Greater Lowell Tech's terrific baseball season is over.
The third-seeded Gryphons were nipped, 2-1, by second-seeded St. Mary's during a tough battle Wednesday at Fraser Field.BASEBALL
Div. 2 North semifinal
ST. MARY'S 2, GREATER LOWELL 1 — The Gryphons took a 1-0 lead in the third of the third, but Greater Lowell's bats were stymied after that.
St. Mary's tied it 1-1 with a run in the bottom of the third. Greater Lowell (17-6) had runners on second and third in the fifth, but couldn't push a run across.
St. Mary's (17-5) then manufactured a run in the bottom of the fifth with two outs to go ahead for good.
The Gryphons advanced to the semifinals with clutch victories over Salem, 4-3, and Melrose, 3-2 in eight innings.
Div. 2 Central semifinal
HUDSON 2, LITTLETON 1 — The Tigers suffered a painful loss in nine innings during a classic game at Worcester State.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Hudson's Maggie Baker laid down the winning bunt to end the season of No. 4 Littleton (20-1), which absorbed its first loss.
Littleton grabbed a 1--0 lead in the top of the first and then was kept off the scoreboard the rest of the night. No. 1 Hudson (19-3) advances.
To advance to the semifinals, the Tigers defeated Douglas, 2-0, and Oakmont, 3-1.
Div. 1 North semifinal
ACTON-BOXBORO 4, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2 — The Colonials took a 4-0 lead into the sixth inning and held off a scrappy Central Catholic team at Martin Field in Lowell.
No. 2 Acton-Boxboro (22-1) scored twice to take a 2-0 lead in the second inning and doubled its lead before Central got on the board.
Acton-Boxboro had a nail-biting path to the North semifinal. After a bye, the Colonials had to rally to defeat Peabody in nine innings, 9-8, and then nipped upset-minded Lynn Classical, 3-2.
No. 22 Central Catholic (13-11), meanwhile, pulled three upsets, at least if seedings are concerned. The Lawrence school eliminated No. 11 Concord-Carlisle, 5-1, No. 7 Lincoln-Sudbury, 7-2, and No. 3 Medford, 9-0 in fairly easy fashion, showing the strength of the Merrimack Valley Conference.
Div. 1 North final
LEXINGTON 4, ACTON-BOXBORO 1 — Playing on its home court, top-seeded Lexington was too much for Acton-Boxboro to handle.
No. 6 A-B finished 12-6. Acton-Boxboro topped Lynn Classical, 5-0, Methuen, 5-0, and Lincoln-Sudbury, 3-2, to advance to the North final.
Meanwhile, Lexington (22-1) advances to play the South champion in a state semifinal on Monday.
Div. 1 North final
ACTON-BOXBORO 4, LINCOLN-SUDBURY 1 — The Colonials captured the North championship in impressive fashion in Lexington.
No. 5 Acton-Boxboro (14-3) defeated its Dual County League rival, as No. 6 Lincoln-Sudbury completed an 11-6 campaign.
En route to advancing to the North final, Acton-Boxboro received a bye and then eliminated MVC schools Chelmsford, 5-0, and Andover, 3-2.
The Colonials aren't done. They will face the South champion on Monday, the time and location to be announced.