On a warm, sunny Tuesday morning at Newburyport High School, Frank Carey and his North Reading Hornets, the defending Division 3 state baseball champions, looked to make history.
With a crisp 10 a.m. start time — an April school vacation special — the Hornets got right to work in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs to support senior starting pitcher Ryan McAuliffe, but more importantly Carey, who was sitting on 699 victories.
The game was never close, and a three-run burst that included three straight doubles in the second bumped the lead to 5-0 and the Hornets finished with a 9-1 win, giving Carey, who has been at the helm for 46 years, victory No. 700.
McAuliffe went all seven innings, allowing only four hits and two walks while striking out 15 Clippers.
After the game, the 50 or so North Reading fans who made the trip applauded Carey before two players ran behind him and gave him an ice-water shower from the team’s Gatorade cooler.
Following the win, an emotional Carey said, “in a few months I’ll appreciate this, but it’s difficult today.”
Earlier this week, Tim Chaloux, a Pingree student and North Reading native, who was close to several players on Carey’s team, was killed in a car crash on Route 128. Carey said Chaloux’s death and the tragedies at the Boston Marathon made this a “tough week” for his team.
Malden Catholic 5, Catholic Memorial 1 — Senior Nick George went the distance and struck out 10 and junior Cam Lanzilli hit a grand slam for Lancers (5-1).
Plymouth South 14, Sharon 2 — Senior Brent Eaton pitched a three-hitter with six strikeouts. Fellow senior Ted Savage had a home run and two RBIs for the Panthers (1-1).
Swampscott 10, Winthrop 3 — Junior Al Walach pitched seven innings without allowing an earned run for the Big Blue. Brendan McDonald took care of the offense, going 4 for 4 with a home run.
Wilmington 3, Tewksbury 1 — Freshman lefthander Jackson Gillis stuck out 15 en route to earning his first varsity win.
Medford 7, Stoneham 0 — Senior John Lavoie fanned eight in his shutout for the Mustangs. Senior Chris Hayes and junior Kevin Andrew collected RBIs.
Bridgewater-Raynham 9, New Bedford 4 — Sophomore pitcher Jack Connolly threw a five-hitter and struck out 10 for the Trojans. With the game tied at 3-3 in the top of the seventh, Adam Chase hit a three-run homer to boost B-R.
Chelmsford 13, Lawrence 1 — Junior Russell Oliver earned the win, pitching five innings and allowing just one run. He also picked up three hits.
Reading 4, Winchester 3 — Siobhan O'Sullivan went 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead the Rockets.
Bishop Feehan 3, Somerset Berkley 2 — Brenna Legacy scored the winning run in the eighth on Danielle O'Neill’s single for the 5-0 Shamrocks.
East Bridgewater 8, Whitman-Hanson 2 — Freshman Jenna Kalabach had a double, a home run, and four RBIs for the Vikings.
Lexington Christian 14, Wheeler (R.I.) 5 — Freshman Shae Roys was 3 for 4 with six stolen bases, two runs, and an RBI. Her sister, Callan, went 3 for 5 with a run, two RBIs, and three stolen basesLions.
Silver Lake 12, Plymouth North 0 — Senior captain Alex Barone had two hits, including one home run, and three RBIs.
Methuen 10, Lawrence 1 — Jason Smith earned his 100th win as head coach of the Rangers.
Framingham 7, Auburn 4 — Jordan Lavallee was 2 for 3 with a double and solo homer and Jackie Matthews was 3 for 4 with a double as the host Rockets (5-2) fell to Framingham in the championship game of the Rocket Classic.