St. John’s Prep baseball highly motivated for second Super 8 bid

St. John’s Prep pitcher Justin Foley (above), the Catholic Conference MVP, has given up only four earned runs in 51 innings. Coach Dan Letarte (left) said this year’s team is “probably the hardest-working bunch of kids I’ve ever coached.”

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Catholic Conference MVP Justin Foley, Eagles (18-2) set to take flight after early exit from 2014 tourney.

// Braintree, Bridgewater-Raynham prepped for second year of Super 8

Bill O’Connell’s Wamps are 8-2 in games decided by two runs or less after last year’s run to tourney final.

// Newton North well-armed for long tournament run

Coach Joe Siciliano’s 15-6 squad may fall short of defending Super 8 title, but have pitching to contend in Division 1.

Friday’s school roundup: Dennis-Yarmouth knocks off Marshfield in softball

The Dolphins avenged their only loss and clinched the Atlantic Coast League title.

// Latin Academy dominates Boston City League track championships

The girls won their fourth straight crown, while the boys took the top spot for the third successive year.

Thursday’s school roundup: Cambridge beats O’Bryant in boys’ volleyball

Cambridge Rindge and Latin kicked off the Division 1 North boys’ volleyball tournament with a 3-0 shutout of visiting O’Bryant Thursday.

Esdras Rojas struck out nine and walked nine in West Roxbury’s win Monday.

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A win for West Roxbury’s Esdras Rojas, a game ball for his mother

The junior pitcher dedicated his win Monday to his mother, who is battling ovarian cancer.

Norwood is tested by Notre Dame (H) in softball

Mustangs (19-1) hope close call is what they need entering state tournament.

// Spring tournaments are about to blossom

The next few weeks will be packed with action as championships are decided in several sports.

Wednesday’s school roundup: Chelmsford shuts out Westford Academy in softball

Chelmsford’s senior ace Jackie Arndt struck out 21 in shutting down visiting Westford Academy’s softball team, 7-0, Wednesday afternoon.


// Plymouth North’s Joe Walsh is Gatorade’s Mass. Player of the Year

Walsh, a pitcher and first baseman, is now a finalist for National Player of the Year.