1. Chelmsford knocks off Billerica – The Lions went to Billerica’s home diamond Monday and knocked off the previously unbeaten Indians. Chelmsford struggled out of the gate against pitcher Robby Gambale but put everything together in the third inning. After watching the Lions collect three extra-base hits and drive in nine runs in that inning, there’s no reason to leave them off ths list.
2. Down goes Newton North – Newton North also saw its undefeated streak end Monday, losing to Natick, 9-8. The Tigers committed five errors and couldn’t finish a rally in the ninth inning. Newton North had the tying run on base but couldn’t drive it in. The Tigers got close to keeping their undefeated streak alive ... but a loss is a loss.
3. Walpole next on Natick’s list – The Rebels are not undefeated, as Newton North was, but they’ll take on Natick today in what should be a fun game at the Redhawks' home diamond. The Rebels' only loss in their 9-1 season was on the road against none other than Newton North. Natick will be looking not only to improve its 2-5 league record but also knock off the No. 1 team in the Bay State’s Herget Division after knocking off the top one in the Carey Division.
4. Xaverian fighting to get to .500 -- While Walpole and Natick are jockeying for position in the Bay State Conference, Xaverian will be hoping to get back to .500. The Hawks have split their last four contests. They defeated Natick and Brockton before dropping two straight games against Catholic Memorial and BC High. Xaverian will have to knock off the new top dog in the Catholic Conference, St. John’s Prep, to get to 6-6 today. The Hawks have their work cut out, but a win against the Prep would be a huge confidence boost.
5. North Reading continues dominance – While the list of undefeated teams in the state continues to dwindle, North Reading continues to march on. The Hornets trounced Trition, 10-0, in their latest game after defeating Hamilton-Wenham, 7-2, on April 25. The closest call came April 23 against Masconomet, a 6-5 victory. Other than that, it’s been relatively smooth sailing for North Reading, with little reason to doubt the team going forward.
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