Lowell Catholic jumped ahead 2-0 in the top of the first inning but Amesbury went on to win 3-2 in a well-played Division 3 North softball semifinal at Martin Field on Saturday.
In New Hampshire tourney play, the Alvirne High baseball team advanced, while Pelham baseball bowed out.
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Senior right-hander Allison Moylan closed out her Lowell Catholic career with an outstanding performance. Over seven innings, Moylan allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks. She struck out five.
Junior shortstop Maddie Medina went 2-for-3 for No. 10 seed Lowell Catholic, which finished 14-9. Senior catcher Katilin Carbonneau went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
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Junior left-hander Derek Hudson struck out nine while pitching a complete game, and Cam Blake went 3-for-3 to lead Alvirne's 11-hit attack, as the Broncos advanced to the New Hampshire Division 1 semfinals.
No. 7 seed Alvirne (12-8) will play No. 3 Pinkerton Academy on Wednesday (4 p.m.) at Holman Stadium. In the teams' regular-season meeting back on April 16, Pinkerton won 7-6.
Against Timberlane, Alvirne scored three runs in the bottom of the first and three more in the fourth.
Hudson, who improved to 4-0, allowed 7 hits and 3 walks. Timberlane's only run scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning.
Blake's 3 hits included a double. He also had an RBI and scored a run.
Tyler Brown had 2 hits, 2 RBI and 1 run scored. Greg Emanuelson also had 2 hits. Anthony Cestrone and Robbie Flohr each had an RBI single. Matt McKinley also had an RBI.
Broncos leadoff hitter Danny Brown had 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 sacrifice bunts and scored 2 runs.
Because it is seeded No. 14, the Bow High baseball team is the darling of the New Hampshire Division 3 baseball tournament so far.
But this Cinderella story is not a heartwarming tale for No. 6 Pelham High, which lost to Bow two days after Bow (12-7) knocked off No. 3 Monadnock.
Pelham had only 3 hits in the game, 2 singles by Ryan Frank and a single by Mike Pelletier.
"We hit the ball. We only struck out twice. But we hit the ball to where they were at," said Pelham coach Billy Beauchesne.
Bow, with three tournament victories, advances to a semifinal on Thursday against No. 2 Somersworth at Southern N.H. University.
Pelham and Bow had split two regular-season meetings. Bow won 12-0 at Pelham on April 14. Pelham won 9-8 at Bow on May 21.
Pelham, a semifinalist last season, finished at 12-6.
Austin Hourani scored 3 goals and assisted on a fourth as the Crusaders fell to the two-time defending state champions in the Division 3 Central/East final.
Zach Cotini also scored a goal while Quintin Forbes picked up 2 assists. Goalie P.J. Kendall was oustanding, making 18 saves on a busy afternoon.
G-D finishes up 12-9, D-S is 17-3. "It was a great year for our 10 seniors," said coach Rick Arena. "They fought really hard to get themselves this far. It was a great year."