Things got much tighter atop the ISL baseball standings when Belmont Hill blanked Rivers, 8-0, in Weston Saturday, making a four-way tie for first place. Belmont Hill, Rivers, Governor’s Academy, and BB&N all have just two losses.
Hillies pitcher Keelan Smithers went the distance, striking out 10 with just two walks.
“I think he got stronger as the game went on,” said Belmont Hill coach Mike Grant. “All those guys in [Rivers’s] lineup, they’re tough outs. There’s nobody in their lineup that’s going to go down looking. They competed early in the game and got his pitch count up but then he found his groove around the fourth and fifth.”
Already leading, 2-0, Belmont Hill rewarded Smithers with a five-run fourth inning, driving in runs on three straight doubles.
“We try to stay consistent with our approach. [Rivers pitcher Liam Kelliher] is pretty crafty, he did a good job in the early innings keeping us off balance,” said Grant.
Belmont Hill scored its last run in the sixth inning.
“It’s nice to get tied back for first,’’ said Grant. “We were excited to play and I think we brought good energy to it.’’
Lynnfield 3, Newburyport 0 — Sophomore Greg Basilesco pitched all seven innings, allowing only three hits in the Pioneers’ win. He also contributed an RBI single.
North Reading 2, Ipswich 0 — Ryan McAuliffe’s shutout helped the No. 7 Hornets (13-0) remain undefeated.
Concord-Carlisle 10, Newton South 5 — The Patriots (3-10) were led by Andrew Della Volpe’s two home runs and four RBIs and Joe Jacobs, who went 3 for 4 with a double.
Swampscott 12, Bedford 1 — Ryan January went 3 for 4 and hit two home runs, Robert Serino went 3 for 4 with three runs, and Alex Zuchero pitched six innings and struck out six for the Big Blue.
Bishop Fenwick 2, Archbishop Williams 1 — Sophomore Mike Campatelli’s RBI single in the 14th inning won it for the Crusaders.
Bridgewater-Raynham 14, Dennis-Yarmouth 6 — Sophomore second baseman Andrew Noviello drilled two grand slams to power the Trojans.
Wakefield 8, Melrose 3 — The Warriors (11-4) were led by Kayla Lapierre, who extended her hitting streak to 15 games.
Fairhaven 7, Dighton-Rehoboth 2 — Courtney Girouard led the Blue Devils (13-2), allowing five hits and striking out four. She also went 3 for 4 with four RBIs.
North Attleborough 13, Durfee 0 — The No. 3 Red Rocketeers got their 14th win of the season as junior Megan Colleran struck nine in the shutout, while also hitting a pair of three-run homers.
Woburn 4, Newton North 2 — The Tanners’ Angela Pappalardo struck out eight and junior shortstop Steph Kerrigan went 2 for 3 and scored a run.
Reading 12, Lexington 4 — Eric O'Brien and Charlie Colbin scored four goals each to lead the No. 14 Rockets (12-1).
Berwick 13, Hebron (Maine) 7 — The Lumberjacks (7-4) scored eight unanswered goals in the second half to knock off the Bulldogs (6-8), who got three goals from Will Reis.
Watertown 21, Burlington 8 — The Raiders (14-0) were led by Alyssa Carlson (five goals, four assists) and Lauren Sutherland (four goals, two assists).
Ursuline 20, Canton 17— Senior midfielder Kristen Hickey tied a season-high with 10 goals and two assists in the win.
Framingham 12, Duxbury 11 — Caroline Vonachen’s five goals helped the No. 13 Flyers (12-4) edge the No. 7 Green Dragons.
Oliver Ames 16, North Attleborough 15 — Senior captain Katie Barrera netted six goals to lead the Tigers (11-2).
Cardinal Spellman 4, Matignon 1 — The Cardinals (11-4) qualified for the tournament.