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GlobeNorth: Players of the Week, Top 10 baseball and softball teams


Destiny Jordan , Whittier: The 5-foot-4 senior hit for the cycle in a 20-3 win against Greater Lowell, driving in four runs and scoring three times. The next game, she fired an inning of shutout relief to close out a 12-0 win over Greater Lawrence in which sophomore Kayla Riley pitched the first four innings and had a home run and three RBIs.
Emily Messinger , Marblehead: In a 10-5 win over Gloucester, the sophomore catcher hit three home runs, and threw out two baserunners attempting to steal.

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Dillon Lavery , Billerica: On the mound against Merrimack Valley Conference foe Dracut, the Indians’ ace improved to a perfect 5-0 with a complete game, nine-strikeout performance.

Angela Papelado , Woburn: The ace hurled three straight shutouts last week against Watertown (12-0 win), Stoneham (8-0 win) and Latin Academy (8-0 win), the finale a no-hitter.

Alex Toomey , Beverly: The 6-foot-1 senior captain delivered a stellar effort against rival Peabody, handing the Tanners their second loss with a complete-game, six-strikeout performance, while also going 3 for 3 with a homer at the plate. 

Top 10 baseball teams

(Records through Tuesday with next game listed)

1. St. John’s Prep (14-1); vs. BC High, Mon., 4

2. North Reading (12-0); at Newburyport, Tues., 3:45

3. Danvers (14-1); at Winthrop, Mon., 4

4. Peabody (13-2); at Lynn English, Mon., 7

5. Billerica (12-2); vs. North Andover, Mon., 4

6. Everett (9-1); vs. Medford, Mon., 4

7. Beverly (10-4); vs. Revere, Mon., 4:15

8. Burlington (9-4); at Wakefield, Mon., 3:45

9. Malden (8-4); vs. Northeast Metro, Mon., 3:45

10. Chelmsford (8-4); at Andover, Tues., 4

Top 10 softball teams

1. Danvers (12-0); vs Swampscott, Mon., 4

2. Central Catholic (11-2); vs Methuen, Mon., 3:30

3. Amesbury (11-1); at Georgetown, Mon., 3:45

4. Burlington (12-2); at Wakefield, Mon., 3:45

5. Wakefield (10-4); vs. Burlington, Mon., 3:45

6. Methuen (10-3); at Central Catholic, Mon., 3:30

7. Peabody (9-2); vs. Lynn English, Mon., 4

8. Dracut (9-3); at Billerica, Mon., 3:30

9. Reading (9-4); vs. Belmont, Mon., 3:45

10. Tewksbury (8-5); at Chelmsford, Mon., 3:30

Game of the Week

Peabody baseball at Lynn English, Monday 7

While Peabody rolls along tied atop the Northeast Conference with Danvers (14-1, 11-1 NEC), English is fighting to make the playoffs. With only two weeks left to play, Peabody’s bats will likely see 6-foot-4 Vanderbilt-bound lefty Ben Bowden, one of the state’s top pitchers.

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