Sam Durand hit a 2-run single in the top of the eighth inning to lift Dracut past Chelmsford, 5-3, in a Merrimack Valley Conference softball game Monday night.
Chelmsford had tied the score with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Dracut pitcher Shannon Ramirez retired the Lions in order in the eighth.
Ramirez over 8 innings allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits and 4 walks. She struck out 4. At the plate, Ramirez had a single and a triple and scored 2 runs.
Jen Gomes and Madison Ryan also each had 2 hits for Dracut (9-6, 8-4 MVC).
Shannon Garrity hit 2 triples and scored 2 runs for Chelmsford (11-5, 8-4).
Central Catholic 2
After both teams went scoreless through the first four innings, Tewksbury got on the board first with a run in the top of the fifth and two more in the top of the sixth. Central Catholic cut the deficit back to one with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Tewksbury put the game away with a four-run top of the seventh.
Senior righty Shannon McLaughlin, who has been the pitcher of record for every game this season for Tewksbury, went the distance, allowing 1 earned run, 1 walk, and 4 hits while striking out 4. She and the team are 13-4.
Senior shortstop Brooke Hardy went 3-for-4 with 1 RBI. Freshmen Adrianna Favreau and Teagan Trant both went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
Bishop Guertin 12
Nashua North 0
Gina Pustizzi and Jocelyn Petry each went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI to fuel the Cardinals to the five-inning blowout win.
That was plenty of offense for Bridget Soraghan, who allowed just 1 hit. Other offensive stars were Holly Kathios (1-for-3, 2 run, 2 steals, 2 RBI) and freshman Dakota Bilodeau (2-for-3, 2 runs, steal, RBI).
Soraghan, Anna Casey, Olivia Coluntuoni and Leah Perez each had an RBI. Kathios also had an unassisted double play in the outfield.
The Tigers, winners of three straight, scored a run in the top of the sixth to break a 6-6 tie and qualify for the state tournament.
Sarah Woods went the distance to earn the win. She struck out 5, walked 1 and allowed 9 hits. Offensively, Woods launched a two-run homer in the third.
Kaitlin Campbell unloaded a three-run homer in the fourth. Other offensive stars for Littleton (8-5) were Jess Peterson (1-for-2, double), Jamie Keenan (2-for-3) and Meaghann Ackerman (1-for-3, 2 RBI).
Kaycee Carbone ripped a two-run homer, drove in 2 runs and scored a run, but the Broncos fell on the road.
Sara Siteman and Christina Guessferd each went 1-for-3 with a single. Evelyn Susko drove in a run for Alvirne. Nichole Teague took the loss for Alvirne (5-8), who couldn't overcome Salem's six-run second.
Lunenburg scored twice in the top of the ninth and held on to win.
Marissa Vellucci had an RBI single and Kristin Connell a 2-run double during a 3-run third inning for Tyngsboro that tied the score 3-3.
Tyngsboro's Brooke Bocagz drove in Sydney Savard to tie the game 6-6 in the sixth inning.
Bocagz also pitched for the Tigers, striking out 10 batters.
Lowell Catholic 5
Notre Dame 2
Allison Moylan pitched a 4-hitter with 1 walked and 9 strikeouts, and Andrea Cervizzi went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, as Lowell Catholic improved to 12-6.
Kaitlin Carbonneau and Susan Finno each had an RBI single for the Crusaders.
Sam Gibson went the distance on the mound while going 4-for-4 at the plate as the Red Devils clinched the Middlesex League Freedom Division title.
Kaela Hersee went 3-for-4 with a double and home run for Burlington (15-1).
On Saturday, Gibson and Rachel Carlino combined to throw a no-hitter in Burlington's 9-0 win over Stoneham.
Boston Latin 1
Senior Emily Chateauneuf went 3-for-4, with a 2-run homer and 2 RBI for the Grey Ghosts. The homer was Chateauneuf's 10th of the season.
Senior Alexa Sullivan also blasted a homer for Westford Academy (12-8).
Meagan Scannell had 2 hits and scored a run.
Christie Raymond went the distance on the mound, scattering 5 hits while striking out 5.