Freshman Hayley Rapaglia kept Central Catholic softball’s season going in style, tossing a no-hitter as the No. 22-seed Raiders knocked off third-seeded Medford, 9-0. Rapaglia struck out seven and chipped in a 2 for 3 performance at the plate, driving in a run as well. The Raiders started hot with a five-run first inning, thanks in large part to a three-run homer by Kaitlyn Sawyer, and added to their advantage throughout. They’ll take on No. 2-seed Acton Boxboro in the Division 1 North semifinals on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) at Martin Field in Lowell.
‘Cats lose heartbreaker
Whittier didn’t get the breaks Monday in its Division 2 quarterfinal matchup with Wakefield, dropping a tough 2-1 decision to Wakefield.
Matt Michel pitched a gem for the Wildcats, striking out eight while scattering six hits, but Wakefield scored the only runs it needed on a delayed steal and a throwing error.
The Wildcats scored their only run in the second on an RBI double by Aidan Shea. Joey Santiago had two of Whittier’s seven hits and the Wildcats had a runner thrown out at the plate in the fourth on a play that head coach Joe Boland felt was not the correct call.
“We felt our kid was safe but I don’t want to harp on that,” said Boland, whose club finished a fine season with a 15-4 record. “It was a great game and we had a very good season. We had some good seniors and I’m going to miss them.”
Andover falls in semis
The Andover girls tennis team’s season ended in the Division 1 North semifinals with a 3-2 loss to Acton-Boxborough, the same team that beat the Warriors in the North finals last season. The doubles pairs of Annette Kim/Caroline Yang and Anna Higgins/Grace Lyons got the victories for Andover.
Sachems’ season ends
Pentucket baseball couldn’t stay alive in the Division 1 North tournament, falling to Gloucester, 8-1, in the quarterfinals. The Sachems compiled seven hits, but could only push one run across, thanks to an RBI from Ethan Hunt in the sixth inning.