MIAA Softball: Dracut uses 7-run 4th inning explosion to win D2 North

BEVERLY – Down 3-0 after half an inning and 3-1 with two outs in the fourth after the first two batters were retired on two pitches, the Dracut Middies were on pins and needles.

Their opponents, the Swampscott Big Blue, entered the MIAA Division 2 North softball tournament as the no. 16 seed and upset no. 1 North Reading, no. 9 Wilmington and no. 5 Burlington to get to the sectional final, and were halfway to pulling off another stunning upset of no. 2 Dracut.

But all of a sudden, the Middies’ bats came to life, and by the end of the fourth, eight straight batters had reached base, and seven of them scored, giving Dracut a lead they would not relinquish en route to a 12-5 win Sunday at Endicott College.

After Lauren Byam (3-for-4, double, RBI, three runs) and Kayla Tyler (1-for-3, RBI) scored on errors to tie the game at 3, Nadia Saari came to the plate with the bases loaded and smacked a 2-2 pitch for a 3-run double into the gap to give the Middies (20-4) the lead for good. Saari finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Ryley White overcame the early deficit to get the complete game win, scattering eight hits and striking out eight. Her battery mate, catcher Sabrina Morse, went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs.

The Middies will return to Endicott College Tuesday at 5 p.m. to face South sectional champion Norton and Gatorade State Player of the Year Kelly Nelson in the state semifinal. Nelson posted a 0.11 ERA in the regular season, struck out an eye-popping 310 batters in just 125 innings and led the Lancers to an upset of previously-unbeaten Abington in the D2 South sectional final.



2017 MIAA Division 2 boys’ lacrosse state tournament pairings and schedule

All games at 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

North

Seedings

1. Wakefield (18-0)
2. Winchester (12-6)
3. Beverly (10-9)
4. Melrose (11-7)
5. Burlington (12-6)
6. Shawsheen (15-5)
7. Marblehead (10-8)
8. Malden Catholic (8-10)
9. Danvers (11-7)
10. Northeast (10-6)

Schedule

Wednesday, May 31

Danvers @ Malden Catholic
Northeast @ Marblehead

Saturday, June 3

Danvers/Malden Catholic winner @ Wakefield
Burlington @ Melrose
Northeast/Marblehead winner @ Winchester
Shawsheen @ Beverly

South

Seedings

1. Hingham (19-3)
2. Falmouth (14-3)
3. Bishop Feehan (14-4)
4. Scituate (12-8)
5. Sandwich (10-8)
6. Norwood (6-12)

Schedule

Friday, June 2

Sandwich @ Scituate
Norwood @ Bishop Feehan, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, June 6

Sandwich/Scituate winner @ Hingham
Norwood/Bishop Feehan winner @ Falmouth



Central/East

Seedings

1. Walpole (17-1)
2. Medfield (12-6)
3. Hopkinton (14-4)
4. North Attleboro (16-2)
5. Concord-Carlisle (12-8)
6. Westwood (11-7)
7. Wayland (12-5)
8. Foxboro (11-8)
9. Medway (10-8)
10. Belmont (10-8)
11. Dedham (4-12)

Schedule

TBA

Dedham @ Westwood

Wednesday, May 31

Medway @ Foxboro
Belmont @ Wayland

Friday, June 2

Medway/Foxboro winner @ Walpole
Concord-Carlisle @ North Attleboro
Belmont/Wayland winner @ Medfield
Dedham/Westwood winner @ Hopkinton

Central/West

Seedings

1. Longmeadow (17-3)
2. St. John’s-Shrewsbury (15-3)
3. Minnechaug (13-5)
4. Shrewsbury (13-7)
5. Tantasqua (15-5)
6. Westfield (11-7)
7. Chicopee (16-2)
8. East Longmeadow (14-4)
9. Algonquin (8-10)
10. Wachusett (10-8)
11. Nashoba (10-8)
12. Northampton (12-6)
13. Marlborough (9-9)
14. Shepherd Hill (11-9)
15. Chicopee Comp (10-7)

Schedule

Tuesday, May 30

Chicopee Comp @ St. John’s Shrewsbury, 4:30 p.m.
Wachusett @ Chicopee
Shepherd Hill @ Minnechaug, 4 p.m.
Nashoba @ Westfield, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 31

Algonquin @ East Longmeadow, 7 p.m.
Marlborough @ Shrewsbury, 4 p.m.
Northampton @ Tantasqua, 6 p.m.

