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Roundup: St. Mary’s baseball loses tough one on the road

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Anthony Nikolakakis was 3-for-4 with two RBI, but St. Mary’s lost to Archbishop Williams Saturday in extra innings.

By KATIE MORRISON

A walkoff two-run homer in the eighth inning was the difference as the St. Mary’s baseball team fell to 10-5 on the season with a 6-4 loss at Archbishop Williams. Jack Ward got the start on the mound and tossed three innings, tallying three strikeouts and allowing three earned runs. Tommy Cash followed in relief and went 4 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts.

“Tommy did an excellent job,” Spartans coach Derek Dana said. “He got us out of two different jams. He hit the strike zone and the kids played well behind him.”

Ryan Turenne went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, while Anthony Nikolakakis went 3-for-4.

St. Mary’s strung a three-run rally in the top of the third, led by Turenne’s RBI double and RBI singles by Nikolakakis and Tyler Donovan. Nikolakakis added an RBI double in the fifth, scoring Kyle Ouellette.

“The kids played well,” Dana said. “The intensity was great, we just have to learn that there are plays at the beginning of the game that can cost you in the end.”

St. Mary’s has a chance to avenge the loss when it hosts Williams tonight (7 p.m.) at Fraser Field.

“They’re 10-2, so they’re a very good team,” Dana said. “It was a good battle. I have no questions about our intensity. I’m looking forward to Monday night.”

Fenwick 16, Everett 1

The Crusaders were playing their fifth game in six days on Sunday morning, but the busy schedule didn’t stop Fenwick from plating 16 runs. Dave Furtado went the distance on the mound and earned the win, and Ben Mogavero drove in four runs.

SOFTBALL

St. Mary’s 2, Woburn 0

Mia Nowicki struck out 17 batters to earn her fourth win of the week and boost the Spartans to 13-1 on the season.

Marblehead 17, English 5 (6 inn.)

The Bulldogs struck first with a run in the top of the first, but Marblehead responded with seven runs in the bottom half of the frame.

Among the offensive stars for Marblehead (11-3) was Charlotte Plakans, who went 3-for-3 with three RBI and came a single short of the cycle, slamming a double, triple, and fence-clearing solo home run. She also went the distance on the mound, allowing five runs on seven hits and striking out eight. Sammy Treff went 4-for-4 with a RBI, and Mercedes Pelletier went 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple along with three RBI and two excellent plays in the outfield. Montana Joyce hit a two-run double off the fence as well.

The Magicians got another bit of good news as pitcher Madi Ernst, who has been out the entire season with an arm injury, saw her first game action of the year, playing first base.

Marblehead has a big test coming up against Classical Monday.

BOYS LACROSSE
Reading 21, Swampscott 6

The Big Blue couldn’t halt the Hornets’ offensive attack, as North Reading’s Sean Fagen and Mike Sheridan scored five goals apiece.

Bedford (N.H.) 5, St. John’s Prep 4

It was a tough loss to swallow for the Prep, which fell to visiting Bedford in overtime. The Eagles defense was lights-out, causing 14 turnovers, and coach John Pynchon credited defensemen John Churchwell and Kevin Casey, along with goalie Mitchell Carpenter who had 11 saves on 16 shots, with playing outstanding defense.

Offensively,Zach Harde, Jack Rickards and PJ Lombara scored a goal apiece and Pat Keefe and KJ Sarni each logged an assist.

St. John’s Prep (5-8) is back in action this afternoon against Catholic Memorial.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Swampscott 14, Wilmington 3

The Big Blue cruised to a big win on the road.

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