The Newton South softball team opened the season hoping to avenge its 2012 final regular-season loss that kept the Lions out of the playoffs. Freshman Kim-An Quinn got the Lions off to a good start by striking out 12 in a 9-4 victory over visiting Waltham.
For Lions coach Dave Salett, seeing Quinn pitch her first game was a long time in the making.
“We’ve known her since fifth grade when she joined our pitching clinics. We’ve waited four years for today . . . I think she’s a special player,” said Salett.
Quinn loaded the bases in the first but surrendered just one run.
Belmont 21, Cambridge 14 — Junior Kendall Brown had two home runs for the Marauders.
Apponequet 1, Old Rochester 0— Junior Josh Fickert threw a no-hitter for the Lakers. Fickert recorded 12 strikeouts and two walks in eight innnings.
Newton North 8, Braintree 4 — Philip Biancuzo hit two triples and had three RBIs for the Tigers, and Ted Rodliff pitched four innings of scoreless relief.
Abington 7, Cohasset 4 — Michael Walsh (1-0) struck out 10 and gave up two earned runs for the Green Wave.
Arlington Catholic 16, Brighton 4 — Senior Timmy Conroy struck out seven, walked one, and had three hits and two RBIs for the Cougars.
Cambridge 3, Revere 2 — Ted Downing hit a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth for the Falcons.
Franklin 13, Falmouth 3 — Senior attackmen Jake Sargent and Bobby Partner combined for six goals for the Panthers.
Billerica 11, Chelmsford 7 — Lindsay Whiteway had three goals for the Indians.