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

HIGH 5

Brandon Bingel , St. John’s Prep: In his last appearance on the mound for the Eagles, the senior gave up five hits, struck out 11, and walked one in a complete game 5-0 shutout of Peabody in Division 1 North semis.

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Liam Coughlin , Lowell Catholic: The 6-foot-1 Brandeis University- bound senior continued his postseason dominance with a four-hit, complete game shutout in the Division 4 state championship game as the Crusaders won 1-0 on a walk-off single by Alex Larmand.

Molly Doyle , St. Mary’s: The shortstop went 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs for the Spartans as they rolled over the Wildcats 7-3 to win the Division 3 North title.

Kyle Murphy , Billerica: After his second hit produced his second RBI of the day, he scored the eventual winning run on a balk in the Indians’ 4-3 win over St. John’s Prep in the Division 1 North final. Teammate and namesake Chris Murphy delivered on the mound, throwing 132 pitches over six innings, striking out 8 and scattering 3 hits.

Meghan Sears , Central Catholic: The senior outfielder went 2 for 4 at the plate with 3 RBIs in Central Catholic’s comeback 5-3 win against Concord-Carlisle in the Division 1 North semifinals, then went 2 for 4 again with 2 more RBI in the North Final as the Raiders defeated Newton North 10-2.

Top 10 baseball teams

(Records through Wednesday)

1. Billerica (18-6)

2. St. John’s Prep (22-2)

3. Peabody (20-5)

4. Lowell Catholic (19-5)

5. Medford (18-4)

6. Central Catholic (16-6)

7. Westford (15-8)

8. Masconomet (19-6)

9. Danvers (21-3)

10. Whittier (18-7)

Top 10 softball teams

1. Burlington (21-3)

2. St. Mary’s (20-5)

3. Central Catholic (20-5)

4. Tewksbury (17-7)

5. Danvers (19-2)

6. Amesbury (19-3)

7. Whittier (18-7)

8. Wakefield (14-7)

9. Dracut (14-6)

10. Reading (13-10)

By The Numbers

1 Number of times Lowell Catholic had ever moved beyond the first round of the state tournament, number of state championships for Lowell Catholic following their win Wednesday vs Pope John II, and number of runs they scored in their 1-0 walk-off win.

7 Number of consecutive seasons St. Mary’s of Lynn softball has advanced to the North final. The Spartans captured the 2013 title with a 7-3 victory over Whittier.

Pat Bradley can be reached at patrick.bradley@gmail.com.
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