St. John’s Prep 2, St. John’s Shrewsbury 0: Senior Max Gieg struck out the side in the seventh for a road save as the Eagles improved to 11-3. Zach Fortuna totaled eight strikeouts over five frames and shared the shutout with Gieg and Kevin Dewing. Will Frain singled home a run early in the game, scoring Alex Lane (single) and Max Freedman’s RBI single plated the other tally.
Essex Tech 1, Hamilton-Wenham 0: Jack Christianson went the distance and authored a 3-hit shutout to end Hamilton’s five-game win streak. Senior captain Chris Masta scored the only run on a walk, stolen base and an error and the Hawks (9-5) played flawless defense. For the Generals (11-4), Paul Horgan struck out eight and gave up only two hits in the hard-luck loss.
Marblehead 5, Danvers 2: Brady Lavender’s 2-run single punctuated a four-run top of the first as the hot start helped Marblehead (8-6) snap a four-game skid. Jacob Bornstein struck out six over 6 1/3 to pick up the win and Ryan Masters quelled a late Danvers rally with a two out save. Luke Curtis had two hits for the Magicians while Chris Gally, Godot Gaskins, Erik Gonzales and Schuyler Schmitt scored runs.
Freshman James Carmilla was outstanding for Danvers (6-9), striking out six in a six inning relief appearance and also driving in a run at the plate. Andy Chronis also had an RBI, Brett Palladino had two hits and Tony Olszak and Bryce Ruest had one each.
Swampscott 6, Peabody 1: Max Pegnato went the distance and struck out six to send the Big Blue (8-5) to their sixth straight win. Jonathan Oriakhi’s homer highlighted the offense for Swampscott, which had a dozen hits in all, and the Tanners fell to 5-9. Also playing well for Swampscott was Ryan Graciale (3 hits), Cam O’Brien, Drew Olivieri and Anthony Raskouskos (2 hits apiece)
Burlington 9, Masconomet 4: Ryan Castle scored two goals and tallied an assist while Jake Innis had the other two goals but the Chieftains (10-4) were never able to get the offense going as a whole. Jake Mair and Andrew Aylwin each added an assist, while Randy Castle made 14 saves in net.
Ipswich 4, Hamilton-Wenham 1: The Tigers got singles wins from Anastasiya Kozak (6-1, 6-1) and Sydney Doolan (6-2, 6-0), as well as doubles triumphs from Nicole Sindon/Lauren Kennedy and Sophie Harmon/Kayley Baker (6-4, 6-1) to pull out the team victory. Winning for Hamilton-Wenham was third singles player Kate Rubel (6-1, 6-2).
North Reading 5, Hamilton-Wenham 0: The Generals battled throughout despite not having some of their top players. Elise Vose, Kate Rubel and Tess Contois all played well in singles losses, while Val Wise and Paige McKecknie fell in doubles action after dropping a tiebreaker in the first set.
Essex Tech 3, Whittier 2: Ali Vienneau’s two out single in the fifth scored the go-ahead run and Sheree Fallon made it stand up with a six-hit gem in the circle. Katie Westbrook had two hits for Essex, Fallon tripled, Ally Flagg drove in a run and Hester Murphy contributed to the cause with an RBI triple.
Burlington 9, Masconomet 4: Randy Castle made 14 saves but the Chieftains fell to 10-4 overall with the non-league loss. Jake Innis scored twice for Masco and Ryan Castle had two goals with one assist.
St. John’s Prep 14, Needham 10: The Eagles (13-3) were paced by Pat Keefe (5 goals, 2 assists) and Michael Ott (5 goals, 1 assist). Jake Surette (4 assists) and Michael Kelly (hat trick) also contributed offensively. Defensively, Drew Leahy, Matt Crowley and Trent Tully all had strong games for the Eagles, while Alex Kreher had 11 saves and Craig Yannone won 15 of 20 face offs.
Pingree wins EIL title: Erin Jayne scored four times with five assists as Pingree took down Winsor, 14-5, to win the EIL playoff championship. Liz Evans had a hat trick and one assist in the final and Julia Lucey scored three with two assists. Earlier Saturday, the Highlanders (16-1) beat Dana Hall in the semi’s paced by Jayne’s five goals and five assists. Kendall Traveis scored six times in that victory, Mackenzie Vasque had a hat trick and Caroline Kagan scooped up three ground balls.
Ipswich 15, Manchester Essex 12: Haley O’Connor had six goals and six draw controls as the Tigers came out on top of a back-and-forth affair to clinch the CAL Baker title. Ali Mouton was excellent in net with eight saves, Riley Daly won eight draws, Annie Gillis scored three times with three assists and Hannah Herron added a hat trick. Lily Sheridan also had a strong game with a marker and four assists.