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

    HIGH 5

    Sydnee Bessler , Matignon: The sophomore had 16 strikeouts in a 2-0 win over Lowell Catholic.

    Olivia Brothers , Peabody: The senior catcher powered the Tanners to a 13-5 victory over Lynn Classical, belting two home runs and knocking in six runs.


    Ryan McAuliffe , North Reading: The 6-foot-4 righty dominated Newburyport in a 9-1 victory, not allowing a hit for the first four innings and finishing his complete-game performance with 15 strikeouts. He followed with a 3-run inside-the-park home run in a 20-4 thrashing of Lynn Tech the next day.

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    Zarief Pajazetovic , Everett: Leading his team past undefeated Malden, the pitcher struck out 11 over six innings and aided his own cause with a two-run double in the first inning.

    John Papasodora , Revere: The senior captain paced the Patriots to their second straight victory with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate, knocking in four runs and stealing four bases in a 12-3 win over Salem.

    Top 10 baseball teams

    (Records through Tuesday, with next game listed)


    1. St. John's Prep (7-1); vs. Malden Catholic, Mon., 4

    2. North Reading (4-0); vs. Masconomet, Tues., 3:45

    3. Burlington (3-1); vs. Stoneham, Mon., 3:45

    4. Peabody (5-1); vs. Revere, Mon., 4

    5. Lynnfield (1-1); vs. Amesbury, Tues., 3:45


    6. Beverly (3-2); at Salem, Mon., 3:45

    7. Malden (4-1); at Somerville, Mon., 4

    8. Chelmsford (3-0); at Tewksbury, Wed., 4

    9. Everett (3-1); Medford, Fri. 4

    10. Lynn English (2-2); vs. Swampscott, Wed., 4

    Top 10 Softball Teams

    1. Burlington (4-0); vs Stoneham, Mon., 3:30

    2. Dracut (3-0); vs North Andover, Wed., 3:45

    3. Danvers (4-0); vs Gloucester, Mon., 4

    4. Methuen (4-0); at Andover, Mon., 3:30

    5. Malden (3-2); at Lynnfield, Mon., 4

    6. Central Catholic (2-1); at Lowell, Mon., 4

    7. Winchester (1-1); vs Melrose, Mon. 4

    8. Tewksbury (3-1); at Haverhill, Mon., 3:30

    9. Wakefield (3-1); vs Bedford, Mon., 3

    10. Matignon (4-2); vs Arlington Catholic, Mon., 3:30.

    Game of the Week

    North Reading (4-0) vs Masconomet (3-1), Tuesday 3:45

    Defending Division 3 champion North Reading faces a tough battle against a Cape Ann League foe. The Hornets feature a strong lineup, but pitching is their key, with senior aces Ryan McAuliffe and R.J. Warnock.

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