McMeniman Lifts Dracut; Lions Keep Rolling
Sean McMeniman was in complete control as he tossed a 2-hit shutout with 4 strikeouts to lead Dracut past Billerica, 7-0, while Chelmsford improved to 8-1 on the season with a 4-2 win over Haverhill in a Merrimack Valley Conference games.
Elsewhere, Greater Lowell Tech nudged CAC arch-rival Shawsheen Tech, 3-1, Lowell shut out Central Catholic, and Westford rallied in the seventh to beat Wayland for its sixth win in eight starts.
The Middies were led offensively by senior Brad Keefe, who finished with 2 hits and 3 RBI. Pat Crowley added a RBI double, while, Mike Patterson, Kyle Cox and McMeniman each had a hit.
For Billerica (1-8), Matt Donovan had a double and Anthony Mancuso had a single.
The combined pitching of Graham Jeffries and Jack Beauchesne helped lead the Lions to another league victory. Jeffries went the first 5.2 innings with 10 strikeouts, while Beauchense notched the save with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
With the bat, Chelmsford had strong performances from Chad Lizine with 2 hits, including a double, and he knocked in 2, Chris Rabias with 2 hits and a RBI and Beauchesne with a RBI hit.
Chelmsford will host North Andover (8-0) in a big MVC match-up Thursday at 4 p.m.
The Tigers held off a scare from Lunenburg in the bottom of the seventh giving up a run but held on for the victory. Senior Tyler Hapenny tossed a complete game to notch the win, giving up one earned run, while giving up 8 hits and 2 walks and striking out 6.
He also had a nice day with the bat, finishing 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, while, lead-off hitter Nolan Michaud had a hit and scored 2 runs.
JT Shaffer had the other RBI.
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Senior Jeff Springer improved to 2-1 on the season with a complete-game victory, giving up an earned run on 6 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 4. Offensively, the Gryphons scored two runs in the top of the first on an error and a RBI single by Riley Stys. The other run came in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Cole Blades.
Eric Airosus had 2 hits and scored 2 runs, while, Matt Gaudette and Connor Lagasse also had safeties. Lagasse also came through with a solid defensive play from his second base spot.
For Shawsheen, senior C.J. Zemetras was the tough luck losing pitcher as he went the distance, giving up just one earned run on 5 hits, while striking out 6 and not yielding a walk. He also chipped in with a pair of hits, including a double. DJ Williams knocked in the lone run coming in the sixth inning.
Adam Betty was the winning pitcher as he went 5.2 scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts, while Corin Laliberte finished it off with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Offensively, Brendan Demarco had 2 hits, scored 2 runs and knocked in a run for Lowell High, while Aiden Foyle had an RBI hit and John Donovan smacked a double and scored a run.
Oyster River 9
The Pythons fell to 2-5 with the loss on the road in Durham, N.H.
Zach Jones was a bright spot for Pelham. The sophomore came on in relief and pitched 3.1 innings, allowing just 1 hit and no runs while fanning 5. In addition, Jones also got his first varsity hit and RBI.
Tristan Ciampa improved to 3-0 on the season as he went 6 strong innings, giving up 2 unearned runs, while walking 4 and striking out 3. He was helped out offensively by junior Bailey Smith, who was 1-for-2 with 2 walks, 3 runs scored and 4 stolen bases.
Derek Gallucci added a double and scored a run, while Ciampa, Brendan George and Mike Fiorenza had 1 hit each.
The Wildcats are now 4-3 on the season.
The Grey Ghosts scored 3 runs in the top of the seventh to catch and pass host Wayland in a Dual County League matchup.
Pinch-hitter Matt Laverdure had a 2-run single to tie the game in the final frame, then Kindred Atwood put the Grey Ghosts ahead with a solo home run.
Atwood pitched the sixth and seventh innings in relief for WA (6-2) and struck out two batters to get the victory.
Kevin Egan had 3 hits and a ribbie for the winners and Jason Fitzgerald added 2 hits.
The Crusaders (5-3) had the tying run on second base with one out in the seventh inning, but a screaming line drive was caught by the pitcher, who was able to double the runner off second to end the game.
Brendan Ferrari pitched well for G-D, allowing just 4 hits and 2 earned runs in 6 innings of work. He also laced a double.
Isaac Zhang was 2-for-3 with a run scored, Nate Glencross was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Joe O’Malley cracked an RBI double.
G-D scored two runs in the seventh before the double-play liner.
Essex Tech 9
Nashoba Tech 6
For Nashoba Tech (1-8), James Fitzgerald went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI, while, Brandon Gauthier knocked in 2 runs and Mike Carpenter had an RBI hit.