---- — The draining humidity and heat certainly didn’t bother Salem Legion Post 42 pitcher C.J. Beaulieu last night.
Beaulieu, a rising senior at Salem High, threw a complete game (nine innings) no-hitter as Salem blanked Exeter 8-0. He struck out seven and walked just one.
Nick Shumski led the offense, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs while Ryan McCarthy and Jake White added RBI doubles as Salem improved to 8-8.
Wells wins duel
In a battle of staff aces, Methuen Post 122’s Andrew Wells outdueled Andover’s Alec Livingston on the way to a 4-1 victory in Legion play.
Wells allowed just three hits and struck out nine, while also getting help from centerfielder Cam Cyr, who made a huge diving catch to rob Post 8’s Andrew Selima with two men aboard. Wells improved to 4-0 on the season.
Livingston, meanwhile, allowed just one earned run and five hits while striking out five, with help from some slick play by Burton Deady at shortstop.
Methuen scored three runs in the third capped off by a Jonathan Pierce double and added an insurance run in the fourth with a Gary
Carbonneau RBI single.
Yaratz carries Derry
Josh Yaratz pitched eight strong innings, giving up just two earned runs as the Derry Legion Post 9 team clipped Dover 6-4, improving its record to 11-4.
Jamie Collins led the offense with two hits, which included a solo home run, and had two RBIs while Justin Bundzinski was 2 for 5 with a run scored and Matt Marchman, Pat Mahoney and Jeff Singster all had RBI hits.
Derry has three games remaining, against Rochester today, Salem Friday and Exeter Saturday before the playoffs.
Vargas, Rodriguez shine
Joan Vargas went all the way for the win and Louis Rodriguez paced the offense as the Lawrence Post 15 Legion team knocked off first place Newburyport 3-1.
Vargas struck out eight and was toughest in the clutch while Rodriguez had a triple and a two-out, two-RBI double for the winning runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Lawrence improved to 12-6 in the crowded District 8 race to the playoffs.
Cards can’t cash in
The Salem Cardinals outhit Hollis-Brookline 11-5 in Senior Babe Ruth playoff action but dropped a 4-2 decision.
John Cerretani was 3 for 4 with an RBI, Kyle Nagri went 2 for 4 and pitcher Chris Benjamin, who struck out eight in six innings, added an RBI.
Goodman gives boost to North Andover
North Andover’s Cole Goodman pitched a complete game for North Andover allowing only one run, while striking out four in a 3-1 victory over Saugus.
A no-hit bid by Saugus was foiled in the sixth on an Austin Flinn bunt single. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Caporale.
Pinkerton ran it up against Andover in Girls Hoops for Hope action last night, routing the Warriors 58-17. Brandi Bonneau led the much more experienced Warriors with 10 points while Rebecca Alois scored six for Andover.
In other games:
Salem 45, Peabody 39
S — Brenna Blackslee 14; P — Sarah Hostman 12
North Andover 36, Winnacunnet 35
NA — Meghan Collins 15; W — Melissa McLeod 6
Billerica 41, Methuen 12
B — Mia Thompson 14; M — Christina Carl 7
Acton Boxborough 46, Dracut 28
A-B — Lindsey Sweet 12; D — Kayla Cavas 7
Pentucket 38, Lowell 22
P — Caroline Modlish 10; L — Alexi Schecter 9
Central Catholic 50, Bishop Fenwick 31
CC — Alex Nagri 14; BF — Kate Lipka 16
Lawrence 33, Tyngsboro 29
L — Karla Dominguez 9; T — Olivia Pierce 11