2016 MIAA Division 2 softball tournament seedings

North

1. Tewksbury (17-3) .850
2. North Reading (17-4) .810
3. Marblehead (16-4) .800
4. Dracut (15-5) .750
5. Burlington (14-6) .700
6. Gloucester (13-6) .684
7. Swampscott (15-7) .682
8. Danvers (13-7) .650
9. Pentucket (13-7) .650
10. Saugus (13-7) .650
11. Wilmington (13-7) .650
12. Melrose (11-7) .611
13. Reading (12-8) .600
14. Arlington Catholic (11-9) .550
15. Hamilton-Wenham (11-9) .550
16. Wakefield (10-10) .500
17. Bedford (9-9) .500

South

1. Norton (19-1) .950
2. Hanover (17-3) .850
3. Case (17-3) .850
4. Dennis-Yarmouth (15-3) .833
5. Abington (18-4) .818
6. Bishop Stang (16-4) .800
7. Middleboro (15-5) .750
8. Dighton-Rehoboth (16-6) .727
9. Archbishop Williams (14-6) .700
10. Fontbonne (11-5) .688
11. Fairhaven (13-7) .650
12. Westwood (13-7) .650
13. Medfield (12-8) .600
14. Falmouth (10-8) .556
15. Seekonk (10-8) .556
16. Pembroke (10-8) .556
17. Holliston (11-9) .550
18. Wareham (10-10) .500
19. Bellingham (10-10) .500
20. Dedham (9-11) .450
21. Foxboro (8-12) .400

Central

1. Grafton (19-1) .950
2. Oakmont (15-1) .938
3. Auburn (17-3) .850
4. Nipmuc (13-5) .722
5. Lunenburg (12-6) .667
6. Leicester (13-7) .650
7. Millbury (13-7) .650
8. Gardner (12-8) .600
9. Tyngsboro (12-8) .600
10. Narragansett (12-8) .600
11. Northbridge (11-9) .550
12. Blackstone-Millville (10-10) .500

West

1. Hampshire (18-2)
2. Palmer (16-4)
3. Wahconah (15-5)
4. Southwick (15-5)
5. Frontier (12-6)
6. Easthampton (12-6)



2016 MIAA Division 2 baseball tournament seedings

North

1. Danvers (18-2) .900
2. Wakefield (17-3) .850
3. Reading (16-4) .800
4. Masconomet (16-4) .800
5. North Andover (16-4) .800
6. Marblehead (14-6) .700
7. Melrose (14-6) .700
8. Beverly (14-6) .700
9. Belmont (14-6) .700
10. Burlington (13-7) .650
11. Concord-Carlisle (13-7) .650
12. Salem (11-9) .550
13. Boston Latin (11-9) .550
14. Wilmington (10-10) .500
15. Lynn Classical (10-10) .500

South

1. Dighton-Rehoboth (17-3) .850
2. Whitman-Hanson (15-5) .750
3. Middleboro (13-5) .722
4. Stoughton (14-6) .700
5. Nauset (13-7) .650
6. Greater New Bedford (13-7) .650
7. Falmouth (12-8) .600
8. Medfield (11-9) .550
9. Bishop Feehan (11-9) .550
10. Pembroke (11-9) .550
11. Sandwich (11-9) .550
12. Oliver Ames (11-10) .524
13. Hopkinton (10-10) .500
14. Canton (10-10) .500
15. Somerset Berkley (7-13) .350