MIAA baseball: Chelmsford takes advantage of Lowell miscues in upset

LOWELL – Had the Chelmsford Lions not won their final two games of the regular season, not only would they not have made the MIAA Division 1 North baseball tournament, but their opponent, the Lowell Red Raiders, would have had a bye in the first round.

But the no. 13 seed Lions took advantage of their opportunity and came away with a 6-4 upset of the no. 4 seed Red Raiders Thursday night at Alumni Stadium.

“I said we were going to make these tournament games three games ago,” Chelmsford head coach Mike O’Keefe said. “We want to have some excitement. This is an elimination game. We’re a little bit used to it. Maybe we didn’t want that to have to happen three games ago, but I think in a strange way it helps us coming into the tournament.”

The Lions used a combination of their baserunning and Lowell’s miscues to sink the opposition. Five stolen bases, five errors, three hit batsmen, two wild pitches and a balk led to five unearned runs for the Lions. The lone earned run proved to be the eventual game winner when Mitch Smith (2-for-2, double, stolen base, walk, hit by pitch) scored on an RBI double by Derek Adamson (2-for-4) as part of a four-run fourth.

“One of the things we’ve struggled with (against Lowell) was putting the ball in play,” O’Keefe said. “That’s what we were stressing all week long – make sure they have to make some plays. We didn’t know it was going to work out the way that it did… the ball bounced our way, literally.”

Mitch McCabe (1-for-3, double, stolen base, two runs) scored an insurance run in the fifth after Lowell’s Dalton Quinn committed a balk.

Lowell never quit, using their own baserunning skills to claw back into the game in the fourth. Dawy Lebron scored on a passed ball and Edgar Velazquez stole home as part of a double steal attempt to cut the Chelmsford lead to 5-3.

Josh Roberge toughed out 6 1/3 innings to get the win for the Lions. He scattered eight hits while striking out nine. After allowing a leadoff walk in the top of the seventh, Joe Levesque came in to get the final three batters in order for the save.

The Red Raiders (13-8) opened the scoring with small ball in the bottom of the first. Keith Lynch led off the inning with a double, Matt Smith sacrificed him over to third, and Alex Cruz (3-for-3) plated him with an RBI single.

Chelmsford tied the game in the top of the second as John Barry scored on an error.



MIAA tournament scoreboard – 6/1/2016

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Baseball

Super 8

#1 BC High 6, #8 Newton North 5 (12 inn.)
#2 St. John’s-Shrewsbury 12, Plymouth North 9
#4 Xaverian 6, #5 Pope Francis 0
#6 Braintree 10, #3 St. John’s Prep 4

Boys’ lacrosse

Division 1 North

#5 Acton-Boxboro 15, #12 Medford 1
#6 Westford 14, #11 Haverhill 7
#7 North Andover 19, #10 Revere 2
#8 Lexington 13, #9 Waltham 12 (OT)

Division 1 South

#17 Barnstable 11, #16 Dartmouth 6

Division 2 North

#7 Marblehead 20, #10 Northeast 5
#8 Burlington 10, #9 Gloucester 9

Division 2 South

#3 Sandwich 10, #6 Canton 9
#5 Scituate 9, #4 Bishop Feehan 7

Division 3 North

#5 Newburyport 24, #12 Stoneham 3
#7 Pentucket 19, #10 Essex Tech 1

Division 3 South

#5 Cohasset 14, #12 St. John Paul II 6
#9 Cardinal Spellman 12, #8 Abington 10
#11 Old Rochester 12, #6 Tri-County 3
#18 Coyle Cassidy 13, #15 South Shore 6

Division 3 Central/East

#3 Littleton 12, #6 Tyngsboro 5
#4 Groton-Dunstable 16, #5 Bedford 5
#8 Ashland 10, #9 Arlington Catholic 3

Girls’ lacrosse

Division 1 Central/West

#6 Northampton 20, #11 Westfield 10



MIAA tournament scoreboard – 5/31/2016

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Boys’ lacrosse

Division 1 South

#18 Framingham 11, #15 Plymouth North 6

Division 2 South

#8 Oliver Ames 8, #9 Apponequet 4

Division 2 Central/East

#7 Medway 14, #10 Sharon 12
#9 Hopkinton 16, #8 Arlington 8

Division 2 Central/West

#3 Westborough 15, #14 Chicopee 1
#4 St. John’s-Shrewsbury 13, #13 Doherty 3
#7 Westfield 18, #10 Pittsfield 4
#9 Tantasqua18, #9 Marlborough 16
#11 Wachusett 15, #6 Chicopee Comp 5

Division 3 South

#13 Old Colony 11, #20 Sturgis East 9
#14 Sacred Heart 9, #19 Bristol-Plymouth 2
#16 Martha’s Vineyard 12, #17 Mashpee 8

Division 3 Central/West

#8 Monument Mountain 9, #9 Hoosac Valley 7

Girls’ lacrosse

Division 1 East

#3 Concord-Carlisle 20, #14 Oliver Ames 1
#6 Acton-Boxboro 21, #11 Newton South 6
#8 Newton North 7, #9 Natick 6
#10 King Philip 7, #7 Westford 6

