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May 10, 2013

ME boys tennis remains unbeaten in thriller


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — BOYS TENNIS

MANCHESTER ESSEX 3, NORTH READING 2

Manchester Essex came out on top in what sounded like a phenomenal day of tennis on Wednesday afternoon, knocking off North Reading in a nail-biter to remain undefeated.

Mike Fuca continued to roll at first singles and won his match 6-1, 6-3, while Sam Girian grabbed the win at third singles 6-0, 7-6 (7-3).

Seniors Colin Babikian and Josh Christopher rounded out the wins for the Hornets with a 6-4, 6-1 win at second doubles.

The win moves the Hornets to 8-0 on the year.

GIRLS TENNIS

MANCHESTER ESSEX 5, NORTH READING 0

The Hornets kept rolling on Wednesday with yet another lopsided victory, this time with North Reading filling the role of unfortunate opponent.

Brittany Collens and Michelle Fuca continued to dominate at the top-two singles spots, respectively, and each won their match 6-0, 6-0.

Kendall McCormick added a 6-1, 6-1 win of her own at third singles, while Rachel Daley and Chanel Bullock combined for a lopsided 6-0, 6-1 victory at first doubles.

Molly Carlson and Avery St. Sauveur won the day’s closest match at second singles but still prevailed in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

NEWBURYPORT 3, ROCKPORT 2

Rockport dropped a close one to Newburyport on Wednesday afternoon in a match that featured first-to-10 pro sets due to incoming inclement weather.

Abby Hood continued her excellent season at first singles with another win, this one coming to the tune of 10-6. Meghan Reilly and Katie Andrews added Rockport’s second point with a 10-10 (7-4) tiebreak victory at second doubles.

The Vikings are back at it today against Our Lady of Nazareth.

BASEBALL

GLOUCESTER 15, WINTHROP 0 (6 innings)

The Fishermen grabbed a huge bounce-back win Wednesday after dropping an extra-inning affair with Lynn English the night before.

Lenny Taormina went the distance for the Fishermen, striking out six and scattering three Winthrop hits, while Jordan Pallazola (three hits, HR, 5 RBI) and Mike Muniz (three hits, HR, 3 RBI) paced the offensive attack.

The win moved the Fishermen to 9-4 on the year and they can qualify for the state tournament with a win today at Beverly (4:15).

GIRLS LACROSSE

MANCHESTER ESSEX 15, TRITON 5

The Hornets grabbed their fifth-straight win and improved to 11-2 on the year with another lopsided victory Wednesday.

Taylor Meek and Brittany Smith each continued their huge offensive seasons with four goals and two assists apiece.

Lynnfield will travel to Hyland Field to take on the Hornets this afternoon (3:45).

SOFTBALL

WINTHROP 4, GLOUCESTER 3

The young Fishermen continue improving, but they were again unable to get over the hump Wednesday against a tough Winthrop team.

As has been the case all season, the Fishermen’s loss was the result of defensive miscues as all four Winthrop runs were unearned in.

Sophomore Tess Benson continued to rip the cover off the ball, going 3-for-3 with three doubles in the loss, while Darien Foley laced a leadoff triple in the sixth inning but was stranded at third. Gloucester now sits at 2-11 on the year.

NEWBURYPORT 9, ROCKPORT 3

After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Vikings were overwhelmed by Newburyport on Wednesday in what developed into a lopsided loss.

Hannah Lorden took the loss on the mound but had a huge day at the plate in the loss, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a run.

The loss drops the Vikings to 4-7 on the year as they look to make a second-half push to the postseason.