Ipswich 6, East Boston 2: The 21st seeded Tigers won their second straight road game in the Division 3 North playoffs Sunday afternoon as Cassidy Smith paced the offense by going 4-for-4 with an RBI.
Lexi James added a 2-for-3 showing and knocked in a run of her own, while Erika Noftall spun a 7-hitter with seven strikeouts. Ipswich (now 11-9) will take on their Cape Ann League rivals from Lynnfield (13-9) Tuesday in the sectional quarterfinals, again going on the road to do so.
Newton North 11, Beverly 10: In a back-and-forth clash, the 13th seeded Panthers (14-8) scored twice in the top of the seventh and final inning to take a 10-7, but the host Tigers scored four times in their half of the frame, including the winning run with two out.
Acton-Boxboro 9, Peabody 8 (8 innings): The 15th seeded Tanners (14-8) were in prime position to pull off a major upset Saturday after heading into the bottom of the seventh inning with an 8-3 lead. But the Colonials, the No. 2 seed, score five times to tie it before winning the contest in the bottom of the eighth.
Essex Tech 6, Wilmington 4: The first round victory at home enabled the Hawks (15-6) to advance to Monday’s quarterfinals, where they’ll hit the road to face top seeded Triton.
Walpole 7, St. John’s Prep 2: Senior catcher Alex Lane hit his second homer of the Super 8 to tie the game at 1-1, but St. John’s committed four errors and fell to the elimination bracket. Jack Cairns (2-for-4) also hit a solo homer and the Prep (18-5) struck out 12 times against Rebel ace Michael Donato. Sean Letarte, James Lamarca and Matt Waelter combined for 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Will Potdevin, J.C. Espinal and Jake Miller also singled for the Eagles. The No. 2 seed Eagles will now face top-seed defending champion Franklin in an elimination game Monday (4 p.m.).
Swampscott 14, Tyngsboro 10: The second seeded Big Blue (16-2) took care of business at home and advanced to Tuesday’s Division 2 North semifinals, where they’ll take on host Newburyport (14-4).
Curtin takes third: At the New England championships in Maine, St. John’s Prep’s Jack Curtin leaped 46-feet-6 1/4 inches in the triple jump to finish third in the region. It was an outstanding showing for the Davidson-bound senior.
Tanners qualify: At the New Balance Twilight meet, Peabody sophomores Jolene Murphy (56.84) and Sadai Headley-Mawasi (58.2) clocked 400 times good enough to qualify for the mixed 4x400 relay at next week’s outdoor nationals. The pair will run in both the girls 4x400 (with teammates Lexi Bettencourt and Bridget O’Connell) and the mixed 4x400 (with Antonio Craveiro and Chris Morales) at the nationals.
North Shore Navigators 14, Westfield 2: Scoring two runs in each of the first three innings and putting up a 7-spot in the bottom of the sixth helped the Navigators improve to 7-3 on the season. Gavin Sullivan of Swampscott scattered six hits and two earned runs over five innings to get the win, walking one and striking out three. Ben Malgeri went a perfect 5-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, with Logan Bravo finishing with two hits, including a home run, two runs scored and four RBI. Danvers’ Andrew Olszak finished with three hits, two runs scored and a pair of ribbies in the win, with Sean Lawlor adding two hits and two runs batted in.
Navigators 12, Nashua 7: Ben Malgeri hit a home run and tripled in three runs in an eight-run seventh inning as the Navs rallied to win Saturday. Peabody’s Tyler MacGregor went 4-for-5 with an RBI and Austin Prep grad Logan Bravo had two hits and a homer. Marblehead’s Beau Dana earned his fourth save of the summer, working the last four outs with two strikeouts, and Hamilton-Wenham grad Hunter Wilichoski got two outs in relief for an unofficial hold. Peabody’s Ben Irvine, playing for visiting Nashua, had a hit, scored twice and drove in a run.