Here's a look at the scores and highlights from Wednesday's high school action on the SouthCoast.
Apponequet 11, Swampscott 7
Thanks to four goals and three assists from Abby Bradley, the No. 8 Lakers advanced to the Elite 8 for the first time since 2014. Emilia Keane added four goals while Jayleigh Howarth chipped in with two goals and Cece Levrault scored once and had three assists. Allison Arruda made 11 saves in net. “To win two and get into the Elite 8, I’m so proud of them,” said Apponequet head coach Cindy Cuthbertson. “They showed composure.” Apponequet (15-5) visits top-seeded Newburyport (18-2) at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Div. 3 Elite 8.
Apponequet 6, Pittsfield 1
The No. 12 Lakers upset fifth-seeded Pittsfield to punch their ticket to the Div. 3 Elite 8. Lauren Bernaiche pitched seven innings, allowing one earned run on seven hits and one walk with six strikeouts. She also went 2-for-4 at the plate. Caleigh Venuti was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored while Christina Magnett was 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Eva Zuber was 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs while Morgan Saraceno was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Riley Fiano was 1-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored. The Lakers (12-10) will visit No. 4 Norton (20-2) at 4 p.m. on Friday in the Div. 3 Elite 8.
Triton 5, GNB Voc-Tech 1
The No. 10 Bears (14-10) lost in the Div. 3 Sweet 16 against No. 7 Triton. Hayleigh Silva went the distance on the mound, allowing five runs on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts. The game was tied at one through five innings, but Triton loaded the bases in the sixth and had a grand slam to pull out the victory. Ana Tsonis was 2-for-3 with an RIB while Genesis was 1-for-3 with a run score and Emma Machado was 1-for-3.
Tewksbury 8, Dartmouth 3
Megan Arruda took the loss for No. 14 Dartmouth against third-seeded Tewksbury in the Div. 2 Sweet 16, allowing eight runs on 10 hits while striking out one in six innings. Olivia Rapoza led the offense, going 2-for-3. Dartmouth finished the year with an overall record of 13-9.
Pentucket 15, Old Rochester 9
The No. 12 Bulldogs saw their season come to an end in the Div. 3 Sweet 16. They finished the year with an overall record of 13-7.
Apponequet 3, Gloucester 2
The No. 6 Lakers advanced in the Div. 3 tournament with wins from No. 1 Will Horton 6-2, 6-0 over Andry Payano-Sosa, No. 2 Nate Belmore 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 over Anders L’Hman and the second doubles team of Ryan Abreau and Judson Cardinali 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) over Noah Willett and Cam Widtfeldt. Apponequet (19-1) will face No. 3 Dover-Sherborn (17-3) in the Div. 3 Elite 8 on Friday at Medway.
Manchester-Essex 4, Wareham 1
Wareham's lone win in the Div. 4 Sweet 16 came from Brooklyn Bindas at first singles, winning 6-0, 6-1. The No. 18 Vikings finished the season with an overall record of 15-7.
Ashland 3, Fairhaven 1
The No. 24 Blue Devils’ run in the Div. 3 tournament ended in the Sweet 16 against eighth-seeded Ashland. “We had a good run,” said Fairhaven head coach Rudy Bulgar. “The seniors did the program well over the past few years. Ashland came up with some timely hits early. We had opportunities early, but left runners on second and third in the first, second and third innings. Then the bats went silent. We managed one hit for the rest of the game.” Jason Perry was 1-for-3 with a run scored while Aiden Hassey was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Colby Correia (1-for-3), Tyler Mahon (1-for-3), Nikko Morris (0-for-1 with two walks and two stolen bases) and Jaren Megan (1-for-3 with a double) also contributed. Mahon pitched three innings, allowing three runs on six hits with three strikeouts. Perry went four innings, allowing no hits with four walks while striking out 10. The Blue Devils finish the year with a record of 13-8.
South Hadley 14, Old Colony 4
In a game that was continued from Tuesday because of inclement weather, the No. 16 Cougars saw their perfect season come to an end. Will Harrop won 17 of 19 faceoffs and scored one goal. Stu Burnham and Luke Meelia each had one goal and one assist while Mason Belanger added a goal. Old Colony wrapped up a 20-1 season that included winning the State Vocational championship and Mayflower Athletic Conference championship. “This season has been special,” said Harrop. “We improved a lot since last year.” Both Burnham and Meelia surpassed 100 career goals this season. Harrop had 94 goals and 44 assists in 2023. He finished his career with 401 goals. “In practice we always work hard and set the bar high because when we play good teams, we play good,” said Harrop, who will play next year at Western New England University. “We definitely had an unbelievable season. Hopefully next season the boys keep playing well and keep Old Colony on the map.”
This article originally appeared on Standard-Times: SouthCoast high school sports roundup for Wednesday, June 7