Undefeated coming into the state baseball tournament, No. 1 seed Littleton on Friday was stunned by No. 16 Bartlett in nine innings, 2-1, in a shocking Division 4 Central first-round game.
Bartlett (10-12) scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth (extra innings) on a double, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.
Littleton finished 20-1.
In a Div. 3 North first-round game, Shawsheen senior right-hander Matt Lucia tossed a complete game and belted a grand slam in the fifth inning to snap a 3-3 tie, as the Rams defeated Arlington Catholic, 7-3.
Dracut's Division 2 North first-round game versus Lynn Classical was postponed to Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brookside Field in Dracut. The winner of that game will play Sunday at Danvers at 6:30 p.m.
Division 4 Central
Matt Jackson went 3-for-4 with a double and scored Littleton's only run on a Bartlett error in the sixth inning.
Bartlett's Justin Caro pitched a complete game and also went 3-for-4.
Bartlett had defeated Parker Charter, 7-1 in a preliminary-round game for the right to play Littleton.
Littleton had 7 hits in the game. Trailing 1-0, the Tigers put runners at first and third with nobody out in the fourth, but did not score.
Alex McLaughlin pitched seven strong innings for Littleton.
Division 3 North
Arlington Catholic 3
Lucia, recently named a co-MVP of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference Large School Division, allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits over 7 innings. He walked one and struck out six, improving his pitching record to 7-2.
No. 7 Shawsheen (14-7) moves on to a quarterfinal (TBA) against the winner of Saturday's Bishop Fenwick at North Reading game.
James Gibb hit a 2-run single during a 3-run third that put Shawsheen up 3-2. No. 10 seed Arlington Catholic (13-8) tied it 3-3 in the top of the fifth.
But with one out in the bottom of the fifth, Andy Diranian walked, Tim Lavoie singled and Gibb was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lucia hit the very next pitch over the center-field fence to make it 7-3.
Lavoie had a single, double, 1 RBI and scored 2 runs.