Sydnee Bessler , Matignon: The sophomore had 16 strikeouts in a 2-0 win over Lowell Catholic.
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.
Pat Bradley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.