Reading girls’ softball perseveres against Lexington
Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Reading girls’ softball team scored four times to beat Middlesex League foe Lexington, 6-5, on Monday afternoon.
Junior Cristina Tighe hit a two-out double, plating senior Holly Gilson to put the host Rockets (12-6) in front.
‘‘I’m more proud because we weren’t on at all today, said Reading coach Jill McElroy. “It shows the heart this team has, we just kept fighting through.’’
With two on and one out in the sixth, Gilson delivered a game-tying double, scoring Abby Hurley and Alexis Burnham.
In the seventh, Reading pitcher Emily Eagleston preserved the lead despite two Minuteman batters reaching base.
Eagleston pitched all seven innings, allowing all five runs but only two earned, striking out three batters.
‘‘We’re coming into ourselves,’’ said McElroy. ‘‘It’s our fifth consecutive win after a pretty devastating loss, we’re just getting into a groove.’’
Cardinal Spellman 3, Bishop Feehan 1 — Junior Brenna Sullivan fired a two-hitter and collected two RBIs at the plate for the Cardinals (6-7).
Haverhill 6, Wakefield 0 — Alyssa Wilson fired a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts as the Hillies (8-7) qualified for the Division 1 North tourney.
Northeast 8, Notre Dame (Tyngsborough) 0 — Brandi Neil allowed just two hits while striking out 14 for the Golden Knights (10-6) who qualified for the tournament. On offense, Maggie O’Brien finished 3 for 3 with four RBIs.
Westwood 13, Mt. Alvernia 9 — Sophomore Maggie Fahey (3 hits, 3 runs scored) and freshman Rachel Berliner (4 hits) led the Wolverines.
Wilmington 15, Newburyport 3 — Jenna Sweeney (2 for 3, a triple, 3 runs scored) and Ryan Bailey (2 for 4, 4 RBIs) provided the offensive firepower for the Wildcats while Ally Moran helped stifle the Clippers’ bats by striking out 11 in six innings.
BC High 3, Chelmsford 0 — Senior righthander Sean O’Connell of Natick threw a no-hitter as the No. 12 Eagles (13-7) blanked the 16th-ranked Lions. Sophomore Timmy Connor allowed just six hits and two earned runs for Chelmsford.
Beverly 5, Masconomet 0 — Brayden Clark threw a two-hit shutout and struck out 11 to lead the Panthers (9-9) to a win and a tournament berth.
Burlington 3, Melrose 0 — Sophomore Nick Pye threw a one-hitter and struck out five and junior Ryan O’Halloran went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Coyle & Cassidy 6, Old Rochester 0 — Brendan Flaven fired a one-hitter, striking out nine batters for the Warriors.
Lexington 4, Reading 0 — Graham Seed threw a complete-game shutout for the Minutemen (8-5).
Peabody 19, Melrose 8 — Colleen Crotty and Olivia Kiricoples each scored six goals and goalie Olivia Lavalle recorded 18 saves for the Tanners (13-5).
Wellesley 18, Natick 9 — Brooke Baker poured in seven goals and an assist as the 12th-ranked Raiders (16-4) rolled to a Bay State League win over the Redhawks.