The Dracut Middies kept up their impressive hitting by sending the No. 1 seed and reigning Division 2 state finalists from Burlington home after an 11-1 defeat in a Division 2 North quarterfinal softball game in Burlington.
Dracut (14-7) has now scored 25 runs in two tournament games and will play the winner of Arlington Catholic/Swampscott on Wednesday at 6:45 at Lowell's Martin Field.
Tewksbury also won and will play in the other quarterfinal game against Danvers (4 p.m.) after the Redmen edged Arlington, 1-0, in eight innings. Austin Prep won in Division 3 North over Mount Alvernia, 11-1, led by a dominating performance by eighth-grader Logan MacDonald. Lowell fell to Newton North, 3-1, to end a successful season.
DIVISION 1 NORTH
Newton North 3
No. 4 seed Newton North scored three unearned runs in the second inning, which was enough to top No. 13 seed Lowell.
Courtney Latta was the tough-luck losing pitcher as she went the distance.
She gave up 6 hits without issuing a walk and struck out 3. Offensively, Lowell managed just 5 hits as Madison Alcorn had 2, while Chloe Manousos, Eleanor Callery and Kelsey Higgins had one each. Jordan McCarthy (second base) and Sarah Byam (left field) played well defensively.
"We finished the season at 14-7 and we only have three seniors, so most of the team is coming back so we're looking forward to next year and hoping we can do better," said head coach Rick O'Brien.
Everett threw a scare into second-seeded Concord-Carlisle by scoring twice in the seventh, but the Patriots held on Saturday.
Concord-Carlisle (18-3) will play the winner of Monday's game between Chelmsford and Revere. The game is scheduled to be held Wednesday (4 p.m.) in Concord, though if Chelmsford wins the game may be moved to Thursday due to Chelmsford's prom.
Central Catholic 7
Lynn Classical 1
The Merrimack Valley Conference member had little difficulty advancing at home.
The 11th-seeded Raiders (15-6) advance to battle No. 6 Newton South (15-5), which received a preliminary round bye.
Newton South will host Tuesday's game at 4 p.m.
Division 2 North
Junior Madison Ryan had the big day for the Middies and just missed out on the cycle.
She belted 3 hits --a double, triple and a home run -- and also knocked in 5 runs.
Junior Sam Durand had 3 hits and 3 RBI, and Shannon Ramirez had 2 hits, including a triple, and knocked in a run.
She was also the winning pitcher, going all 7 innings, giving up an unearned run on 7 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1.
Burlington finished 16-3.
The red-hot pitching of Shannon McLaughlin continued as she tossed a complete-game shutout, her second straight in the tournament, giving up just 2 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 7. In 15 tournament innings, she has given up 3 hits, 3 walks and has struck out 18.
The game was scoreless entering the top of the eighth when senior Brooke Hardy led off with an infield single. She was sacrificed to second by freshman Marissa Doherty. McLaughlin then singled to left, sending Hardy to third while McLaughlin took second on the throw home.
One out later, freshman Adrianna Favreau hit a slow roller to deep shortstop and beat the throw to first as Hardy came across with the lone run.
McLaughlin then retired the side in order in the bottom of the eighth to secure the win.
Hardy had 2 hits, while McLaughlin, Favreau and Teagan Trant had the others. Junior catcher Jess Silva played exceptional behind the plate.
Tewksbury (16-6) advances to the sectional semifinals for the third straight season.
DIVISION 3 NORTH
Greater Lowell 16
The 16th-seeded Gryphons didn't just oust top-seeded Brighton -- they hammered their hosts during a mercy-rule game stopped after five innings.
Greater Lowell didn't waste any time laying the groundwork for its blowout -- the visitors went up 13-0 after half an inning.
Senior right-hander Meghan Sullivan tossed a no-hitter, struck out 7 and walked none.
Offensively, Greater Lowell banged out 18 hits. Senior center fielder Savanna Coutu went 3-for-4, ripped 2 doubles and drove in 3 runs. Junior catcher Tea Sullivan went 3-for-3 with an RBI.
Defensively, the Gryphons received fine play from shortstop Kaylee Morin and first baseman Rachel Silva.
GLT will play Tuesday at perennial power St. Mary's of Lynn (3:30 p.m.).
Austin Prep 11
Mt. Alvernia 1
Eighth-grader Logan MacDonald of Wilmington tossed a 2-hitter and struck out 19 batters to lead the No. 15 seed Austin Prep Cougars (12-9) past Mount Alvernia (16-3), the No. 2 seed.
Austin was led offensively by Rachael Utegg, who had a two-run home run in the fifth.
The Cougars will play Lowell Catholic on Tuesday (4 p.m.) at Ventura Field in Lowell.