Hornets grab big win

The Manchester Essex softball team is now in the driver’s seat for a second place finish in the Cape Ann League Baker Division.

With a 4-2 win over Ipswich on Wednesday, the Hornets (8-9, 8-6 CAL) move into second place in the league, one game ahead of Ipswich. Manchester Essex has two league games remaining and can clinch an automatic postseason berth with a win in both.

The Hornets were on the brink of defeat in Wednesday’s game, trailing 2-1 heading into the seventh until Belle Graves tied it with a RBI single and Claire Gendron drove in the winning runs with a two RBI hit. Sydney Levasseur had 15 strikeouts on the mound.

Manchester Essex is back in action on Friday at Pope John (4 p.m.).

Rockport falls to H-W

The Rockport softball hung tough all season long, but it was eliminated from postseason contention with a 10-8 loss to Hamilton-Wenham on Wednesday.

The Vikings (6-11) were led by three hits and three RBIs from Lauren Ryan and three hits and two RBIs from Kylie Wheat. Abby Engel had three hits, including two doubles, Kylie Schrock had two hits and drove in two runs.

Rockport hosts Ipswich on Friday (3:45 p.m.).

Local Sports Schedule

FRIDAY, MAY 24

Baseball: Gloucester vs. Winthrop (3 p.m.)

Boys Lacrosse: Gloucester vs. Manchester Essex (7 p.m.)

Softball: Rockport vs. Ipswich (3:45 p.m.), Manchester Essex at Pope John (4 p.m.)

Girls Lacrosse: Gloucester at Swampscott (4 p.m.)

Boys Tennis: Gloucester at Peabody (4 p.m.), Rockport at Manchester Essex (3:30 p.m.)

SATURDAY, MAY 25

Baseball: Gloucester vs. Melrose (4 p.m.), Rockport vs. Manchester Essex, Rockport Memorial Day Tournament (6 p.m.)

Softball: Gloucester vs. Ipswich, Gloucester Memorial Day Tournament (3 p.m.)

SUNDAY, MAY 26

Baseball: Gloucester at Melrose (4 p.m.), Rockport vs. Hamilton-Wenham or Ipswich, Rockport Memorial Day Tournament (12 or 2:30 p.m.); Manchester Essex vs. Hamilton-Wenham or Ipswich (12 or 2:30 p.m.)

Softball: Gloucester vs. Arlington or Hamilton-Wenham, Gloucester Memorial Day Tournament (3 or 5 p.m.)

MONDAY, MAY 27

Boys Tennis: Manchester Essex vs. Pentucket (10 a.m.)

TUESDAY, MAY 28

Softball: Rockport at Manchester Essex (6 p.m.)

Boys Lacrosse: Manchester Essex at Danvers (6 p.m.)

Girls Tennis: Gloucester vs. Peabody (3:15 p.m.)