The Swampscott softball team played a solid game in all three phases and the end result was a 19-0 five-inning win over Lynn English on Thursday afternoon.
A handful of Big Blue players had solid games at the plate. Sydney Cresta went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBI. Katie Watts scored four runs and went 2-for-4, Chloe Rakauskas crossed home plate five times and went 2-for-3, Caleigh Hopkins went 2-for-3 with five RBI.
In the circle, Riley Lord tossed five shutout innings and allowed two hits with six strikeouts.
“We hit the ball, played some pretty good defense and we had some pretty good pitching,” Swampscott coach Gary Moran said. “We’ll take it.”
The Big Blue now shift gears to preparing for Saturday’s Holland Tournament at Breed Middle School. Swampscott has a rematch against English (6) in the first round of play.
“We try to win them all,” Moran said. “We’ve gone up against some good competition. Starting today our goal was to win each game the rest of the season so we’ll see how we do in the Holland Tournament.”
Wakefield 4, Saugus 2
Tied 1-1 through three innings, Wakefield pulled away from the Sachems in the late stretch to grab the win. Saugus celebrated its senior day Thursday, honoring the six seniors on its roster.
“The seniors are having a great year this year,” Saugus coach Joe Luis said. “They’ve made the tournament. This is the first time in over 25 years that we’ve gotten the 10 wins. We’ve usually gotten in under the Sullivan Rule. The seniors have done a great job. Mike Mabee and Paul Stamatopoulos have done great as our captains.”
Mike Mabee pitched all seven innings for Saugus, tallying six strikeouts. Todd Tringale went 2-for-3 at the plate.
The Sachems (10-9) host Dracut Sunday (1).
St. John’s 13, Marblehead 6
Jack Rickards led the Eagles (8-9) with three goals, while Jake Surette added two goals and three assists.
Andy Clough scored three goals for the Magicians (11-5).
Marblehead 4, Gloucester 1
The Magicians earned the win and closed their Northeastern Conference schedule undefeated against NEC opponents.
“I’m proud of this team,” Magicians coach Elisabeth Foukal said. “They’ve stuck together and supported each other through some long afternoons of tennis. We still have two more non-league matches to go.”
Bill Ackerman notched a come-from-behind win in first singles (6-4, 6-1). Dan Litvak grabbed a win in second singles (6-1, 6-1). Erik Stammnitz, in his singles debut, earned a win in third singles (6-3, 6-4). The first doubles team of Adam Sherf and Tony Gluskin remained undefeated in NEC play with a win (6-1, 6-4).
Marblehead closes out the regular season with a home match against Hamilton-Wenham next Tuesday and a road match at Latin Academy next Wednesday.
The team’s holding a car walsh at Marblehead High Saturday morning from 10-12.
Lynnfield 5, Swampscott 0
The Lynnfield boys tennis team (15-0) started seven seniors and made history yesterday completing its first undefeated season ever with a shutout over the Big Blue at Lynnfield Middle School on senior day.
“Nobody knows for sure but I think it was the first time a Lynnfield boys tennis team was undefeated in the regular season,” said athletic director Michael Bierwirth. “Regardless, it was an incredible accomplishment.”
Max Rothermund won at first singles (6-1, 6-0) defeating Sam Mayblyum. Arlex Correa won at second singles (6-2, 6-3), defeating Will Talabian. Colin Lamusta defeated Justin Ratner in third singles (6-2, 3-6, 6-0).
In first doubles, Lorenzo Russo and Michael Gentile took the first match, 6-2, 6-0, over Swampscott’s Steve Santanello and Dan Johnson. Andrew Seelig and Andy DePalma took the second doubles match (6-1, 6-4) over Swampscott’s Dan Popvskiy and Jake Petras.
Swampscott is 10-6, 10-1 in the NEC.
Marblehead 5, Danvers 0
The Magicians girls tennis team remains undefeated in Northeastern Conference play with one regular season match remaining on their schedule. With all four seniors in the order, the Magicians dropped just three games in five matches.
Michelle Shub started the afternoon with a win at first singles (6-1, 6-0). At second singles, Hannah Porath followed suit with a victory (6-0, 6-1). At third singles, Lisa Krebs earned a win (6-1, 6-0). The first doubles team of Mandy Dumais and Grace Kreisher won (6-1, 6-0). The second doubles team of Sara Weiss and Lizzy Potvin won (6-0, 6-0).