Softball Roundup: St. Mary’s clinches state tournament bid

St. Mary's Lily Newhall earned the win in the circle and drove in two runs at the plate. (Item File Photo)

The St. Mary’s softball team sealed a state tournament bid with a 6-4 win over Catholic Central League rival Fenwick Wednesday.

Lily Newhall picked up the win in the circle and helped her own cause, plating two runs with a double in the bottom of the third. The Spartans ran out to a 2-0 lead before Newhall’s double made it a 4-0 game. A Jordan Sullivan RBI stretched the lead to 5-0. Fenwick answered with three runs but Sullivan plated Katie O’Neill with an insurance run in the fifth inning.

St. Mary’s improved to 10-2 with the win and travels to Cardinal Spellman Friday (3:30).

Gloucester 6, Saugus 1

The Sachems dropped to 6-6 on the season. Saugus pitcher Caitlyn Wood threw six innings and allowed three earned runs on nine hits with six strikeouts. Leah Ventre pitched one scoreless inning in relief with two strikeouts.

At the plate, Saugus had eight hits. Alexa Ferraro went 1-for-3 with one RBI. Kirby Dalton went 1-for-2.

“It was kind of disappointing,” Saugus coach Steve Almquist said. I think we came out a little bit flat. We gave Gloucester two runs right away in the first inning. We had to play close to perfect and we didn’t. The effort was lacking and you won’t be able to beat many teams like that with that type of effort. We’ll play Danvers Saturday. Hopefully we’ll regroup.”

Marblehead 12, Winthrop 6

The Magicians are back at .500 (6-6) with the win. Pitcher Lauren Donovan collected 13 strikeouts in the circle. At the plate, Charlotte Plakans and Jolie Quintana highlighted the offense with a solo home run each. Freshman Annika Haley went 3-for-5. Plakans and Mia Granata went 2-for-4 each. Rachel Saulnier, Madi Monahan and Frances Paik each went 2-for-3. Mercedez Pelletier, returning from an injury, had one hit.

Cristo Rey 13, Tech 9

Ariella Long led Tech’s offense, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored. The Tigers are 2-8.

Beverly 6, Peabody 5 (F/8)

The Panthers swept the season series over the Tanners, ending Peabody’s six-game win streak. Natalie Stilwell accounted for the game-winning run with a solo home run in the top of the eighth.

Danvers 10, Swampscott 0

A base hit from Chloe Rakauskas ended Danvers’ bid for a perfect game. Swampscott dropped to 1-8.

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