The Billerica Little League National 11U All-Stars finished a successful summer season in the Baystate League, competing in both weekend trophy
The Billerica Little League National 11U All-Stars finished a successful summer season in the Baystate League, competing in both weekend trophy championships. The team went 10-5, finishing fourth out of 32 teams from Eastern Mass. Front row, from left, Danny Cabrera, Matthew Lewitzky, Drew Tomassetti, Stephen Harris, Garret Climo. Middle: Ankeet Patel, Michael Stack, Kyle Jackson, Kyle Dillon, Ryan Browne, Tej Patel, Matty Grimes. Back: Manager Peter Stack, coaches Ryan Stack, John Harris, George Grimes. COURTESY PHOTO

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In Suburban Pony League playoff action Tuesday, Chelmsford swept away Reading, while the Billerica Floggers evened their series with a shutout victory over Lawrence.

Area roundup

In state American Legion tournament play, Lowell couldn't rally and dropped a 6-2 decision to Kingston during a game suspended Sunday by storms and then postponed again Monday.



14-15 Division

Billerica Floggers 6

Lawrence 0

The Floggers bounced back from a tough luck 2-1 first-game loss on Sunday to even up the first-round playoff series.

Mike Whalen had himself a game in Lawrence, throwing a no-hitter (7 innings, 6 walks) and also going 3-for-3 with a triple and an RBI at the plate.

Ben Marasco had a triple and 2 RBI, while Kyle Cortese, Dylan Salk and Aaron Bennett all had singles for the Floggers. Defensively, the Floggers turned a nice 1-6-3 (Whalen, Cortese, Ryan Cummiskey) double play in the fourth inning.

Billerica will host the rubber game Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) at the Locke Middle School.

Chelmsford 2

Reading 0

Chelmsford recorded its second straight shutout to advance past a very game Reading club.

Josh Roberge fired a complete-game 3 hitter, striking out 6. Chelmsford struck for its two runs in the top of the first on run-scoring hits by Kevin Sweeney and Nick Glekas. After that, the visitors played solid defense, with Jon Barry, Mike Perez and Matt Vignola all making exceptional plays.



Kingston 6

Lowell 2

Lowell was officially ousted from the state tournament Tuesday.

Post 87 trailed Kingston, 6-2, with one out in the ninth inning Sunday when stormy weather forced the game to be postponed to Monday. Heavy rains and an unplayable field in Sudbury moved the game back another day.

When play resumed, a Lowell batter popped out on a 3-and-2 pitch. After a Post 87 batter was hit by a pitch, the game ended on a strikeout.


Leominster 3

Groton 2

Groton lost a painful semifinal game when Leominster first baseman Jordan Mays doubled home the winning run in the ninth inning in Lunenburg.

Leominster will play Westminster in the title series.

Trailing 2-0, Groton's defense was on full display in the fourth inning. Shortstop Kyle Priest fielded a well-struck ball by Aaron Gilmore and flipped it on to second for a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.

Groton tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning on a bases-loaded, two-run single by Jake Barnes that went into right field. Connor Mulligan and Matt Naughton scampered across to score.

Groton, which turned three double plays, finishes the season with a 7-9 mark.


CHELMSFORD -- The New Hampshire Wolfpack scored the winning touchdown with less than a minute to play and edged the Lowell Nor'easter, 16-13, in a hard-hitting New England Football League game played at Chelmsford High last Saturday.

The Nor'easter are now 0-2 on the young season, while the Wolfpack improved to 2-0.

Lowell will host the Merrimack Valley Pride of Lawrence on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Chelmsford High.