The Lynnfield girls softball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division 3 North tournament with a 15-1 win at Madison Park Sunday afternoon.
The No. 13 Pioneers will host Ipswich Tuesday (3:45).
The win was the second five-inning mercy rule win for the Pioneers, who came out fast and seized control early with 10 runs in the first inning.
“We hit a few shots here and there, but it’s tough in a game like this when you are trying to keep the score down,” said Lynnfield coach Peter Marinelli. “The good thing was we were able to get some bench kids into the game and we got a pretty good performance from Reilly Ganter in the circle.”
Ganter tossed a one-hitter, allowing just one walk while striking out 10. She also had a big day at the plate going 4-for-5 with one one run scored.
Branna Serabian (3 runs), Chloe Shapleigh (run) and Jillian Babine (triple, run) had three hits each, while Jenna Brodigan and Sam Lebruska had two hits each.
Vanessa Torosian (run), Allie Wing (2 runs), Sadie Gearan (run), Taylor Tringali (run) and Jacqueline Carbone, had one hit each, while Maddy Condon scored one run.
A win over the Tigers would put the Pioneers into the semifinal against either No. 1 Austin Prep or No. 9 Northeast Regional Thursday (time TBD) at Martin Field in Lowell.
Walpole 7, St. John’s 2
In the Division 1A “Super 8” tournament, the No. 2 Eagles matched the No. 3 Rebels with six hits but four St. John’s errors were the difference in the loss.
Alex Lane (1-for-4) and Jack Cairns (2-for-4) each hit a solo home run.
St. John’s drops to the 1-loss bracket and takes on No. 1 Franklin, last year’s “Super 8” champion, Monday (4) at Campanelli Stadium.
Swampscott 14, Tyngsboro 10
Emerson Laundry’s four goals powered Swampscott in the Division 2 North quarterfinal at Blocksidge Field. Elizabeth Green and Grace DiGrande scored three goals each. Reese Robertson scored two goals. Harper Clopton and Scarlett Ciciotti scored a goal each.
No. 2 Swampscott travels to No. 3 Newburyport Tuesday (5) in the sectional semifinal round.