The North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie and Salem softball teams met for the second time this season on Thursday night for the 10th annual Chuck Mekolsky Memorial Game, played in memory of the former Salem News sportswriter.
The Hawks topped Salem, 7-4 to earn their seventh consecutive win and finish out their regular season with a 14-2 record.
It’s become tradition over the past decade that both teams honor their seniors before the game. Seniors from both sides lined the field at Mack Park in Salem, where they were given flowers in a pregame ceremony.
Erika Welch (2-for-3 with an RBI) earned Player of the Game honors for the Hawks, while senior captain Hannah Wilkins, who finished 2-for-4 with a home run, took home the award for the Witches.
Rhiannon Lane started the game for North Shore Tech, she went four innings and struck out six batters. Lane finished the day with two hits, including a home run. Kasey Harris went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Kaera Wyse came on in relief. She threw three innings of work, struck out six and didn’t allow any runs.
For the Witches (3-15), leadoff hitter Desiree Martin contributed with three hits and Sandy Pelkowsky finished with a pair of hits.
Before the MIAA tournament pairing are announced on Tuesday, the Hawks have a state vocational tournament game against Bristol Plymouth that day (4 p.m.). For the first time in program history, North Shore Tech picked up a Commonwealth Athletic Conference Large championship title with a 7-1 record in the league.