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Kayla Maloney struck out 11 and was 3 for 3 with two RBIs as Phillips Academy edged Nobles 4-3 in its season opener. Andover’s Nikki Pelletier added a solo home run for the Big Blue.
Angel Abreu hit a two-run homer estimated at 375 feet, part of a three-hit, six-RBI day as Greater Lawrence crushed Northeast, 19-2 in a five-inning mercy rule game. Javier Franjul crushed a three-run homer and added an RBI double in the onslaught.
Joan Vargas came on to pitch in relief in the third inning, and delivered five innings of shutout, two-hit ball as Lawrence edged Lowell 4-2. Jose Abreu gave the Lancers the lead to stay with a two-run double.
Dan Morin had a triple, drove in three runs and allowed just a single earned run in a complete-game effort to lead Salem to a 12-2 drubbing of Manchester Memorial.
Central Catholic scored four times in the first inning and Karoline Leavitt had a two-run homer in the sixth as Central Catholic beat Haverhill 10-1. Leavitt and leadoff batter Krista Maloney were both 3 for 5.
Nguyen bounces back
After losing eight games in a row, Lina Nguyen turned things around. Breaking serve while trailing 5-4, Nguyen won out for a thrilling 7-5 third-set victory that lifted Methuen tennis to a 3-2 victory over Notre Dame of Tyngsboro.
Neil Murphy set up in front of the net, took a pass from Jared Warren and fired home the goal in double overtime that gave Georgetown a 6-5 victory over Triton.
Sophomore’s career day
Sophomore Hannah Chapman achieved personal bests in the discus, long jump and 100 hurdles, winning all three events, as part of Andover’s 92-43 track victory over Lowell.
Salem’s softball team opened its season with a 2-1 win over Memorial, thanks to an 11-strikeout two-hitter by Katelyn Arsenault and two key defensive plays. In the sixth, Rachel Morrissey started a double play with a catch in center field and a relay via Emily O’Brien to third for a double play. In the seventh, Sam Cloutier made a brilliant diving stop at shortstop and threw out the runner.
Two comebacks in doubles turned the tide and earned Andover a 4-1 boys tennis victory over North Andover. The first doubles group of Sam Rowe and Sicco Huizing repelled a first-set loss, commanding the net at the close for a key victory. Kellen McAuliffe and Owen Plourde fell behind 4-0 in the second set before surging to a 7-5 victory and a straight-set win.
Little did she know
Freshman Caitlin Catalanotto spanked a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Sanborn a six-run lead. Surprisingly, the hit was a game-winner as Hollis-Brookline scored five times in the seventh before the Indians escaped with an 8-7 victory. Another freshman, Ellery Rasmussen, had a triple as part of a five-run third inning for the victors.
Hall power in loss
Aaron Hall blasted a two-run homer and added a leadoff triple and scored but Central Catholic lost a heartbreaker to Dracut, 5-4.