1. Wednesday games will shape ISL – Rivers, Belmont Hill, Governor’s Academy, and BB&N are all deadlocked atop the ISL standings with two losses each. The Red Wings, Govs, and Belmont Hill have games Wednesday, and the results could significantly change the landscape going into the final leg of the season. A dark horse for the ISL title is Lawrence Academy, which is just behind the top four teams at 7-3. The Spartans can edge into the hunt if they knock off Rivers Wednesday.
2. St. John’s Prep wins Catholic Conference – The Eagles faced off against conference foe BC High Monday, winning, 3-2, on a walkoff homer in the ninth inning by David Bornstein. Not only did the Prep win in classic style, it sealed the Catholic Conference title in the process. St. John’s is 15-1 and swept one of its biggest rivals to earn the crown. It’ll be tough for any team to knock off these Eagles in the state tournament.
3. North Reading closing in on perfect season – The 14-0 Hornets are just five games away from finishing the season undefeated. Earlier this year, coach Frank Carey earned his 700th career victory, and his team hopes to continue adding to that tally. The road is not an easy one, however, as the Hornets take on Newburyport and Masconomet in two of their next three contests. Masco and the Clippers own the second- and third-place spots in the Cape Ann League. The Hornets will try their luck against Newburyport tonight and meet Masconomet Saturday.
4. Silver Lake’s Lundin having a gem of a season – The Lakers own the best record in the Patriot League at 13-1. Almost half of those victories have come with Mike Lundin on the mound. Lundin is 6-0 with 51 strikeouts in 38 innings. He has been a big part of Silver Lake’s impressive season and will be a tough hurler to beat in the state tournament.
5. Peabody bounces back – The Tanners couldn’t get things going against Northeastern Conference rival Beverly last Wednesday, losing, 6-1. Since that game, however, Peabody has gone 2-0, defeating Everett and Lynn English in close encounters. The Tanners won each game by a run, defeating Everett, 3-2, and Lynn English, 4-3. Beverly’s victory did not rattle Peabody. The Tanners have been out to prove last week’s game was just one bad day at the office.
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