During Friday’s non-league matchup against Arlington, seventh-ranked North Andover displayed the variety of ways it can push runs across the board.
In a four-run third inning, the Knights put pressure on the defense, scoring a pair of runs on first-and-third situations, and stealing four bases. An inning later, the dangerous bats awoke. Three consecutive hard-hit singles added insurance runs, propelling North Andover to a 6-0 win over the host Spy Ponders.
Sophomore lefthander Brendan Holland did the rest on the bump, tossing six shutout innings.
“Our objective was to get on base any way and get moving,” North Andover coach Todd Dulin said. “We got some really good jumps. And Brendan was great today.”
After a pair of errors brought home the first run of the game, senior Jake McElroy (2 for 4) stole second and third, then scored on a throw down to second base on a Sebastian Keane steal. Catcher Jack Morin singled home Keane to make it 3-0 before Joe Quinlan scampered home from third on a throwing error by the catcher.
In the fourth, Tom Finn, McElroy, and Keane knocked consecutive single to open up a commanding 6-0 lead against Arlington ace Adam Bowler.
Making his first career varsity start, Holland kept the Spy Ponders off balance. He needed just 67 pitches to get 18 outs, allowing just three singles and inducing eight ground-ball outs.
“I wasn’t really thinking too much, just thinking of a normal game,” Holland said. “I didn’t have the pressure. I had a blank mind and just pounded the strike zone.”
With high expectations for the Knights (2-0), Holland’s emergence adds another element to an already talented staff led by the Northeastern-bound Keane.
“It’s good to see him perform in this way,” Dulin said.
Apponequet 9, Dighton-Rehoboth 2 — Senior Colin Fahey launched a 3-run home run to get the scoring started for the Lakers (2-0).
Arlington Catholic 5, Cardinal Spellman 1 — Junior Jason Smith threw a complete game for the Cougars (2-0), allowing only three hits, striking out two batters and allowing an unearned run against the Cardinals (1-1).
Boston English 13, Boston International 0 — Freshman Carlos Ovando threw a one-hitter and struck out 10 for the Eagles (3-1) in a win over the Lions (0-3).
Boston Latin 4, Waltham 0 — Asher Kaplan threw a two-hit shutout for the Wolfpack to top the Hawks in a DCL matchup.
Bridgewater-Raynham 8, Billerica 2 — Senior right fielder Chase Chuckran hit a bases-clearing double in the top of the sixth to break open the game for the Trojans (2-1). Seniors Brett Doherty and Nolan Andersen combined for 5 hits and 6 RBIs.
Catholic Memorial 5, Malden Catholic 3 — JP Olson’s triple in the top of the seventh knocked in 2 runs, lifting the Knights to victory in their first game of the season.
Lawrence 5, Malden 2 — Josias Mendez went the distance for the Lancers (2-0), allowing just three hits and striking out eight.
Lincoln-Sudbury 5, Acton-Boxborough 0 — James Dillon went 2 for 3 with a home run and 4 RBI to lead the Warriors (4-0).
Medfield 3, Westwood 0 — Junior Ryan Donahue struck out eight in six innings to lead the Warriors (4-0).
Natick 8, North Attleborough 6 — Junior Will Haskell went 2 for 4 with a home run and 4 RBI to lead the Redhawks (3-0).
North Andover 6, Arlington 0 — Sophomore lefthander Brendan Holland tossed six shutout innings to help the Knights (2-0).
Thayer 7, Bridgton Academy 5 — Junior Ryan St. Clair struck out 10 batters in 5 innings and allowed a pair of earned runs, and junior first baseman Jack Thorbahn went 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBIs, to power the Tigers (4-2) past the Bengals (1-4).
Lowell 9, Westford 1 — Freshman Giana LaCedra set a program record, striking out 19 batters for the Red Raiders (2-0).
Methuen 5, Marblehead 3 — Senior Nyah Mazzone recorded her 100th career hit on a 4th-inning single in the Rangers’ season-opening victory.
Austin Prep 5, Bishop Fenwick 0 — Senior Serena Gilbride tossed a shutout for the Cougars (1-1), fanning five Crusaders (0-2).
Case 5, Wareham 0 — Riley Burgess pitched a shutout, striking out four while only allowing three hits for the Cardinals (2-1).
Dennis-Yarmouth 15, Nauset 2 — Junior Abby Hicks struck out 11 for the Dolphins (3-1). Behind her, freshman Ava McGaffigan turned an unassisted double play at first base, snagging a line drive and diving back to the bag to nab the runner.
Dighton-Rehoboth 9, Apponequet 3 — Freshman Eliana Raposo led the Falcons (4-1) over the Lakers (1-1), going 2 for 3 at the plate with 3 runs scored and clearing the bases with a 3-RBI triple. Raposo also pitched and struck out six.
Holbrook 10, Westport 2 — Caroline Curtis struck out 14 while finishing 3 for 3 from the plate with two singles, a double, and 4 RBIs as the Bulldogs rolled in their first game of the year.
Newton North 7, Woburn 6 — Freshman Ella Maher (4 for 5, 3 RBIs) secured the win with a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the eighth for the Tigers (3-0).
North Andover 16, Essex Tech 3 — Ali Vienneau went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a stolen base for the Scarlet Knights (1-1).
Norwood 10, Holliston 2 — Freshman Caeli Reed went 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs to lead the Mustangs (2-0).
Essex Tech 11, Northeast 0 — Faissal Ferouni (4 goals) and Jacob Krajeski (3 goals) powered the Hawks (3-1).
Newburyport 11, Manchester Essex 10 — Hunter McCoy scored the double-overtime winner for the Clippers as they defeated the Hornets.
North Reading 12, Ipswich 11 — The tandem of Ben Yanakakis (4 goals, assist) and Isaiah Morrissey (2 goals, assist) led the Tigers (2-2) to a close victory over the Hornets.
Cambridge 41, Chelmsford 5 — Junior Henry Goodman went 6 for 7 kicking to lead the Falcons (2-0) over the Lions (0-1-1). Senior Jeff Sagastume converted a try as well.
Lawrence 3, Chelmsford 1 — Senior outside hitter Delfy Soler (24 kills) led the Lancers (3-0).
O’Bryant 3, Catholic Memorial 0 — Junior Raymond Mei had 9 kills for the Tigers (2-4).