Scoreboard: Shawsheen baseball eliminates Easthampton
Junior Aiden MacLeod threw six one-run fly ball innings as sixth-seeded baseball team Shawsheen Tech stopped No. 27 Easthampton in the first round of the Division 4 tournament.
A right-handed pitcher, MacLeod scattered four hits in the outing, striking out six.
With the win, Shawsheen Tech (18-3, 20-3 overall) moves forward and will host the No. 11 Case or the No. 22 Mashpee, date and time to be announced at press time.
The Rams opened the scoring with two runs in the first inning and never looked back, adding two more in the second and an insurance run in the third. Mavrick Bourdeau (hit, RBI) and Shane Costello (double, run) and Brendan Lee (hit, RBI) took over. Ryan Santini, MacLeod and Nate Galanis each contributed with a hit and a run scored. Easthampton got their only point in the top of the third.
Bedford 11, Nashoba Area 5
Laney Mead had a double, a triple and six RBIs, as the No. 11 Bedford softball team defeated the No. 22 Nashoba Regional 11-5, in the first round of the Division 2 tournament. , Bedford advances and will face either No. 6 Attleboro or No. 27 Ludlow in the next round, date and time to be determined at press time.
Bella Fernald gave Bedford a jolt by hammering a three-run homer and scoring three runs. Ellie Mitchell also crossed home plate three times. That was all the support starting pitcher Kaylee Grace needed, going 5.1 innings with five strikeouts. Coco Steele closed out the game by pitching the final 1.2 innings with two punches to earn the stoppage.
St. Mary’s 12, Shawsheen 0
A seven-point outburst in the sixth proved costly as 32nd seed Shawsheen (10-11) was silenced by top-seeded St. Mary’s of Lynn (17-4) in the first round of the division 3 tournament.
Shawsheen fought back but unfortunately timely hits in the sixth inning put the game out of reach. The Spartans jumped in early, scoring a pair of runs on the first two hits and an error. St. Mary’s threatens to load the bases in the third, but a pop out to Mia Bisso and a groundout to Sandra Watne killed the rally. St. Mary’s dropped another third-place runner in fourth on a nice catch from skip Ella Malvone. Alivia Imbimbo also made key defensive plays for the Rams.
Shawsheen was able to get baserunners in three straight innings, including a bases-loaded situation in the fourth, but was unable to cash in. St. Mary’s fought back for three runs in the fifth, on two hits and two errors, building its lead, before ending the game the next frame. Rams pitcher Watne allowed 13 hits and six earned runs, while stoking three. The Rams were making their first state tournament appearance since 2018 and had just secured their first victory since 2017, when they beat No. 33 Bristol Plymouth 7-6 in the preliminary round on June 3.
Exeter 11, Bishop Guertin 2
Bishop Guertin struggled to launch his attack on Saturday in a loss to Exeter.
The Cardinals’ two points came in the top of the seventh. Sophia Bilodeau, Meara McDevitt and Torey Hart each had a hit for BG.
Westford 3, Catholic Center 0
Second-ranked Westford Academy knocked out No. 31 Central Catholic (6-16) in the first round of the Division 1 state tournament.
The Ghosts cut Central in straight sets 25-7, 25-12, 25-16. With the win, the Ghosts advance to face 15th seed New Bedford on June 8 at 5 p.m. New Bedford is coming off a 3-2 decision against Acton-Boxboro.
Keith Shaheen scored 10 service points for Central. Michael Nguyen had a team-high 15 assists, while Juanjose Cabrera had 15 digs. Ryan McShan led the central offense with eight kills and four blocks. Tyler Kirby scored an ace.