Division 1 North

#1 North Andover 17, #16 Revere 1
#2 Masconomet 14, #15 Salem 1
#4 Peabody 9, #13 Methuen 7
#5 Woburn 12, #12 Winchester 5
#6 Andover 19, #11 Beverly 10
#7 Danvers 18, #10 Wakefield 6
#9 Chelmsford 12, #8 Haverhill 3

Division 1 South

#3 Notre Dame-Hingham 16, #14 New Bedford 1
#4 Wellesley 20, #13 North Quincy 6
#5 Hingham 16, #12 Canton 9
#7 Marshfield 18, #10 Nauset 13

Division 1 Central/West

#7 Wachusett 17, #10 Doherty 5
#9 Tantasqua 15, #8 North Middlesex 11

Division 2 East

#6 Dartmouth 15, #11 Medway 11
#7 Dover-Sherborn 16, #10 Weston 5
#8 North Attleboro 14, #9 Hopkinton 12

Division 2 North

#3 Austin Prep 17, #14 Essex Tech 3
#4 Bishop Fenwick 19, #13 Gloucester 4
#5 Newburyport 24, #12 St. Mary’s-Lynn 8
#6 Ipswich 17, #11 Lynnfield 7
#9 Shawsheen 15, #8 Lowell Catholic 13

Division 2 South

#8 Hanover 19, #9 St. John Paul II 11
#14 Old Colony 14, #19 Mashpee 3
#15 Dedham 10, #18 Nantucket 5
#16 Falmouth 15, #17 Bourne 14

Division 2 Central/West

#1 Bromfield 17, #16 Pope Francis 3
#2 Groton-Dunstable 13, #15 Hudson 0
#4 Grafton 19, #13 Notre Dame-Worcester 5
#6 Littleton 13, #11 Belchertown 10
#12 Nipmuc 16, #5 Granby 15 (OT)



2016 MIAA Division 3 softball tournament seedings

North

1. Whittier (18-2) .900
2. Brighton (17-2) .894
3. Austin Prep (17-3) .850
4. St. Mary’s-Lynn (16-4) .800
5. Amebury (16-4) .800
6. O’Bryant (13-4) .765
7. Essex Tech (15-5) .750
8. Chelsea (12-4) .750
9. Mystic Valley (14-5) .737
10. Lowell Catholic (14-5) .737
11. Snowden (11-4) .733
12. Mount Alvernia (12-6) .667
13. Boston Latin (14-7) .667
14. New Mission (10-5) .667
15. Fenway (10-6) .625
16. Presentation of Mary (9-7) .563
17. Northeast (10-8) .556
18. Greater Lawrence (10-8) .556
19. Rockport (10-8) .556
20. Ipswich (10-8) .556
21. Cathedral (8-8) .500
22. Lynnfield (9-9) .500
23. East Boston (8-10) .444
24. Winthrop (6-14) .300

South

1. West Bridgewater (17-3) 0.850
2. Greater New Bedford (18-4) 0.818
3. Bristol Aggie (13-3) 0.813
4. Monomoy (16-4) 0.800
5. Sturgis West (12-3) 0.800
6. Nantucket (16-4) 0.800
7. Holbrook (14-4) 0.778
8. Norfolk Aggie (14-4) 0.778
9. Bristol-Plymouth (15-5) 0.750
10. Maimonides (9-3) 0.750
11. East Bridgewater (13-5) 0.722
12. Sturgis East (11-5) 0.688
13. Diman (13-7) 0.650
14. Millis (13-8) 0.619
15. Carver (10-8) 0.556
16. Tri-County (9-9) 0.500
17. Upper Cape (10-10) 0.500
18. Bourne (5-15) 0.250

Central

1. Hopedale (16-3) .842
2. Blackstone Valley (15-4) .789
3. Tahanto (13-4) .765
4. Worcester Tech (15-5) .750
5. Sizer (12-5) .706
6. Assabet Valley (14-6) .700
7. Maynard (13-6) .684
8. Monty Tech (13-7) .650
9. AMSA (13-7) .650
10. Bay Path (12-8) .600
11. Whitinsville Christian (10-8) .556
12. Ayer-Shirley (10-8) .556
13. Uxbridge (10-10) .500
14. Murdock (10-10) .500
15. Abby Kelley (9-11) .450
16. Littleton (8-10) .444
17. Quaboag (8-12) .400

West

1. Monson (20-0)
2. Turners Falls (19-1)
3. Mt. Everett (16-3)
4. Hoosac Valley (11-7)
5. Putnam (17-3)
6. Greenfield (13-5)
7. Granby (10-10)
8. Franklin Tech (16-4)
9. Pope Francis (11-7)
10. Pioneer Valley (10-10)
11. Ware (8-10)
12. Smith Voke (13-7)
13. Mohawk (10-10)
14. Westfield Tech (9-7)