopman knocked in a run and Trey Blackmer had two hits and an outstanding catch in left.
St. John’s Prep 10, Everett 1: Senior Tommy Buonopane blasted a three-run homer and sophomore Nick Latham (2-for-3) also went deep as the Eagles (5-1) won their fifth straight. Dave Bornstein hit a 2-run double and Rosario Missiti doubled twice and scored two runs for the Eagles. Junior Justin Synder struck out nine over five innings to earn the win and Jack Burke finished it off by fanning two in the last two frames.
Swampscott 10, Winthrop 3: Brendan McDonald went 4-for-4 at the plate and homered as the Big Blue (1-3, 1-1 NEC) earned their first win under coach Jason Calichman. Ryan January was 3-for-3 and Al Wallach didn’t allow an earned run in seven innings of work while pounding the strike zone.
Beverly 7, Lynn Classical 2: Alex Toomey fired a complete game four-hitter with 12 strikeouts and one walk. He also helped his own cause with a pair of doubles and two RBI as Beverly moved to 3-1. Harry Brown also added three hits, including a home run, and Luke McDonald went 2-for-3. Matt Hamor smacked a two-run double.
Ipswich 6, Triton 2: The Tigers grabbed their first win as Caroline Lynch went 2-for-4 and played good defense at shortstop. Jill Lynch and Jill Lombard each had two hits and two RBI and Molly Mello also drove in a pair, with all the Tigers RBI coming with two out. Sami Brouillette went the distance to earn the win.
Peabody 14, Salem 0 (5 innings): Holly Smith went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and Shelby Wilson allowed only four hits and struck out eight as the Tanners improved to 2-0. Wilson also added two hits, as did Jess Raymond.
Notre Dame 4, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 2: The Bulldogs led 2-0 going into the sixth, but Notre Dame cut the deficit in half in that inning, then added a three-run homer in the seventh to win. Katelyn Guerin had two hits to lead North Shore while Rhiannon Lane pitched well in defeat, striking out 11. She also had a hit.
Lynn Classical 12, Beverly 1: Aimee McKenna went 1-for-2 with a run scored and Emily Pitman had a hit and drove in Beverly’s lone run but the Panthers dipped to 1-2.
Bishop Fenwick 8, Matignon 7: The Crusaders (2-3) came from seven runs down to win an important Catholic Central League game. Jenny Nasser’s slapper produced an error that scored the winning run in the seventh, where Charlotte Powers reached and Gabby Hart (2-for-4, 2 RBI) scored the tying run. Dimitria Yeannakopoulos had a sacrifice fly in the last inning and Gianna Pizanno went 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run.
Woburn 4, Salem 3: Chad Coelho scored a pair of goals and Matt Muse and Pete Slattery each played well as the Witches (5-1) fell for the first time this season in a tight, defensive contest.
Peabody 10, Triton 7: The Tanners moved to 4-2 as Keifer Heckman scored four goals and added an assist and Nick Ouellette chipped in two goals and one assist. Eric Hennessey also scored twice, Mark Helwig had a solid day at defensive middie, Reed Foster was outstanding on faceoffs and scored and goalie Evan Connolly stopped 17 shots.
Peabody 5, Lynn Classical 0: The Tanners swept through their third consecutive match to move to 3-0 to start the season. Rachael Gillis (6-2, 6-3), Winger Ma (6-3, 6-4) and Dany Chhan (6-3, 6-0) each won at singles. Kayla Hodas and Anna Gimalyak (6-0, 6-1) and Beverly Ejiofor and Ashley Eddy (6-3, 6-3) each won at doubles.
Vikings sweep: Mike Lamothe knocked in the winning run as Salem State beat MCLA, 7-6, in the first game of a doubleheader and rode the walkoff momentum to a 12-0 decision in the nightcap. Andrew Guido earned the win in relief and Kevin Salines and Kyle McElroy each drove in two runs. In the second game, Ed Deren threw six shutout innings and fanned four for the Vikings (16-10) and Brett Cahill and Ryan Beliveau each drove in three runs. Beverly’s Ethan Trowt also had a pair of RBI.
Gordon 11, Nichols 7: Stephen Crawford went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs as the Fighting Scots (16-10) pulled to an even 5-5 in conference play. Alex Potocki, Alex German and Brian Harrington had two hits each as Gordon scored six in the top of the sixth to pull ahead.
Salem State wins two: The Lady Vikings swept MCLA, 5-0 and 5-2, to improve to 15-8 on the season. Alyssa Bryan threw a 3-hitter and improved to 10-2 on the year with a shutout in the first game and was supported by Cara Crowley (2 RBI), Lauren Garchinsky (two hits, RBI) and Christina Cipriani (two hits). Jenn Toussaint homered in the nightcap, Sarra Bergeron earned the win and Bryan returned for the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up her first save of the year.