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


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

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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.

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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