We took in two of Thursday's best games (our plan to catch three was foiled by extra innings in the baseball game). Here's what unfolded:
Baseball: Xaverian vs. Lincoln-Sudbury
Sam Finn singles home Jason Roth in the bottom of the eight as L-S emerges with a 2-1 win.
Roth opened the inning with a single off reliever Matt Morin (pitching on 2-day's rest following a brilliant performance against BC High Monday). Mark Hogan followed with a sacrifice attempt that rolled perfectly down the third-base line allowing him to reach safely while advancing Roth to second.
Finn ripped a single to right and Roth raced home ahead of the throw for the victory.
Tied, 1-1 (bot 6th)
Mark Hogan hit a solo homer to tie this game moving to the seventh inning.
Xaverian, 1-0 (top 6th)
Welcome to Sudbury, where the visiting Hawks lead host L-S, 1-0, in the top of the sixth.
Xaverian pushed across the game's lone run in the top of the third with a little two-out magic as Matt Morin singled, took second on a wild pitch, then scored on an opposite-field single by Sean Reilly.
Girls' lacrosse: Andover vs. Framingham
A final from Framingham, the Flyers prevail, 13-9.
Tied, 4-4 (half):
The teams head to the intermission knotted at 4. A very entertaining first half. Framingham dominated possession, but the Warriors came up with big defensive stands and cashed in on their opportunities.
We're zipping off to Sudbury now for more action, but we've got a correspondent here who will continue to feed us details so keep an eye on this space for more.
Tied, 4-4 (8:26, 1st)
Framingham bounces back to tie things up with Andover on goals by Sam Zetlin and Rachel Igoe (showing flashes of her sister's speed) as we're knotted at 4 with 8:26 to play in the first half.
Andover, 4-2 (12:00, 1st)
Framingham struck for a pair of free-position goals in the early going, but Andover has responded with four consecutive scores, including two for Heather Sullivan, to open a 4-2 advantage midway through the first half.
Welcome to Framingham, where the third-ranked Flyers girls' lacrosse team is set to host fifth-ranked Andover in a nonleague showdown.
The visiting Warriors check in at 5-0, but should receive their stiffest test of the season against a 7-1 Framingham squad (the Flyers fell to Bay State Conference rival Wellesley, snapping a 52-game winning streak back on April 7).
We're going to alter our plan of attack ever-so slightly today with the idea of getting more games on film. We're going to make it a tripleheader this afternoon and here's what we're hoping to see (in this particular order):
- girls' lacrosse Andover at Framingham
- boys' volleyball Newton North at Lincoln-Sudbury
- baseball Xaverian at Lincoln-Sudbury
Essentially, we're adding a couple of pit stops before getting to the baseball game. With the proximity of all these games, we're hoping to create a highlight reel of some of the day's best action in a variety of sports.
As usual, we'll pass along updates along our way.
The Globe's Amanda Bruno is taking in the Andover-Framingham battle and will have a full recap as part of Thursday's school roundup.
For more details on this afternoon's baseball battle, check out the preview below. Back with more in a bit.
L-S, the reigning Division 1 state champs, has dominated its competition (save only for a one-run victory over Dual County League rival Westford Academy). Its other four opponents have fallen by a combined score of 36-2.
The Warriors posted a 25-1 record last fall while claiming the state crown.
Xaverian endured its first loss Wednesday, letting a potential victory over Catholic Conference rival St. John's Prep slip away in a 5-4 defeat. The Hawks already boast quality wins over St. John's (Shrewsbury), Brockton, and BC High.
Xaverian scraped together a 10-10 regular-season record last spring, but stormed to the Division 1 South semifinals before falling to eventual sectional champion BC High.
We'll have more from Sudbury this afternoon.
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