Here's the latest you need to know in baseball this week.
1. Peabody and Beverly Face Off -- The Tanners and Panthers face off at Beverly Wednesday in a clash of the Northeastern Conference’s top teams. Peabody is undefeated in both the conference and on the road. Beverly has suffered all four of its losses to conference rivals and will have to find a way to rattle Tanners hurler Pat Ruotolo.
2. Xaverian Shows Signs of Life Against Malden Catholic -- The No. 20 Hawks have had a rough season, owning just a 6-7 record. Still, the team showed signs of coming alive as it defeated Malden Catholic, 3-1, in extra innings Monday. With the victory, Xaverian improved its Catholic Conference record to 2-4. The Hawks showed last year that they can turn things around late in the year; we’ll see if they can do that again.
3. St. Mary’s Halts Archbishop Williams – The Spartans traveled to No. 18 Archbishop Williams Monday and shut down the Bishops. St. Mary’s beat Archies, 4-0, allowing just five hits. With a victory, the Bishops could’ve clinched a spot in the state tournament. Now they’ll have to wait another game to do so, carrying a two-game losing streak.
4. No. 12 Malden Catholic Slumping – With the loss to Xaverian, the Lancers have lost three straight. Malden Catholic lost a close one to BC High, 2-1, last Friday, took a beating, 14-5, against Billerica the next day and then lost to Xaverian in extra innings Monday. The stretch has hurt the Lancers’ chances of chasing down BC High or St. John’s Prep this year. MC’s record is now 7-7. With the recent skid, it’s a two-team battle for the Catholic Conference title.
5. No. 13 Braintree Looking for Big Conference Win – The Wamps have a chance to get closer to chasing down Newton North in the Bay State Conference this Wednesday. All that is standing in their way is a 5-8 Natick team that has gone 2-4 in its last six. If the Wamps can grab the victory, they’ll stay one game behind Newton North, which faces 7-7 Wellesley the same day. The Tigers have lost three of four, to the likes of Brookline, Braintree, and No. 2 Walpole. Things could get a lot tighter atop the Bay State Conference after Wednesday night.
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