HIGH-FLYIN’ LION: Chelmsford High runner Abby Desrosiers leaps high to avoid the tag from Tewksbury catcher Jess Silva during Friday’s MVC
HIGH-FLYIN' LION: Chelmsford High runner Abby Desrosiers leaps high to avoid the tag from Tewksbury catcher Jess Silva during Friday's MVC softball game. Desrosiers dove back to touch home plate as the Lions won, 3-1, to clinch a share of the MVC title. SUN/BOB WHITAKER

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Shannon Garrity went 3-for-3 with an RBI, and Chelmsford pitcher Jackie Arndt struck out 10 batters, as the Lions on Friday defeated Tewksbury, 3-1, to win a share of the Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1 title.

In this wildest MVC softball pennant race in memory, Chelmsford and Methuen already own shares of the league title at 10-4. The winner of Sunday's Central Catholic at Dracut game will also grab a share.

Tewksbury fell to 9-5 in the league.

Chelmsford 3

Tewksbury 1

Garrity, a junior, raised her batting average to .620 on the season. Arndt, also a junior, allowed 1 run on 6 hits and 3 walks.

Chelmsford (14-5) scored its three runs in the first inning against Tewksbury ace Shannon McLaughlin, who also struck out 10 batters.

Senior Brooke Hardy had 2 hits for Tewksbury.

Dracut 11

Billerica 6

Billerica scored 5 runs in the top of the first inning, but Dracut reeled in the visitors, with Allison Ramirez and Madison Ryan each driving in three runs.

Ramirez had 2 hits, including a triple. Ryan also had 2 hits. Sam Durand had 3 hits, including a double, and 2 RBI.

Dracut (10-6) secured a state-tournament bid. The Middies can still win a share of the MVC Division 1 title by beating Central Catholic on Sunday.

Groton-Dunstable 4

Fitchburg 1

Groton-Dunstable senior Alyssa Ash pitched a 3-hitter with 13 strikeouts, including her 300th career K, and also smacked a solo home run.

Groton-Dunstable improved to 9-10, and needs to defeat Tyngsboro on Sunday at home to qualify for the state tournament.

Ash had an RBI ground out in the first inning, hit a home run leading off the fourth, and later scored another run. Annika Liljegren had an RBI single for the Crusaders.