St. Mary’s picked up a run in both the third and fourth innings and maintained that lead, backed by stellar pitching from Michaela Hamill (5 innings) and Mia Nowicki (2 innings).
Chandler Wilder, Charlotte Powers, Katie O’Brien and Gabby Hart all recorded hits for the Crusaders through the first three innings. Nowicki didn’t give up in her two innings pitched.
“It’s a lot like the first time we played them this year, another two-run game. That’s usually how it is when we play St. Mary’s,” said Lyman. “When we hit the ball, we hit it hard at times, but we hit at them and that was the difference in the game.”
The Crusaders picked up a 5-0 win over Shawsheen in their second game of the day.
Beverly finished 1-1 in the tournament, picking up a 10-4 over Acton-Boxborough in the first game of the day. The Panthers scored six runs in the ninth to rally ahead. Jessica Cross picked up an RBI single and Molly Pitman notched three RBI on four hits, including a two-run double in the ninth.
In Game 2, the Panthers lost 13-0 to Concord-Carlise. Kate Silvestri and Olivia George went 1-for-2 with doubles, while Megan Kelley went 1-for-1 in the game.